The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has announced new fellowship cohorts for programs in three states that recruit recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in STEM fields to teach in high-need secondary schools.
Each of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellows will receive a $30,000 stipend to complete an intensive master's program at a university in their respective states to prepare them for a math or science teaching position. In return, fellows must commit to teaching for three years in an urban or rural school that needs strong STEM teachers. Additional support for the programs is provided by consortia of funders in each state, led by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in New Jersey, which supported fifty fellows in this round; the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Michigan, which supported forty-three fellows; and the Lilly Endowment in Indiana, which supported forty-five fellows.
In addition to this year's Woodrow Wilson Indiana Fellows, fifteen veteran educators were named to the inaugural class of the WW MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership, a thirteen-month program based at the University of Indianapolis that offers education professionals a dual MBA program in business and education. The fellows, each of whom will receive a $50,000 stipend, agree, upon completion of the program, to serve in a leadership role in an Indiana school, charter organization, or district for at least three years.
Georgia and Ohio also participate in the WW Teaching Fellowships program, which named its first fellows in 2009 in Indiana.
"We take tremendous pride in these fellows," said Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation president Arthur Levine. "They are accomplished people, they are passionate about the STEM fields, and they are deeply committed to young people. They will change countless lives, and the campuses and districts they are working with are changing the way teachers are prepared."