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Math Education Scholarship Award Application for Continuing MESA Scholars: 2014-2015

Deadline: June 01, 2015 at 11:59 PM PDT

Description

MESA is a scholarship program designed to help bring capable, undergraduate students to EOU to pursue Bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and to be prepared for entry into the Masters of Teaching/Teacher Licensure Program in the College of Education. The MESA Program is designed specifically for Undergraduate students that are interested in becoming a Secondary School Mathematics Teacher. Eastern Oregon secondary schools need well trained teachers to offer the higher level math curriculum now required of all schools by the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. EOU has the capacity to produce more teachers from its programs and the MESA scholarship program will help bring students into EOU mathematics and teacher education programs. Scholarship awards will range from $2,000 to $4,000 per year and may be renewed annually until graduation. Three MESA scholarships will be awarded each year.

Requirements

To be eligible for the MESA scholarship, students must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or above from their high school (for Freshman applicants) or previous college. The following criteria will be used to rank eligible applicants:
1. Essay describing why student is pursuing a secondary school teaching career.
2. Math teacher recommendation(s)
3. Math coursework at prior school (high school and/or previous college)
4. Membership in underrepresented population in mathematics teaching (gender, social economic status, ethnicity, rural background).

The first review of MESA Scholarship applications will be on February 1, 2014. All applications submitted after this date will be considered as the committee is able to review and award them. Scholarships will be awarded until funds are fully allocated to eligible recipients.

Decisions on MESA scholarship awards and/or retention, will be made by the MESA Review Committee. This committee will be comprised of three faculty members: one from mathematics education (College of Education) and two from mathematics (College of Arts and Sciences). Appointments to this committee will be made by the respective Deans of these colleges.