Norfolk State University

Norfolk State University (NSU) is a public, comprehensive university located on an urban, 134-acre campus in Norfolk, Virginia. Founded in 1935, Norfolk State University adheres to the traditional purpose of the Historically Black University and espouses the tradition of service to its students, its alumni, the academy, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. NSU's Mission is to provide an affordable, high-quality education for an ethnically and culturally diverse student population, equipping them with the capability to become productive citizens who continuously contribute to a global and rapidly changing society.

In the School of Education's Department of Early Childhood/Elementary and Special Education, the NSU student is prepared to be a competent, compassionate, cooperative, and committed leader in education. The Early Childhood/Elementary and Special Education Department provides undergraduate & graduate programs for students seeking preparation to work with young children and youth in the community, agencies, day care, preK-12, and public school settings. One NSU graduate who was well prepared to serve supremely as an Elementary preK-12 teacher was Ms. Maggie F. Watts, for whom we've named our teacher education endowment at this institution.

Ms. Maggie Watts, a 1965 graduate of Norfolk State University, was a native of Norfolk, Virginia who used her college education in serving for over 30 years as a public school teacher in Washington, DC and Prince Georges County, Maryland. The endowment, officially named the Youth Education Scholarship Opportunities, Inc. - Maggie F. Watts Endowed Scholarship Fund, is governed by the Norfolk State University Foundation. Responsibility for governing the Foundation is vested in a Board of Directors, comprised of 4-5 persons, who will select qualified students pursuing undergraduate degrees in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Teacher Education, or Administration. Contact Mr. Phillip Adams, Vice President for University Advancement, at or at 757-823-8323 for additional information on the full conditions concerning this scholarship endowment.