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Ms. Felicia Manning, a senior and student intern in the Department of Elementary Education at Fayetteville State University, is the recipient of the Strong Foundation Scholarship for Fall 2014.    The Strong Foundation Scholarship supports undergraduate teacher education candidates who have exhibited outstanding success and enthusiasm in field experience prior to the final year of the program.  These students must have achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA in the two semesters prior to the final year as well as have expressed a financial need.

Ms. Manning is completing her student internship at Lloyd E. Auman Elementary in Cumberland County.  Ms. Manning is a native of Scotland County where she attended high school at Scotland High in Laurinburg, North Carolina.  She has three children that currently attend public school in Scotland County.

 College has been a struggle to complete with the responsibilities of ensuring that her children have continuous success in their academic endeavors and managing a full-time job as a paraprofessional.  However, with motivation, support and her children's continuous sacrifices, Ms. Manning is completing the last measure of her journey toward her B.S degree in Elementary Education.

Her journey does not stop here, as Ms. Manning inspires to further her degree as a reading specialist and administrator.  Her educational philosophy is a teacher should use his/her ability to maximize potential, enhance lives and engage students in order to create meaningful thinkers and lifelong learners.  She believes that challenge leads to success.

 A good teacher is like a ... candle releasing a light so that students will open their eyes to a... vibrant world.  ...a candle does not essentially mean he or she will burn out but rather give the finest and brightest measure ... and share knowledge.

Past Winners                          


 Anna D. Lee decided to purse a degree in elementary education so that she can provide support and encouragement to children who need it. Teachers often take on many roles and she is preparing and eager for the challenge.




La' Juana McNeill has been persistent and determined to become an educator through many hardships and difficulties that have come her way. She has steadily worked as a substitute teacher for over two years. She believes the light of a good teachers burns brightly because of the passion that drives and motivates them to teach others.

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