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UNC Charlotte awarded the first of its Theresa Perez Memorial Scholarship

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CHARLOTTE, NC - UNC Charlotte awarded Lydia Fergison '09 M.Ed., principal of North K-8 Language Academy and education doctoral student, with its Theresa Perez Memorial Scholarship, making her the first recipient of the scholarship.

The scholarship will provide graduate students in the Cato College of Education with an award of approximately $1,000. It is funded by Friends of UNC Charlotte.

“Recipients of the Theresa Perez Memorial Scholarship must demonstrate a deep level of commitment to the promotion of equity and the advocacy for English learners." said chair of the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education, Lan Kolano.

Fergison was the principal at Newell Elementary. She was also a former student of Perez. She is now pursuing her doctoral degree in the Curriculum and Intruction program, focusing on urban literacy.

Kolano said that Fergison has shown a robust dedication in the education of immigrant children and their familiesin in her professional career. She has also been successful in fostering a sense of social justice in all the schools she served.

Theresa Perez was a professor of education, Cato College of Education faculty member and a community activist. After moving to Charlotte in 1998, She became a dedicated advocate for educational equity for immigrants in Charlotte. She had a significant contribution to the creation of the Teaching English as a Second Language program. The scholarship was created to honor her many contributions in those areas.

Perez retired from UNC Charlotte in 2012 after 14 years of service and came back to Fresno County being identified with Lou Gehrig's disease. She later died in 2019.

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