FGCU Scholarships Available for Professionals Who Want to Teach STEM

Professionals who want to teach science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) may be eligible for a scholarship to assist with the cost of education.

Online PR News – 03-March-2016 – Fort Myers, FL – Professionals who want to teach science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) may be eligible for a scholarship to assist with the cost of education. The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Future Teacher Scholarship at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) will help address the critical need for more teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Southwest Florida.
The Florida Gulf Coast University Teacher Immersion Program (TIP) is a specialized four-semester, graduate-level teacher education program that provides learning theories, instructional strategies, classroom management and other theories and practices of how to best teach.
Candidates must hold a baccalaureate or master’s degree and have had a successful career, but now wish to pursue teaching. Applicants must have a strong understanding of STEM content area and have good verbal and written communication skills.
The scholarship will provide $11,400 that will cover four semesters in the Teacher Immersion Program including tuition and fees for 24 graduate level credit hours and books. Up to 21 of the credit hours may be applied toward a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Scholarship recipients must agree to teach one year for every year of scholarship received. Students will have fulfilled all requirements to become certified teachers upon being hired by a Florida school district.

Education is a key philanthropic priority of the Schulze Family Foundation, which was established by Richard M. Schulze, the founder and chairman emeritus of Best Buy Co. Inc., the world’s largest multi-channel, consumer-electronic retailer. The family is especially concerned about the current performance of U.S. elementary, middle and secondary school students in comparison to their international peers, according to Foundation President and CEO Mark Dienhart.
“High-quality teachers in STEM fields are needed to provide the rigorous educational experience that the Schulze family and the foundation board believes students deserve,” he said. “These scholarships are intended to provide FGCU with an opportunity to decrease the debt load on these professionals that want to pursue a meaningful and fulfilling career in education.”
For more information about The Future Teacher Scholarship, contact Carolynne K. Gischel, Ed.D., Coordinator, Interim Chair, Departments of Curriculum, Instruction, and Culture, and Teacher Education at (239) 590-7795 or cgischel@fgcu.edu or visit http://coe.fgcu.edu/TIP

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