Dr. Hargraves honors a colleague's memory
SOE faculty member helps ease burden on financially strapped students
December 16, 2018
Dr. Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves is an associate professor in the VCU School of Education's Department of Teaching and Learning. She was featured in the December issue of Black & Gold & You, an e-newsletter produced by the VCU Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
When VCU associate professor Loraine Stewart, Ph.D., died from cancer in 2015, a group of her colleagues in the School of Education decided to honor her memory by establishing a scholarship in her name.
Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Education and the College of Engineering, was a founder of the Loraine M. Stewart Endowed Scholarship in 2016. The fund supports undergraduate and graduate students who plan to teach early/elementary education, Stewart’s academic specialty.
“For me, it was just really wanting to find a way to commemorate her,” says Hargraves, who has been a VCU faculty member for 23 years.
She is also passionate about easing the burden on financially strapped students.
“I am a huge proponent of scholarship opportunities for our young people,” Hargraves says. “Too often, I come across students who are working two jobs, worried about how they’re going to buy their books, just trying to make ends meet and, at the same time, go to school. Any type of scholarship fund that I potentially could support for a student is vitally important.”