Amber Love wins the Clara Alexander Jackson Scholarship Award

Alcorn State University senior Amber Love was awarded for her dedication to serving today’s youth.

Love, an elementary education major who’s currently completing a student teaching internship, was one of two recipients who were recognized by the Forward Lookers Federated Club Saturday, Feb. 4 in Jackson State University Ballroom. Amber was awarded the $1,5000 Clara Alexander Jackson Scholarship Award.

The Forward Lookers Federated Club is an affiliate of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs and Youth Affiliates, Inc. The award, which is given out every year to two students from two of the five historically black colleges and universities in Mississippi, is named after Jackson, who is a pioneer in education and an advocate of elementary teachers who shaped the lives of children.

Love grew up in the small Mississippi Delta town of Arcola. It was as far back as middle school that Amber decided on a teaching career. During high school, she determined that elementary education would be her focus so that she could make an impact in children’s lives during their formative years.

“I chose elementary education because I want to be a positive role model for children,” said Amber. “Some children aren’t fortunate enough to have positive role models, so I want to be that person for them.”

Amber desires to be a teacher who demonstrates a love for her subject matter and passion for teaching. She understands the crucial role of school in a child’s life. Her belief is that good teachers push students well beyond their comfort zone and strives to make them challenge their ability so they can earn a new confidence.

At Alcorn, Amber has been named a Dean’s and President’s Scholar. She is a member of the Gospel Choir, Honor Students Organization, and the Student National Education Association. She shares her leadership skills by serving in the positions of secretary of the National Society of Leadership and Success and treasurer of Alcorn’s Mississippi Professional Educators.

She also penned her first book, a fourth-grade level book called “Reading Road Trip” that tells the story of a young boy getting help from his peers in improving his reading skills by reading signs as he travels.

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