The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has announced the names of the final nine fellows selected for the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color.
With the goal of preparing them to teach in high-need public schools, each fellow will receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a master's degree in education. The program aims to help new teachers gain certification and provides continued support during a three-year teaching commitment. Launched in 1992 and administered by the Wilson Foundation since 2009, the fellowship has awarded nearly $8 million in grants and financial assistance to more than four hundred fellows.
Although white students no longer comprise the majority of public school students in the United States, recent studies have found that only 18 percent of the nation's teachers are individuals of color and that teachers of color leave the profession at higher rates than their white counterparts.
"The Woodrow Wilson Foundation has taken tremendous pride in the WW-RBF Fellowship, which has been an important part of the suite of Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships," said Stephanie J. Hull, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the foundation. "We are grateful to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for having made this program possible, and we are deeply impressed with these new teacher candidates. For the students in high-need schools who most need them, they will be outstanding teachers."