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Tuition stipends still available for students

UW-River Falls still has funds available for tuition stipends for students enrolled this summer in a graduate-level program for an initial teacher license.

The STEMteach graduate program prepares individuals with an undergraduate major in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) to become licensed middle or high school science, computer science, or mathematics teachers after one year of intensive study.

Last year, UWRF received a National Science Foundation grant, the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship, which encourages science and math students and professionals to enter teaching careers and provide local school districts with highly qualified teachers. In return for the forgivable loan, the recipients commit to teaching for at least two years in a high-needs school district.

New cohorts of students begin each summer. Classes meet on the UWRF campus with teaching experiences scheduled in area school districts, some of which are in economically disadvantaged areas.

"This year we have funding for up to 16 students and so far, we have nine beginning in June," said Pamela Bowen, program manager in the UWRF Continuing Education office.

UWRF will continue to accept applications until classes begin or space is filled, regardless if the applicant chooses to pursue the Noyce Scholar loan. For more information including application instructions, visit go.uwrf.edu/stemteach, send an email to pamela.bowen@uwrf.edu, or call 800-228-5607.

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