Orange Holmes Scholars are first- or second- year doctoral students interested in teacher, leader or counselor education. The Syracuse University School of Education is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), where the Holmes Scholars Program supports students from historically underrepresented communities enrolled in doctoral programs in education.
Students eligible to become Orange Holmes Scholars are:
All doctoral students will receive information on the application process by email. Two scholars are chosen each year to be part of a cohort for the next three years.
2023 Scholars: Hemalathaa K. Yuvaraja and Etije Mehdori Walker
2022 Scholars: Ana Borjas and ParKer Bryant
“Being in community with other educators, researchers, professors, doctoral students and candidates of color was the evidence I needed to know I was right where I should be. It also helped me quickly identify the work that needed to be done to dismantle barriers the hinder access to higher education for people of color.”
—Phillandra Smith, 2019 Holmes cohort, special education
“The Orange Holmes program has welcomed me with open arms. Being a first-generation student who does not have a lot of familial support, I rely heavily on faculty, staff, and peers, including this program and my cohort-mates. There aren’t many spaces at a Predominantly White Institution (PWI) where students of color feel a sense of belonging. Programs such as these are vital for us to be retained at these schools and boost the number of students of color who finish graduate degrees. This is an aspect of organizations that I never spent much time considering in undergrad but have come to be very reflective of. Despite how busy we may be as grad students; we should find time to get involved and stay in community with our peers.”
—Cassaundra Guzman, 2021 Holmes cohort, cultural foundations of education