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Darden College of Education & Professional StudiesHolmes Scholar Program

The American Association of College and Teacher Education (AACTE) is a leading voice on educator preparation and represents more than 800 postsecondary institutions. Old Dominion University (ODU) and the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies (DCEPS) is a proud member of AACTE and the Holmes program. This program is dedicated to supporting students who self-identify as racially and ethnically diverse and are pursuing a doctoral degree in an education-related field.


The Holmes Program is designed to enhance the education profession by recruiting, preparing, and sustaining scholar-leaders who reflect and understand the implications of diverse perspectives in the nation's learning communities. It is, by all accounts, a model of best practice. The Holmes program provides mentorship, peer support, and rich professional development opportunities to doctoral students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. The Holmes program also strives to assist AACTE in developing an exceptional pool of diverse candidates for faculty and leadership positions within education.


  1. All DCEPS Holmes Scholars are fully-funded graduate students.

  2. Monthly DCEPS Holmes Scholars Program gatherings and professional development.

  3. Access to guidance from the DCEPS Holmes Scholars Program Director, and DCEPS Holmes Scholars Faculty Mentors.

  4. Access to a national network of faculty and peers, professional development, and more.

  5. Funding for attending the Holmes Preconference at the AACTE Annual Meeting.

  6. Funding for the AACTE Holmes Program Summer Policy Institute and Day on the Hill.

  7. All students will engage in research, networking, and other scholarship throughout their tenure as a Holmes Scholar student.

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  • Graduate Program Director
  • Counseling & Human Services
  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-7142

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"By providing mentorship, peer support, and professional development opportunities, we aim to empower underrepresented doctoral students, [...] with the skills and network they need to thrive in academia."

Tammi Dice, dean, Darden College of Education & Professional Studies

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