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Scholarships available to Berrien County teachers

June 7, 2006

BENTON HARBOR, Mich.--Elementary science teachers in Berrien County have an opportunity to receive scholarship funding that will cover up to 50 percent of the cost of taking one of two graduate-level summer courses offered by Western Michigan University-Southwest.

The courses are offered by WMU-Southwest in collaboration with the University's Mallinson Institute for Science Education. Funding for the scholarships is provided by the Upton Elementary Science Education Academy, which has agreed to provide half of the tuition cost for up to 18 teachers who take one of two courses: Michigan Ecology for Your Schoolyard or Geology and Meteorology of Southwest Michigan. All currently assigned classroom teachers who teach elementary science in Berrien County are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Since 2002, nearly 35 elementary science educators have received funding from the Upton Elementary Science Education Academy. The academy, which is partially funded by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation, provides professional development in science for elementary school teachers in Berrien County as part of the foundation's mission to improve the quality of life for residents in southwest Michigan. Details about the foundation's partnership with WMU can be found online at sw.wmich.edu/partnerships/upton.

Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested must submit a scholarship application, along with the appropriate admissions application requirements, to Kay Miller at the WMU-Southwest campus by 5 p.m. Friday, June 16. To request an application, contact WMU-Southwest at (269) 934-1500. For more information, contact Leonard Seawood, director of WMU-Southwest at leonard.seawood@wmich.edu.

Summer science workshops and courses are offered at several WMU branch campus locations. Details on all of the summer science course offerings can be viewed online at eup.wmich.edu/enrollment/science.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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