Thursday, September 11, 2014

Janesville Multicultural Teacher Opportunities Scholarship

The School District of Janesville is excited to have three individuals who received the Janesville Multicultural Teacher Opportunities Scholarship return back to the district to teach.

Senator Tim Cullen started the scholarship program in 2008 for the purpose of providing a multicultural pool of teacher candidates for the district. The program was designed to address the gap between the number of non-white students and the number of non-white teachers in the district.  The program also offers an incentive for Janesville students and/or community members of color to return to the community as professional teachers and role models for all students.

Selected students receive a multi-year renewable scholarship of up to $5,000 per year for tuition, books, and fees. In return, the student must pursue a degree in education, obtain Wisconsin State Teacher Certification, and apply for a position with the district. If hired by the district, the student is obligated to work for the district a minimum of three years.

Three students have returned to the district to teach---- Mr. Daniel Jackson (Edison Middle School), Jared Fox (Parker High School, his alma mater), and Nicole Washington (Harrison Elementary School).  Four more scholarship winners are currently still in school.

Students must be a graduate of Janesville Craig or Parker High School, or a Janesville resident. Students must also be of African-American, Latino, Asian or Native American descent. To remain in the program, students must be full time and hold a minimum 2.75 grade point average.

This scholarship is funded by donations and managed by the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin. There will be a fundraising Gala on Saturday, November 1, 2014, from 5:30-10:30p.m. The cost is $50 at the door or $45 in advance. You can obtain your ticket from the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, 26 S. Jackson St, Janesville, WI, or call them at (608) 758-0883 for more information.

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