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Lenoir-Rhyne Teaching Scholars Program provides scholarships for future teachers

Lenoir-Rhyne Teaching Scholars Program provides scholarships for future teachers
Lenoir-Rhyne Teaching Scholars Program provides scholarships for future teachers

In an effort to recruit and educate high-quality teachers, Lenoir-Rhyne University is accepting applications for its Teaching Scholars Program starting Oct. 1 through Jan. 11, 2019.

LR's Teaching Scholars Program provides scholarships of up to $5,500 per year for four years to incoming freshmen. These funds are offered in addition to the federal, state, and LR financial assistance for which the student is qualified, but cannot be combined to exceed the cost of tuition or combined with other top merit awards. The average LR student eligible for this program receives approximately $16,000 per year in scholarships and grants from the institution.

As early as their first year of college, scholars accepted into the program will be placed in Hickory-area school districts to serve as tutors, small group leaders, and instructional assistants.

"The opportunity to be in the classroom with seasoned educators as early as their first year of college will help our LR scholars gain practical experience," said Hank Weddington, Ed.D., dean of the College of Education and Human Services. "This also provides them with the opportunity to connect with school district leaders to broaden their comprehension of education and the challenges faced by the administration."

Program benefits for each scholar include:

  • Participation in enrichment seminars and experiences each semester
  • Involvement in service projects in urban, rural, and inner-city communities
  • Opportunity to study abroad
  • Personalized advising and mentorship provided by the program director
  • May be eligible to participate in the LR Honors Academy
  • Opportunity to engage in summer experiences working with public school students and serving the local and regional communities

Upon successful completion of the program, scholars will be licensed to teach anywhere in North Carolina and, in most cases, the license can be easily reciprocated to other states in the U.S. Through the program, scholars receive job placement assistance, including the provision of résumé materials to state human resource directors. Those wishing to advance their degree will also have the opportunity to bridge into graduate programs offered within LR's School of Education at a significantly discounted tuition rate.

LR's Teachers Scholars Program is invitation-only and based on need and merit. To be eligible, scholars must have [insert specific details here], have a desire to attend LR and become a teacher; maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher while in high school; have a significant need for financial aid to attend college; and meet LR admission requirements.

To learn more about the LR Teaching Scholars Program or to apply, visit lr.edu/teachingscholars or contact Monica Campbell, Ph.D., professor of education and director of Teaching Scholars Program, at monica.campbell@lr.edu or 828.328.7907. Although the deadline for priority consideration is Jan. 11, applications will be accepted until available spaces are filled.