Senior Samantha Lingamfelter wins SU’s 10th TASPA scholarship
The scholarship, granted annually by the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators, honors the best teacher candidates in the state. Lingamfelter, a mathematics senior, student-athlete and campus leader, plans to teach secondary math upon graduation.
The SU Education Department produces award-winning teachers year after year. No other university in Texas comes close to creating the 10 consecutive winners of the TASPA Scholarship program. The scholarship is awarded annually by the 779-member professional organization which represents the recruiting/human resources staff of 340 state school districts.
As a student at Southwestern, Lingamfelter served as a Resident Assistant, Spanish tutor, coach for various summer camps, captain of the volleyball team, ESL teacher for Southwestern staff interested in improving their English skills and Operation Achievement mentor. She also held leadership roles in Sigma Delta Pi (national Spanish honor society), Kappa Delta Pi (national education honor society), Pi Mu Epsilon (national mathematics honor society) and Sigma Phi Lambda, a Christian women’s social sorority.
The daughter of a teacher, Lingamfelter credits her middle school math teacher and high school calculus teacher as the ultimate inspirations for also pursuing a teaching career.
Past winners of the TASPA scholarship from Southwestern include:
2008: Kristin Lahaie
2007: Jessica Ratcliffe
2006: Cassandra Ashby
2005: Grant Kessler
2004: Whitney McCall
2003: Lisa Blancarte
2002: Sarah Seawell
2001: Barbara Ahrendt
2000: Emily Walker