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Informational sessions on teaching fellowships set for November

by Cheryl Roland

Nov. 1, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of a middle school classroom.
Launch a new career as a math or science teacher.
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will host two West Michigan informational meetings Nov. 9 and 10 for technical professionals interested in earning a $30,000 stipend to return to school for a master's degree and a chance to launch a new career as a mathematics or science teacher.

The University is one of six Michigan schools now seeking its second class in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship Program. Part of a national education reform effort, the graduate fellowship program offers a stipend and a chance to spend a transformative year earning a master's degree and teaching in a high-need middle or high school classroom. The fellowship program is aimed at mid-career professionals and new graduates who hold bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

WMU will host two information sessions in which representatives from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation will be on hand to answer questions about the program and application process. The sessions will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Room 203 of WMU-Battle Creek's Kendall Center, 50 W. Jackson St.; and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Room 2030 of the Fetzer Center on WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo.

Now in its second year, the program this year will offer up to 15 fellowships at WMU and a similar number at each of five other Michigan universities. Jan. 10 is the deadline to apply to begin the program in late spring 2012. The application process for all fellowships is managed by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and requires submission of transcripts and letters of recommendation. Complete information about the fellowships can be found online at

Those selected as fellows will be notified in April. Last April, the inaugural class of 12 WMU fellows were selected, and they are now immersed in their studies and working in the classroom in one of three public school districts that are WMU's partners in the effort--Battle Creek, Benton Harbor and Kalamazoo.