Recipient, The Dr. H. Craig Sipe Scholarship
After graduating from Olabisi Onabanjo University in her native Nigeria, Khadijah Onanuga-Islam moved to the U.S. and “gravitated” toward a career in teaching. After a few years in the classroom, she decided to enroll for graduate studies at UAlbany’s School of Education and was “pleasantly surprised” to be offered The Dr. H. Craig Sipe Scholarship. “I am very passionate about the sciences,” said Onanuga-Islam, who wants to teach high school chemistry.
In the 16 years Dr. H. Craig Sipe spent at the University at Albany, he made a great impression on his students. Hired in 1967 to head the Department of Instruction after teaching at several other colleges and universities, he exemplified
the dedicated faculty member and caring mentor.
“He was so brilliant, and his students spoke so highly of him,” recalled his wife, Elizabeth. “He took an interest in all of them.” Sipe retired in 1983 and passed away in 2005, but through the scholarship Elizabeth established in his memory, he continues to inspire future teachers. The Dr. H. Craig Sipe Scholarship, awarded through the School of Education to math and science majors, is a fitting tribute. “He so loved education, I knew that [starting a scholarship fund] would be the best thing I could do,” noted Elizabeth Sipe. To date, six students have received the Sipe Scholarship.