Holmes Scholar Program

The Charlotte Holmes Scholar program is a university-based program that supports doctoral students who self-identify as racially and ethnically diverse and are pursuing graduate degrees in education and focuses on students interested in employment in faculty positions at institutions of higher education. We value mentorship, peer support and professional development. The Holmes Scholar program is sponsored by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and was founded in 1991.


Students in classroom

Guiding Principles

  • Mission: To cultivate a community that supports the development of equity-minded historically underrepresented racialized scholars, who are equipped to be successful in the professoriate, through professional learning/development and communities of practice.
  • Vision: Fostering lifelong leaders who advocate for equity and social justice, disrupt the status quo of oppression, and use education as a tool for liberation.

Benefits for Students

  • Students are paired up with a mentor to help them as they start and progress on their doctoral journey
  • Students belong to a community of Holmes Scholars, both locally at Charlotte and at the national level
  • Students receive extra professional development opportunities that support their journey to obtaining a doctoral degree and a job at a higher education institution
  • Students get funding to attend national conferences, dissertation retreats and advocacy and policy institute in Washington D.C.
  • Students have access to additional opportunities to present their research

Holmes Scholars Coordinators

Daniel M. Alston, Ph.D.
Reading and Elementary Education
Associate Professor
Cato College of Education
 Clare Merlin-Knoblich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Cato College of Education