Hickory – Applications are currently being accepted for Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Teaching Scholars program, which offers unique opportunities for students aspiring to become educators. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 10, 2017.

“At Lenoir-Rhyne University, we recognize that great educators shape the future,” said Dr. Monica Campbell, Program Director and Assistant Professor of Education. “The Teaching Scholars program provides enriching opportunities beyond traditional classroom experiences. It is our goal that these incentives continue to encourage more high school seniors to consider this rewarding profession.”

lru-logoThe Teaching Scholars program provides extensive opportunities for students outside of the classroom, helping them gain work experience with seasoned professionals. Scholars are placed in Hickory-area school districts throughout their programs of study where they serve as tutors, small group leaders, and instructional assistants. They also have the opportunity to connect with school district leaders to broaden their comprehension of education administration and challenges faced by the system.

In addition, students attend professional development and enrichment seminars as well as participate in service projects in urban, rural, and inner-city communities to develop a better understanding of the individual educational needs of children. All scholars are encouraged to study abroad during their program of study and are eligible to participate in the LRU Honors Academy.

Financial benefits are available through LRU’s Teaching Scholars program. Scholarships of up to $5,500 per year, for the four years of study, are available to eligible incoming freshmen. These funds are offered in addition to federal, state and University financial aid assistance (but cannot be combined to exceed the cost of tuition or combined with other top merit awards). The average LRU student eligible for this program receives approximately $18,000 per year in scholarships and grants from the institution, and there are no pay back requirements.

“We are dedicated to helping motivated students realize their career goals, and that includes helping them to find the financial assistance they may need,” said Dr. Hank Weddington, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services. “The Teaching Scholars program is designed for students who have demonstrated strong leadership skills, maintained an exemplary academic record throughout high school, and express a sincere desire to serve others through a career in teaching.”

Upon successful completion of the program, scholars will be licensed to teach anywhere in North Carolina and, in most cases, the license can be easily reciprocated to other states in the U.S. Through the program, students can receive job placement assistance, including the provision of resume materials to state human resource directors. Those wishing to advance their degree will also have the opportunity to bridge into graduate programs offered within LRU’s School of Education at a significantly discounted tuition rate.

To learn more about the LRU Teaching Scholars program or to apply, visit lr.edu/teachingscholars or contact Michael Lemke, Coordinator of Professional Experiences and Recruitment at michael.lemke@lr.edu or 828.328.7189. Though the deadline for priority consideration is January 10, applications will be accepted until available spaces are filled.