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Scholarship Program Initiated by Winthrop, Clinton and Three School Districts

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Scholarship Program Initiated by Winthrop, Clinton and Three School Districts

Three inimitable education establishments, Winthrop University, Clinton College, and three exceptional school districts have teamed up to initiate an outstanding scholarship program. This initiative, designed to strengthen the training of STEM educators and interns in the region through the year 2029, amounts to a total of $1.4 million.

WISER 3 – The Confluence of Higher Education and Local Districts

The scholarship program titled “Working to Improve STEM Educator Recruitment and Retention through Relationships“, also known as “WISER 3“, is financing this collaboration. The Division of Undergraduate Education in the National Science Foundation is providing the monetary assistance for the program. This marks the third generosity round from the NSF towards Winthrop for this specific program, augmenting the prior and current Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program grants.

Winthrop University, Clinton College, and three local school districts – Chester County, York District 1 and Rock Hill – are the key collaborators for this funding initiative. Edward Serna ‘02, the esteemed President of Winthrop, expressed his delight about this symbiotic partnership for teacher recruitment with the school districts and Clinton College.

Strengthening Teacher Retention Rates

Serna disclosed that this allocation constitutes one of the leading chances for both educational institutions to address the scarcity of STEM teachers. This will be achieved by catering quality education to budding educators and supporting them, which in turn is expected to multiply teacher retention rates. He expressed, “We are proud to work with our neighbors at Clinton College and area school districts to do our part in attracting STEM majors to teaching careers.”

Fostering Teacher Diversification

President of Clinton College, Lester McCorn expressed his enthusiasm about the partnership with Winthrop on this innovative grant. He added, “This initiative is a profound stepping stone for the city of Rock Hill, marking a collaboration between the two historic bodies to address the urgent need of qualified, diverse, and capable teachers in science, technology, and math.”

Outcomes of WISER 3

Over the course of the five-year funding term, WISER 3 is anticipated to produce at least 28 new STEM teachers. They get this through scholarships for brilliant students to secure teacher certification from Winthrop through the Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

Six scholarships have been allocated to biology major students from Clinton College, whereas the other 22 will be granted to Winthrop students, honing their skills in biology, chemistry, or mathematics. The Richard W. Riley College of Education, Sport and Human Sciences will contribute to improving engagement and augmenting the STEM education programs of Winthrop.

Plans and Projections

Students will obtain mentorship in the partnered school districts while undergoing their college preparation and when they commence teaching. Quality mentorship will contribute towards improving field placements, clinical experiences, and research insights. As the students explore teacher certification, scholarships amounting to at least $20,000 will support the STEM majors on this journey.

Springing Towards A Brighter Future

This community-aware scholarship program is not just about financing education but setting a pace for the future of education – anticipating more well-versed educators and students rooted in STEM education. The future holds high expectations for the unprecedented outcomes this academic collaboration will yield. The city and the region anticipate watching the program unfolding its impact on the academic landscape of Rock Hill and beyond. Raising the teachers of tomorrow starts today!.


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