Gift to Rowan Foundation to fund College of Education scholarships

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The Rowan University Foundation has received a $200,000 gift to fund two full scholarships for aspiring teachers in the University’s College of Education.

The Rowan University Foundation has received a $200,000 gift to fund two full scholarships for aspiring teachers in the University’s College of Education.

Given by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, the gift will provide tuition, fees and books to two education majors in their junior or senior years. Junior level students who receive the scholarship can apply for a second year of funding when they are seniors, according to R.J. Tallarida, Jr., Associate Vice President for University Advancement and Acting Executive Director of the Rowan University Foundation.

“This is a significant gift to the College of Education and the scholarship promises to be very popular and highly sought after by many of our students,” said Tallarida. “The scholarship fund will allow the College of Education to reward two of its most talented—and deserving—students.”

Aspiring teachers in Rowan’s College of Education undergo rigorous training as they prepare to teach future generations of students. The generous gift will help two students tremendously as they pursue their passions to teach in elementary or secondary school classrooms, College of Education Dean Carol Sharp said. Rowan’s College of Education houses one of the largest teacher preparation programs in the State of New Jersey.

“All of our teacher candidates complete requirements for two bachelor’s degrees—one in education and another in a related major in another college,” Sharp said. “Additionally, many of them give up outside employment when they begin their student teaching so that they can devote their time and energies to their classroom training.

“This gift will give two of our most talented future teachers the financial support they need to thrive and grow in our intellectually challenging teacher education programs.”

“Scholarship support is critical as Rowan University seeks to attract and retain the best and brightest students,” said Tallarida. “This gift is important as it meets the institutional priority set forth by Rowan President Ali A. Houshmand to raise scholarship funds.”

For information on giving to the Rowan Foundation, visit www.rufoundation.org.

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