EdD student Wiedoeft wins AASA scholarship

February 27, 2014
Oryla Wiedoeft, EdD student

Oryla Wiedoeft, EdD student

Rossier EdD student Oryla Wiedoeft, who is a school site administrator in LAUSD, has won the Finis E. Engleman Scholarship Award from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). AASA awarded five scholarships in 2014, each of which is named in honor of a former AASA executive director. The scholarships are designed to recognize students who have the potential to become superintendents.

Wiedoeft is a third year EdD student who has completed her dissertation on the globalization of education and looking forward to graduating in May 2014. She is currently a high school assistant principal and hopes to one day become a superintendent of schools and hopes to continue next year as a post doctoral fellow at Rossier.

USC has a tradition of winning AASA scholarships: since 1949, winners have included current and past USC professors Stuart Gothold, Michael Escalante, Robert Ferris and John Nelson. Between 1949 and 2004, there have been 29 of AASA scholarship winners from USC, many of whom have become superintendents.

For many years, Gothold has helped students through the application process for the AASA scholarship. It was through the great support of Gothold, Escalante, and Dean Karen Symms Gallagher that Wiedoeft was recommended for the scholarship and guided through the application process. Wiedoeft is truly grateful to the support she has received from the faculty and staff during her three years at the USC Rossier School of Education.