Holmes Scholars Program


Established in 1991, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Holmes Scholars Program supports students from historically underrepresented communities enrolled in doctoral programs in education. The goal of the program is to offer mentorship, peer support, professional development, and rich scholarly experiences to Scholars, who in turn, become an outstanding pool of candidates for future faculty and leadership positions. Since 2008, Purdue University’s College of Education has sponsored the Holmes Scholars Program as a means to support the retention and graduation of historically underrepresented students pursing a doctoral degree in education.
For more information visit AACTE Holmes Scholars Program website.

Who is Eligible?

  • Per AACTE requirements: Individual that identifies as traditionally underrepresented in the education professoriate or in leadership position in education and education research fields. This includes racial, linguistic, ethnic minorities, and people with exceptionalities.
  • Full-time enrollment in a College of Education doctoral program
  • Successful completion of at least one semester of doctoral coursework
  • Evidence of a commitment to equity and diversity within education
  • Interest in pursuing a career as a faculty member (or other leadership positions) within education

Additional Information

Meet Purdue’s Holmes Scholars

Adegoke Adetunji

Adegoke Adetunji
Curriculum and Instruction
My research interest focuses on the intersection of race and religion in education and first-generation African immigrants in community colleges.


Troy Bell

Troy Bell
Independent Interdisciplinary PhD – Curriculum and Instruction
My research focus is an evaluation of the governance models and structures used in local government and K-12 education to examine how the various levels of interface and collaboration between the entities can affect vulnerable communities.


Horane Holgate

Horane Holgate
Educational Studies
My research focus on cultivating socially and culturally responsive classroom and institutional climates.


Taewon Kim

Taewon Kim
Educational Studies
My research focus on helping people with marginalized identities access meaningful and fulfilling work.


Marquetta Strait

Marquetta Strait
Curriculum and Instruction
My research interest include college readiness for first generation college students, college retention, motivation, and instructional design.


Past Holmes Scholars

Temitope F. Adeoye (2016)
Shalyse Iseminger (2016)
LaMarcus Hall (2015)
Kwalfle Scott-Bradley (2014)
Ileana Cortes-Santiago (2012)
Constance Harris (2010)
Kevin Brooks (2009)

Contact Floyd Craig at fhcraig@purdue.edu


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