When Bebe Warren, a retired educator and wife of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s founding chairman, died in May of this year, her legacy included dozens of PBA teachers whom she encouraged through her named scholarship.
Her husband, the late Dr. Donald E. Warren, established the Bebe Warren Scholarship fund in 2001 in partnership with the Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Foundation. Each year, Mrs. Warren would visit with the elementary education majors who received a financial award to assist them during their semester of student teaching. She could relate to their desire to be in the classroom while still fulfilling their own course requirements. A graduate of Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., Mrs. Warren taught elementary school in Anderson, Winston-Salem, N.C. and Durham, N.C., before leading a preschool teaching lab at Duke University in the mid-1950s. She left teaching to become a doctor’s wife, mother and active volunteer, including serving on the PTA at Northboro Elementary School in 1966.
Upon Mrs. Warren’s death at age 90, a gift from the Warren estate along with additional donations from friends and family members boosted the balance of the Bebe Warren Scholarship Fund. This endowment now provides Palm Beach Atlantic the opportunity to create a signature scholarship to support more students who aspire to be elementary school teachers.
The new Bebe Warren Scholars Program will offer scholarships to three freshmen and one transfer student each year. Awards will be $5,000 annually and are renewable, with $7,500 awarded during the student’s senior year. Interested prospective students should inquire with their admissions counselor for details on how to apply.
“The education department is excited to provide the Bebe Warren scholarship to qualified incoming elementary education majors,” said Dr. Chelly Templeton, dean of School of Education and Behavioral Studies. “These scholarship dollars offer opportunity for outstanding students to fulfill big dreams as they influence their world for Christ in classrooms at home and abroad.”
At PBA, senior education majors have a ‘dream semester’ when aspiring teachers can request a student teaching assignment that best reflects their career aspirations. PBA education majors have completed student teaching assignments within the U.S. and internationally. This fall, several students traveled to Australia to fulfill their student teaching requirement. The Warren Excellence in Teaching Scholarship will continue to provide $1,500 for qualified majors during their semester of student teaching.