Haggai Foundation Funds GSE Student Scholarships

Posted: February 6, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

Three master’s students in the Graduate School of Education (GSE) received a financial boost from the Haggai Foundation this year, an event that promises to become an annual tradition as part of a new agreement between the school and the foundation.

The Haggai Foundation approached GSE Dean Jeff Gorrell last year because of the school’s reputation for producing quality teachers, and, after months of discussion, approved an annual scholarship for students preparing to become elementary school teachers in GSE. This year students Lauran Power, Molly Walls, and Catherine Murphy each received $5,000 from the Haggai Foundation Scholarship Fund.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide “assistance so young people will be prepared to help youth of our country,” says Mark Goor, associate dean for academic and student affairs at GSE. The scholarship was established to alleviate a national shortage of classroom teachers, particularly in grades K-6. Students are selected based on a clear commitment to teaching, high grade point average, and potential to be a model of strong character. Goor says most Haggai Foundation scholarship winners are “career switchers–students who have had successful careers prior to enrolling in an elementary education teacher preparation program.”

For more information or to apply for the scholarship, contact Goor at x32080.

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