GRU Students Receive $60,000 to Further STEM Education

GRU Students Receive $60,000 to Further STEM Education (Image 1)
GRU Students Receive $60,000 to Further STEM Education (Image 1)

Four students in Georgia
Regents University’s College of Education have received $60,000 in scholarship
funds to pursue teaching degrees in STEM disciplines – science, technology,
engineering, and math.

The recipients are biology
major Eriq Hearn and chemistry majors Hannah Wingrove, Alexandra Bitere, and
Ashley Zappitel.

Wingrove, a native of Evans,
said she transferred to Georgia Regents University in hopes of receiving this
scholarship so she could follow her passion for teaching.

“I’m excited to know that I
will educate a future generation of people that will go on to make a broader
impact on the world through disciplines, such as politics, medicine,
engineering, and the arts,” she said.

In exchange for the
approximately $15,000 per year, recipients must agree to teach a STEM area in a
in a high-needs middle or high school.

“These students work hard and
are committed to succeeding in the classroom,” said Steven Page, program
Advisor and Professor of Education at GRU. “I believe each one of them will be
an asset to the field of education because they are enthusiastic and strive for

The scholarships were awarded
as part of the university’s PRESTIGE program, or Program for Recruiting and
Educating STEM Teachers With Integrated Graduate Enrollment. Program curriculum
builds on the Integrated Masters of Arts in Teaching degree program and allows
students to simultaneously earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree by combining
graduate level courses in teacher education with undergraduate courses in a
major STEM discipline.

Funded through the Robert
Noyce Teacher Scholarship program, PRESTIGE is open to rising juniors majoring
in a STEM area and who have not already declared education as a major.
Applicants must have at least a 2.75 Grade Point Average, receive a
recommendation from a faculty member, submit a two-page essay, and interview
with an acceptance committee.

Hearn, a biology major and
physics minor, said the scholarship gives him the opportunity to share his
knowledge and passion for math and science.

“I’m very honored to be one
of the recipients of the scholarship because I now have an opportunity to help
prepare others for some of our most vital careers,” he said.

For more information about PRESTIGE, click here.


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