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Foundation visit to WMU focuses on teaching fellowships

Nov. 15, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Officials from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation will be at Western Michigan University Tuesday, Nov. 16, to provide information on a new teaching fellowship program that offers a $30,000 award to recent college graduates and career changers to help them become science and math teachers.

Photo of Woodrow Wilson Fellow teaching.The session on the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship Program is set for 7 p.m. in Room 1040 of WMU's Fetzer Center. Foundation officials will provide information on the program that will offer 20 fellowships in each of the next two years for students who participate in the program at WMU and at each of the other five Michigan universities involved.

The fellowships, which include a $30,000 stipend, lead to a master's degree and teacher certification. They are aimed at those with bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics--known as STEM programs--with a particular focus on those who want a career change that will put them in middle or high school classrooms. A similar program already exists in Indiana. In Michigan, it will be funded by a $16.7 million grant from the Kellogg Foundation.

Dec. 1 and Jan. 12 are the two final deadlines for 2011applications submitted to the program at all six participating universities. At WMU, the program focus is on preparing science and math teachers for urban school districts by pairing the fellowship recipients with master teachers in two school districts--Kalamazoo Public Schools and Benton Harbor Area Schools.

In addition to WMU, other Michigan universities involved in the Michigan version of the fellowship program are Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Wayne State University.

WMU's program is under the direction of Dr. Marcia Fetters, associate professor of teaching, learning and educational studies, and Dr. Tabitha Mingus, associate professor of mathematics.

For more information about the WMU fellowships and how to apply, visit wmich.edu/education/fellowships.

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

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