Rockefeller Brothers Fund Transfers Fellowship Program to Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

The New York City-based Rockefeller Brothers Fund has announced that it is transferring its fellowship program for aspiring teachers of color to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF) in Princeton, New Jersey, effective January 2009.

RBF has committed $5 million to help transfer the program it has funded and managed since 1992. The commitment includes funding the classes of 2009, 2010, and 2011, other program and administrative expenses, and current fellowship obligations.�Until December 31, 2013, the program will be known as the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color.

For six decades, WWNFF has worked to identify and develop talented individuals to address the nation's greatest educational needs. It has awarded fellowships to more than twenty thousand scholars, including thirty-five MacArthur Fellows, thirteen Nobel Laureates, two Fields Medalists in mathematics, fourteen Pulitzer Prize-winners, two U.S. Poets Laureate, and twenty-one recipients of presidential and national medals.�

"The two programs share important principles and complement each other well," said WWNFF president Arthur Levine. "We are confident that bringing the two together will enhance both programs' impact on teacher quality, diversity, and effectiveness."