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Sebek ’20 named recipient of Dolly Brt Denney scholarship

Sebek ’20 named recipient of Dolly Brt Denney scholarship

Tayma Sebek ’20

Doane University is proud to announce senior Tayma Sebek ’20 is this year’s recipient of the Dolly Brt Denney scholarship.


Sebek, a senior Elementary Education major with an Early Childhood Endorsement, is student teaching preschoolers in Wilber this year. Sebek is a member of the Hansen Leadership Program, Chi Delta sorority, Doane’s chapter of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), was involved with Doane Theatre, and served as a writing consultant for two years.


The Dolly Brt Denney scholarship is awarded by Doane’s College of Education department to an outstanding senior at Doane University majoring in Elementary Education. The scholarship was established in 2000 by the children of Dolly Brt Denney ’48 and James Denney ’50 in honor of their parents' love for Doane.


Dolly was an elementary school teacher and had a gift working with children of all ages, but particularly those who found it difficult to make a connection in the traditional classroom setting.


“I feel extremely thankful and humbled to be selected for this scholarship,” Sebek said. “After learning more about Dolly, it’s clear that developing relationships and making connections were a huge part of who she was and that is part of my educational philosophy as well. Connecting with my students is one of the biggest factors that led me to want to be a public school teacher. I feel blessed to continue the legacy of Dolly and the Doane tradition of high-quality educators.”


Dr. Marilyn Johnson-Farr, Dwight Porter Professor of Education at Doane, nominated Sebek for the scholarship.


“I have had Tayma in class and she is committed and passionate about her coursework,” Johnson-Farr said. “I think her future is full of possibilities. Her academic skills, along with her capacity to lead and chart new territories, will benefit her students along with the staff she works with.”


“Doane has been an incredible experience,” Sebek said. “If you want to be a teacher, this is the place to be.”