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CCCCD Students Receive "Future Teacher" Scholarships



CCCCD Students Receive "Future Teacher" Scholarships

Jan. 31, 2003 - Six education students from the Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) have received future teacher scholarships from the college's teacher preparation program. The students will be able to use their scholarships to help cover tuition, books and fees for this spring semester. The six students who received future teacher scholarships are: Blanca Amezcua from Plano, Lillian Grifford from Farmersville, Brandy Niakan from Plano, Tara Stitzer from Plano, Christy Schell from Nevada, and Natalie Whitt from Wylie.

Brenda Kihl, director of the Center for teaching, learning and professional development at CCCCD, chaired the committee that chose this year's recipients.

"The committee had a hard time choosing only six recipients," said Kihl. "The college has many exceptional students pursuing careers in education."

In order to qualify for the scholarship, students had to be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours of classes and be pursuing a teaching career; they also had to have completed at least one education class at CCCCD. Students also had to submit, along with their formal application, an essay addressing their educational goals and an official college transcript showing that they had earned the minimum GPA to qualify for the scholarship.

Tara L. Stitzer of Plano found out that she had won a scholarship just in time for the spring semester. Stitzer is majoring in K-4 studies at CCCCD, but also wants to get a certificate in early childhood education. The money will come in handy, she said, because she is working two jobs in order to put herself through college. She is a taking a full load of classes this spring and used the scholarship money to pay for her tuition. Her mentor at CCCCD, Elani Boski-Wilkinson, an education instructor, encouraged her to try for the scholarship and was the one who delivered the happy news.

"I had been running to the mailbox for three weeks straight looking for this letter," said Stitzer. "[My teacher] told me that I had won, and I went and called my mom, my dad and my boyfriend. I was very thrilled. I couldn't have been happier. And it really helped me continue on my journey toward becoming a teacher."