President Barack Obama announced on January 6, that Grand Valley State University is one of six Michigan universities chosen to participate in a fellowship program aimed at increasing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers in Michigan’s high-need secondary schools.
President Obama made the announcement as part of a White House event celebrating his Educate to Innovate Campaign.
The fellowships are funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship program.
GrandValley will be able to select up to 20 fellows, who will each receive a $30,000 stipend, admission to a specialized Grand Valley-created master’s program, and preparation in a high-need urban or rural secondary school in exchange for a three-year teaching commitment.
"The W.K, Kellogg Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation are to be congratulated for the creative and necessary program being launched in Michigan,” said Grand Valley President Thomas J. Haas. “GrandValley’s inclusion in this program acknowledges our high academic standards and commitment to teaching. Education is the key to our state's economic future, with math, science, and engineering leading the way. This announcement could not have come at a better time."
Haas will join Gov. Jennifer Granholm for an event January 7, 2010 in Lansing celebrating what the expansion of the program to attract STEM teachers means to the state. NOTE: Audio of the news confernece can be heard at this link.
For more on the president's announcement, click here.