The family of Dr. Brenda Stanfill Cranmer established this scholarship to honor the long-time educator and supporter of deaf education.
An Altus native, Cranmer graduated from OCW with a bachelor of arts degree in speech and hearing therapy. She received a master's degree in special education in 1965 and a master's degree in educational administration in 1969 from California State University. In 1977, Cranmer received her doctoral degree from the University of Southern California.
While attending OCW, Cranmer served as the student government vice president, Chi Delta Phi president and chair of OCW’s drive for World University Service. She was named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, OCW’s Top Ten Scholastic Students, Regents Honor Roll and to the Hypatia honor society. She also received the OCW Press Club award as the outstanding senior in her class.
Shortly after graduating, Cranmer was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The scholarship is open to all USAO students and is based on need.
Cranmer began her career as a special education teacher in Glendale, California. She then went on to serve as an aural education supervisor, in which she developed services for Spanish-speaking parents of deaf children in the school district, and also served as principal.
After working in Glendale, Cranmer moved to Los Angeles where she served in the special education area of the Los Angeles County School District. In 1978, she was promoted to special education division area administrator with the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
Cranmer was an active supporter of the education of the deaf. Her professional associations included the Los Angeles County Administrators of Special Education, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Educator, Education Association of Special Education Principals, California Speech and Hearing Association, Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf and Phi Delta Kappa.
Cranmer was named to the USAO Hall of Fame in 1995. Back to Scholarship Page