Veteran professor Lyndal Bullock, Regents Professor of Educational Psychology, received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support graduate students aspiring to work with adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties.
Bullock's award was part of a federal initiative to help prepare special education personnel to improve services and results for children with disabilities. More than $19.9 million was distributed to institutions nationwide this year. Bullock was one of three grant recipients in Texas. He also was the largest grant recipient in Texas.
The grant will be dispersed over four years to support approximately 15 graduate students each year. Grant funds will cover student tuition and provide monthly stipends for qualified applicants. Bullock says that the scholarship program allows students to focus on their education and gaining experience in the classroom.
"Many young people with behavioral disorders don't have advocates at the secondary level," Bullock says. "This grant will help the university produce a greater number of highly qualified special education professionals who will provide support to students as they transition from high school to college, a job or a new residential environment."
Bullock has brought in more than $12 million of federal funding during his career at UNT. Earlier this year he was recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children for his lifelong dedication to the field of special education.
Alyssa Yancey with UNT News Service can be reached at Alyssa.Yancy@unt.edu.