Schab scholarship winner Victoria Bunting sets great example
Victoria Bunting, who received the first Maureen Schab Fund for Education Award in 2009, has set a tremendous example with her outstanding educational performance in the years since.
A Milton resident and Cape Henlopen High School graduate, Bunting earned her bachelor’s degree in childhood development from Virginia Tech in just three years with a 3.96 cumulative grade point average. She was subsequently accepted at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and is now pursuing her master’s degree in speech therapy in education.
While at Virginia Tech, Bunting received the Dean’s Roundtable Award, and as a senior, she was honored with a top award from Virginia Tech Student Affairs for integrity and commitment to learning.
“We are delighted to continue to support Victoria in her education, based on such outstanding performance,” said Bill Schab, who oversees the endowment created in memory of his late wife, Maureen. A long-time and beloved Sussex County teacher, Maureen Schab passed away in 2007.
With additional support from the Maureen Schab scholarship, Bunting was able to undertake a teaching assignment in Malawi, Africa, last summer where she worked with 104 children in a single classroom at the Domasi Primary School. This led Bunting to create a scholarship of her own, allowing 12 of her Malawian students to continue through secondary school.
The Schab scholarship is now providing assistance for her graduate degree expenses.
“The Maureen Schab scholarship has meant so much to me over the past five years,” Bunting said. “Both the financial support and knowing that people from Sussex County are pulling for me have been great incentives.”
During the summer of her junior year, Bunting worked with special needs children at the Sussex Consortium school in Lewes, which led her to pursue her master’s degree.
“I saw firsthand the amazing impact that improved hearing and speech therapy can make, and the critical importance of early intervention,” Bunting said. “Young children don’t need to get behind in the first place. With technology today, hearing issues can be detected within a few days of birth, and therapy can begin in the first year rather than waiting to receive special education in preschool.”
A runner and biker, Bunting is enjoying the early fall weather in North Carolina where she will start her clinical placements next year, working with children in preschool, then elementary school settings.
Her advanced placement work will allow Bunting to earn her master’s in two years rather than three.
Since its inception in 2009, five Schab scholarships have been granted with awards now totaling $13,400. The current scholarship provides up to $1,500 per year for four years of undergraduate work to students from Cape who are pursuing work in the field of education, and beyond if their achievements, as with Bunting, prove to be exceptional.
Scholarship recipients are recommended by high school officials, and the scholarship is awarded each June. Students must then submit proof of continued enrollment and a GPA of at least 3.0 in order to qualify for the continued annual stipend. The scholarships are administered by the Greater Lewes Foundation.
Over the years, dozens of friends and colleagues have provided donations to create the Schab fund to encourage local students to become outstanding teachers. Those interested in making a tax-deductible gift to the Maureen Schab Fund for Education may send gifts c/o of the GLF, PO Box 110, Lewes DE 19958.