Friday, September 23, 2011

Earn a FREE Master's Degree with the Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship

Get your Masters Degree for FREE when you agree to teach in high-need Michigan Secondary Schools...

This week, I was driving home from work when I heard on the radio an advertisement for the Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship.  Until I heard about it on the radio, I did not know a thing about this program, but it made me take notice when I heard the phrases "FREE Masters Degree", "Michigan State University" and "$30,000 Stipend".

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship is designed for college seniors, recent college graduates, and career changers who have a background in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics and would like to become teachers in high-need Michigan secondary schools, including Detroit.  The Teaching Fellowship includes:
  • a $30,000 stipend (YES, you have to use the money to pay for your degree program)
  • admission to a master's degree program at one of six Michigan partner institutions
  • preparation in a high-need urban or rural secondary school
  • support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment
  • guidance toward teaching certification and licensure

Pick from some of the best schools in Michigan, if not the country...
The Master's degree program can be completed at your pick of the best universities in the area including Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan Univsersity and Wayne State University.  After completing the master's degree program, individuals must fulfill a three year teaching commitment at a designated Michigan Public School.

The Fellowship is open to college seniors, graduates, and career changers who:
    • have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency;
    • have attained, or expect to attain by June 30, 2012, a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university;
    • have majored in and/or have a strong professional background in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math);
    • have achieved a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale (negotiable for applicants from institutions that do not employ a 4.0 GPA scale)
Participating Universities
(in alphabetical order):
Participating School Districts
(in alphabetical order):
Eastern Michigan University Battle Creek Public Schools
Grand Valley State University Benton Harbor Area Schools
Michigan State University Detroit Public Schools
University of MichiganGrand Rapids Public School District
Wayne State UniversityKalamazoo Public Schools
Western Michigan University

I would like to note that since the $30,000 is a stipend, the receipent would have to pay taxes on the money. 

If getting $30,000 to complete your Master's degree and making a real impact with students sounds like something you would like to do, then find out more by reading the Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship FAQ.


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