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GRU Students Receive $60,000 to Further STEM Education

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Scholarship winners Alexandra Bitere, Eriq Hearn, Ashley Zappitel and Hannah Wingrove Scholarship winners Alexandra Bitere, Eriq Hearn, Ashley Zappitel and Hannah Wingrove
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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 excellence.”

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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