Scholarship: Dr. Carole L. O’Brien Memorial Scholarship


Value Eligibility Supplemental
  • good academic standing;
  • students accepted or enrolled in any major or program with in the College of Education are eligible;
  • financial need may be considered but is not required;
  • no minimum enrollment requirement at time of award;
  • preference for single parents
  • Submit a personal statement (typed, two-pages, double- spaced) to include: a. Reasons for pursuing teaching b. Methods of financing your education and how you would use scholarship funds c. Future career objectives.
  • Submit a list of experiences related to working with children or youth beginning with the most recent. List dates, settings, student populations (age/grade level and diversity level), responsibilities, and supervision.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters must be on letterhead and no older than one year from date of scholarship application submission, and should be relevant to your educational endeavors (please scan letters together in one document, as the program only allows you to download one document).

About the Sponsor

Dr. Carole O’Brien was born the first child to Henry and Mildred Nelson of Omaha, Nebraska where she graduated from high school and college. In 1958, she married Dennis O’Brien. She began teaching in Missouri and in 1970 began teaching in the Rocklin School District. In 1980, she received her master’s degree from Sacramento State and in 1989, her doctorate from the University of San Francisco. In 1998 she retired from the Rocklin School District and became a full professor at National University. Beside her family, she devoted her life to education both as a student and beloved teacher. In her 21 years with the Rocklin School District and her 5 years with National University, she shared her passion for life and learning with many generations of students.

The Dr. Carole L. O’Brien Memorial Scholarship was established to celebrate her strong presence in the lives of her children and the many people whose lives she touched. The scholarship is intended to aid single parents who are seeking to further their studies in the field of education.