Grants Awarded to Prospective Teachers
HARTFORD, Nov. 30 - Helping to address the state’s teacher shortage, the Connecticut Department of Higher Education has awarded 50 grants to minority college students planning to teach in Connecticut public schools.
The $5,000 Minority Teacher Incentive Grants are going to junior and senior minority college students who are enrolled full-time in teacher training programs at Connecticut colleges. Once they begin teaching in a Connecticut elementary or secondary school, the grant recipients are eligible to receive up to $2,500 a year, for up to four years, to help pay off college loans.
To date, 97 minority students have received grants under this program, now in its third year. Thirty-five are renewal students and 31 are already teaching in Connecticut public schools. The program was created by the General Assembly to broaden the diversity of Connecticut’s teacher workforce. At present, barely seven percent of Connecticut’s teachers are from minority groups, while more than 25 percent of school students are from minority families.
"This program is one of several innovative steps the State of Connecticut is taking to recruit talented students from diverse backgrounds into teaching," stated Higher Education Commissioner Valerie Lewis in announcing this year’s recipients. "We congratulate these students on their awards and for choosing to pursue this rewarding profession."
This year’s grant recipients have an average GPA of 3.08. Eighteen graduated from a Connecticut community college. In terms of racial background, 24 are Hispanic, 20 are African-American and six are Asian-American. Of those who have indicated their majors, 21 plan to teach elementary school, seven plan to teach high school, six are pursuing special education and four are interested in early children education. Intended subject areas include mathematics, science, Spanish and history.
The Connecticut colleges and universities participating in the program are: Central Connecticut State University, Connecticut College, Eastern Connecticut State University, Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University, St. Joseph College, Southern Connecticut State University, University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, Western Connecticut State University, and Yale University in addition to the Alternate Route to Certification operated by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education.
A list of the 2000 Minority Teacher Incentive Grant recipients who have agreed to have their names published is attached.
2000 Minority Teacher Incentive Grant Recipients
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Contact: Connie Fraser