Joshua Fillingham received the 2018 Mary Putnam Recruitment Grant from the Beta Theta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a women educators’ group.
He graduated from Red Creek Central School District in June 2018, and will attend SUNY Oswego this fall to earn a teaching degree in social studies, grades 7-12.
“I want to help teach students well and be a helping hand like some of my teachers have been to me,” Fillingham said. “I look forward to encountering the challenge of middle school students, because a lot is happening at that age and I hope I can help them through that awkward time in school.”
Fillingham was active during his Red Creek CSD years. He served as president of National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, as well as vice president of the Class of 2018. He was a member of Envirothon, Select Choir and Science Honor Society.
Fillingham is a three-time American Citizenship Award winner, and received the Presidential Award and New York State Youth Leadership Award. He said family and friends are a big part of his life, and that he loves being outdoors.
Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
The grant awards $1,000 in four installments to a high school student who is interested in pursuing college study that leads to a career in education. It is paid directly to the recipient at a rate of $250 per year. The student must attend high school at Clyde-Savannah, Lyons, Newark, North Rose-Wolcott, Red Creek, Sodus or Williamson. The Beta Theta Selection Committee picks recipients based on an essay, high school transcripts and a letter of recommendation.
Applications for the 2019 Mary Putnam grant will be available later this fall through guidance counselors at eligible schools.