The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has announced the 2011 recipients of its Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color.
Each of the twenty-five college students will receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a master's degree in education and prepare for a teaching position in a high-need public school, support throughout the three-year teaching commitment, and help in completing teacher certification. Chosen through a competitive selection process, each fellow was nominated by one of the program's twenty-five university partners.
Established in 1992 by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and transferred to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation in 2009, the Aspiring Teachers of Color program is designed to help recruit, support, and retain individuals of color as public education teachers and administrators. Since its inception, the program has awarded nearly $8 million in grants and financial assistance to 375 fellows.
"The foundation is pleased to add this impressive group of young and promising teachers to its national network of outstanding teachers and scholars," said Bill Dandridge, program officer and director of the fellowships program. "Their desire to serve children in the nation's most challenging schools and communities is an important reason to be hopeful about the future of our public schools."
For a complete list of this year's Aspiring Teachers of Color fellows, visit the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation's Web site.