FMU to host S.C. Teaching Fellows Program
Francis Marion University today announced it has been selected as a host institution for the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program (SCTFP) administered by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention & Advancement (CERRA).
Set to receive its first cohort of students in the fall of 2014, FMU is one of only 11 universities in the state to house the program and the only university selected from three that applied to CERRA.
“FMU is proud to be the first host university added to the S.C. Teaching Fellows Program since the inception of the program,” said FMU President Fred Carter. “We are especially proud of our School of Education faculty and staff who have worked tirelessly to acquire this program.”
The mission of SCTFP is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and help them develop leadership qualities. Each year, the program provides fellowships approximately 175 high school seniors who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to their school and community, and a desire to teach in South Carolina.
“Training highly qualified teachers has been an integral part of Francis Marion University’s mission since its inception,” said Dr. Shirley Bausmith, dean of the School of Education. “That is what makes this both a great honor and an incredible opportunity as we strive to enhance our efforts.”
Teaching Fellows participate in advanced enrichment programs at Teaching Fellows Institutions, have additional professional development opportunities, and are involved with communities and businesses throughout the state. They receive up to $24,000, in yearly scholarships (up to $6,000 a year for four years) while they complete a degree leading to teacher certification. The scholarship provides up to $5,700 for tuition and board and $300 for specific enrichment programs administered by CERRA (contingent on funding from the S.C. General Assembly). A fellow agrees to teach in South Carolina one year for every year he or she receives the fellowship.
The process for high school seniors who would like to apply for the 2014 cohort will begin in September 2013.