Delaware PTA Awards Scholarships to Two Delaware High school Graduates


Bear, DE— Delaware PTA is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the Delaware PTA Betty Lewis and Debbie King Scholarships. Each year Delaware PTA offers scholarships to graduating Delaware high school students planning to enter an Education or Early Childhood Education post-secondary program. The scholarships are open to any graduating student that is a member of their local PTA/PTSA or is Delaware VIP. The scholarships are awarded based on financial need and academic achievement.


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Abigail Bilbrough, 2016 graduate of Smyrna High school received a $1000.00 scholarship from the Delaware PTA Debbie King Scholarship fund. This scholarship is awarded to graduating Delaware students planning to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. Abigail is involved win FEA (Future Educators of America) and FCCLA (Family Community Career Leaders of America. She has also received a certificate of completion for Early Childhood Education from the Delaware Department of Education. In addition to achieving inclusion on the honor roll during all four years of high school, Abigail also created and illustrated a children’s book, earning second place in the FEA state competition. Abigail will be attending Wilmington University in the fall with a dual major in Early Childhood Education and Special Education.

“This financial support means a lot to our family, as a single mom with 3 children (2 in college!), this scholarship will support Abigail’s educational goals and lessen the financial burden for us.  Thank you, we are extremely grateful for the support of the Delaware PTA.” Marcia Fox, Abigail’s Mother




Alexis Gooch, 2016 graduate of Cape Henlopen High school received a $1000.00 scholarship from the Delaware PTA Betty Lewis Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is awarded to graduating Delaware students planning to pursue a career in Education or Early Childhood Education. Alexis, the 2015 recipient of the Unsung Hero award, is a member of the National Honor Society, and the Leo Club. Alexis was voted captain of the Cape Henlopen girls field hockey team by her teammates and she received NFHCA National Academic Squad Honors, for maintaining an A average during the field hockey season. She excelled in the Mentoring, Mentoring 2 and Early Childhood Education courses, which included a nine-week classroom portion that discusses person first language, students with disabilities and education programming specific to teaching students with Autism. Alexis will be attending Eastern University in the fall where she will continue to play field hockey and pursue a dual certification in Elementary Education and Special Education.


About Delaware PTA

The Delaware Congress of Parents and Teachers, also known as the Delaware State PTA, is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up of volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of Delaware’s children. With more than 7000 members, the Delaware State PTA is Delaware’s largest and oldest child advocacy organization. We are a state charter of the National PTA, made up of local units throughout the State of Delaware. Delaware State PTA prides itself on being a powerful voice for children, a relevant resource for parents, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in the Delaware State PTA is open to anyone who is concerned with the education, health, and welfare of children and youth, and supports the mission of PTA. To learn more visit