Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling
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A Model of Support for Minority Doctoral Student Success: Bridging Mentoring, Professional Development, Scholarship, and Community Service

The Holmes Partnership established the Holmes Scholars® program in 1991 to provide support and mentoring for underrepresented students in leadership positions in institutions of higher education and professional development schools located in public school districts. The primary goal was to establish equity, diversity and cultural competence in programs of higher education and PK-12 schools. The program was originally designed to enrich the scholarly experience and professional training of talented graduate-level students from underrepresented minority backgrounds or students with disabilities pursuing careers in education. As of June 2010, AACTE assumed the management and coordination of the Holmes Scholars® Program for the Holmes Partnership. June 2011, HBCUs were invited to become members of the Holmes Scholars ® organization. In 2013, Florida A&M University became the first HBCU to have doctoral students inducted as Holmes Scholars®. Since its inception, more than 600 students have benefited from the program, and more than 200 are now in tenure-track and leadership positions.

The Florida A&M University Holmes Scholars® model encompass a strategic foundation of professional development, scholarship, and advocacy/community service. Themes of mentorship, peer support, and building learning communities will be essential components of the model, which will continue to increase the development of FAMU College of Education doctoral students.
Scholars develop professionally through involvement in professional development activities such as:
  • Dissertation Retreat
  • Mock interview sessions
  • Supper and Learn series
  • Leadership Skills Professional Development
  • Development of research and publication skills
  • Participation in local, regional and national conferences
  • Mentoring plays a prominent role in Holmes Scholars® programs through a mentoring system that is faculty and student driven.

  • Scholarship in Action
  • FAMU Holmes Scholars® are expected to be exemplars in all scholastic activities since this facilitates preparation and readiness for the professoriate and leadership positions in higher education.
  • Provides a strong foundation for subsequent academic and/or research careers by stimulating student research and scholarly productivity
  • Scholars disseminate their research findings at peer- reviewed conferences and in scholarly publications
  • Scholars are invited to serve as junior reviewers and assistant editors for peer-review journals

Contact Info

501 Orr Drive
GEC-C Suite 124
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: (850) 599-3191
F: (850) 599-3906