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Seniors of color invited for teaching fellowships

By Brett Fails
University News Service
September 10, 2009

Woodrow Wilson Foundatoin

The Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color is seeking highly qualified students at Texas State University-San Marcos who demonstrate a clear passion for working with children and a commitment to teach in an urban or rural school for three years.

The WW-RBF will select those candidates who possess qualities that would indicate their potential to become exceptional public school teachers. Among these are strong writing and communication skills, critical thinking, high academic performance and commitment to public education and public service through work or volunteer experience.

The fellowship includes a $30,000 stipend to apply towards a master's degree.

Applicants must be in their senior year of course work and have an overall Texas State GPA of 3.0 or better. The following documents are required for application:

  • Compose a word-processed essay explaining why you desire to teach in an urban or rural high-need school. (500 word limit)

  • Compose an additional essay imagining a situation in which you are required to explain a complex concept in your specialty field to a group of students. Describe the approach and explanation you would use and explain why you feel it would be effective. (500 word limit)

  • A Texas State transcript indicating present status and anticipated date of graduation

  • A personal resume (vitae)

  • 2 letters of recommendation from faculty who can speak in detail about your academic ability, personal qualities, and potential as a teacher to serve the nation’s children.

Only applicants who submit all required documentation by the deadline of Oct. 9, 2009 will be considered for the nomination. Documents must be submitted to Gloria Chavez in the Education Bldg. 3049 suite A or to Rubén Garza, Ed. Bldg. 3020.

For application details and more information about this rewarding opportunity contact Ruben Garza at (512) 797-2123 or via email at RubenGarza@txstate.edu.