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W. Vernon Hicks Memorial Scholarship

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To recognize an outstanding student and/or practitioner in elementary education.


About William V. Hicks

William V. Hicks was a professor in the Department of Elementary and Special Education/Administration and Higher Education from 1953-1974. Widely known among educators throughout the country, Dr. Hicks was the author of numerous books, including The Elementary School Principal at Work (1956), Introduction to Education (1966) and The New Elementary School Curriculum (1970). 

He also had articles published in many of the leading education journals. He joined MSU’s College of Education faculty as an associate professor in 1953 following a career as a high school teacher in Carbondale, IL, and elementary and junior high school principal in Momence, IL and Grosse Pointe, MI. At MSU he had served as coordinator of student teaching, director of the Student Teacher Education Program and the Elementary Intern Program, and chairman of the Department of Elementary and Special Education.

In addition, Dr. Hicks served as a visiting lecturer at universities throughout the US, including Wayne State University, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, State University of New York, and University of Oregon. A native of Golconda, IL, Dr. Hicks earned his bachelor of education degree at Southern Illinois University in 1938, the master’s degree at University of Illinois in 1942 and the PhD degree at Wayne State University in 1952.

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