An anonymous donor has given the Rowan University Foundation a $200,000 gift to fund two annual full scholarships for aspiring teachers in the university’s College of Education.
A statement from the college says the scholarship will cover the tuition, fees and books for two eligible education majors in their junior or senior years. Undergraduate tuition and fees at Rowan for 2012-13 cost $12,380. Book costs vary depending on the courses taken but can total several hundred dollars.
Juniors 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.”
Carol Sharp, dean of the College of Education, said teacher candidates earn two bachelor’s degrees, one in education and another in a related subject major. She said many give up outside employment when they begin their student teaching, so the scholarship will be especially helpful.
Tallarida said raising additional scholarship funds is a priority for Rowan president Ali A. Houshmand.
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