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1 + 1 + 1 = 3 Clarke Students Awarded National STEM Scholarships

posted on October 11, 2010

It’s a simple equation: 1 + 1 + 1 = 3. That’s the number of Clarke University students among 35 nationally to receive $5,000 scholarships from the AFCEA Educational Foundation. Clarke stood out as being the only institution to have three student recipients.

Recipients of the scholarships are Shannon Ford, of Woodridge, Ill.; Kari Klein, of Epworth, Iowa; and Amanda Stone, of Barrington, Ill.  The competitive scholarships were awarded to education majors working toward a career teaching a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) subject in a U.S. middle or secondary school.

“Clarke is a leader in both teacher education and in STEM subject areas,” said Larry Bice, Ed.D., chair and assistant professor of education at Clarke. “These awards are a testament to the caliber of students we attract and are preparing to be the innovative teachers of tomorrow. With this scholarship, each of the recipients will have a unique ability to impact the future of math and science education.”

But, the benefits do not stop at the $5,000 award. Each STEM scholar will also receive a $1,000 AFCEA Science Teaching Tool (STT) Grant each year for three years after graduation, provided they continue teaching in a STEM subject. Science Teaching Tool Grants are intended to augment the needs of the STEM teachers and enrich the learning experience of the students they serve.  Ford and Klein are pursuing math and secondary education degrees at Clarke, while Stone is majoring in biology and education.
 
“The best way to get more students interested in a particular field of study is to increase the number of inspired and inspiring teachers working in the field,” said AFCEA Educational Foundation Vice President Fred Rainbow. “Better teachers feeling more confident about themselves and their profession, equipped with more robust tools – this is our formula for getting many new students excited about STEM.”

The AFCEA Educational Foundation is a non-profit membership association that serves as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security. The AFCEA raises funds and provides leadership, guidance, and rewards to help motivate more students to become scientists and engineers.

For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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