Southmoore Teacher Blevins Earns Only James Madison Fellowship Scholarship in OK

MOORE, Okla. (April 22, 2022) -- Southmoore High School Teacher Jennifer Blevins was recently named the James Madison Fellowship Scholarship winner. Only one scholarship is awarded per state and provides $24,000 in funding for a master's degree related to the study of the U.S. Constitution, American History or American Government. 

Jennifer Blevins, Southmoore High School

"It is surreal to realize I have been the one selected out of all that applied from the state. There are so many amazing teachers in the state that are just as deserving of this fellowship; I'm truly honored," said Blevins. 

Blevins teaches AP Government, American Studies and AP Psychology. She said the application-based scholarship required multiple essays on why she chose a career in secondary social studies education, on her teaching techniques that she feels are the most effective and why studying history and the principles of the Constitution are critical to sustaining American democracy.

Blevins has taught for 21 years, all with Moore Public Schools. Her first 14 years were with Highland East Junior High and the last seven have been at Southmoore. She is currently working on a master's degree in Instructional Leadership and Curriculum: Social Studies Education at the University of Oklahoma.

Blevins is the second Southmoore teacher to earn the award, as recent MPS District Teacher of the Year Alona Whitebird earned it in 2019. To learn more about the James Madison Fellowship Scholarship, visit jamesmadison.gov. Applications must be submitted by the beginning of March of each year.