Woodward, Okla. —
The Woodward Education Association (WEA) is offering a chance for a $500 scholarship to Woodward High School alumni pursuing a career in education and who will be student teaching this semester.
WEA member Cheryl Lucas said, "This will be the organization's 25th year to present a scholarship. The sum has come up since then, I think it started around $100, but since then we've been able to raise it to $500, and we think that can really help out."
The scholarship winner may choose to put the money toward their tuition, other college fees "or they could put it towards getting their classroom ready once they're out of college," Lucas said.
She said the scholarship is a way for the Woodward Education Association to help future generations of educators.
"We wanted to encourage students who are pursuing an education degree. We're glad they chose teaching as a profession and we want them to know it," Lucas said.
Eligible students interested in applying for the scholarship are required to submit a 500 word or less essay in which they explain "Why I Have Chosen Teaching as a Profession." Applicants must also submit 2 recommendations from college professors in their academic areas of emphasis, as well as a character reference from a non-family member, and an official transcript proving they have a grade point average of at least 2.75.
Applications are available from Cheryl Lucas at Horace Mann Elementary at 1610 2nd Street. Completed applications can also be returned to Lucas at the same address and are due back by Feb. 8.
Lucas said the student teaching scholarship is just one of a variety of programs sponsored by the WEA to benefit the community. Other programs include "Books for Babies," in which WEA members deliver books to new parents to read to their children, and their "BooHoo Buddies" program, in which they bring stuffed animals to children in the hospital.