Dr. Gittens was a Barbados native, who was active locally and regionally in his efforts to promote diversity and multicultural education. He is remembered as a scholar, a professional, a colleague and a friend. "Words can not explain how proud Dr. Gittens was of my accomplishments. He was a very inspirational advisor who supported me throughout the graduate program. He was the most outstanding professor I ever met in my entire education career. " -Fadila Adam '04 '10
fund the Winston Gittens Diversity in Education Scholarship. Once this scholarship reaches the endowed amount of $15,000, a scholarship will be awarded annually to an incoming SMSU student pursing a degree in education. Preference will be given to English Learners and students of diverse or multicultural backgrounds. The SMSU School of Education strives to increase diversity in teacher candidates and respect for all, just as Dr. Gittens modeled in his life.
Scholarships for SMSU students are critical. Especially for students of diverse and multicultural backgrounds. Often, a scholarship is the difference between a student attending SMSU or choosing another college. Students who receive a SMSU Foundation scholarship graduate at a 17% higher rate and have a 13% higher retention rate than those who do not receive a scholarship.