University News
For Immediate Release: 
Jun 07 2000

Concord College Offers New Scholarships for Students in Teacher Education

Athens, W.Va. - Concord College announces the creation of 20 new scholarships to be awarded to selected students enrolling in Concord’s Teacher Education programs. Applicants from Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, McDowell, Wyoming, Monroe, Summers and Raleigh Counties may qualify. Any incoming freshman from these counties with a minimum 3.0 GPA, scoring a 24 or better on the American College Test (ACT), and desiring to go into teaching will be eligible to compete for these awards. Preference will be given to students desiring to teach mathematics and/or the sciences and who have received special recognition in these fields.

“The purpose of the awards is to begin to address the severe teacher shortages we are seeing in these counties,” said Michael Curry, vice president for admissions and financial aid. “We have monitored the needs of these counties and the county superintendents have indicated to us that we need to do something significant to better serve these under-served areas.”

Concord announced these new awards with the full endorsement of the Board of Region Educational Service Agency (RESA) 1. Ms. Carol Morgan of RESA 1 said, “With the projected retirement of the present teaching staff within the next five years and the decline of college graduates with teaching endorsements in the areas of math and science, the availability of these scholarships are welcomed in southern West Virginia.”

She adds, “It has become increasingly difficult to recruit teachers in these areas. These Concord scholarship opportunities will provide high quality instruction for our students and workforce of the future.”

“Providing special scholarships for deserving students hoping to teach - especially mathematics or the sciences - is very important to our area and our students,” said Dr. Jerry Beasley, president of the College. “We want to help our area’s high schools in their efforts to prepare students for college and life. This new scholarship program is a good step in the right direction.”

Dr. Ken Roberts, superintendent of McDowell County Schools and RESA 1 Board Member, also welcomed the scholarships. “Concord College is to be congratulated for their willingness to respond to this need. They will make a great and positive difference to our programs and our students.”

The awards will be up to $1000 per year and renewable for four years if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and is in good standing within the teacher education program. Students interested in these scholarships should apply for admission, fill out a scholarship application, and indicate their plans to go into teaching. All awards will be made by the office of admissions.

For more information, call 1-888-384-5249 or 1-304-384-5248, or e-mail at admissions@concord.edu.

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Concord College Notes: Fall enrollment for 1999 was close to 2,800 with 75% of the student population receiving some sort of financial aid (scholarships and need-based federal financial aid); $9.7 million was awarded in the 98/99 school year and $12.2 million in 99/00, an increase of 26%.

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