Current Status of the Teaching Fellows Program (July 5, 2012)
Though it was included in the original House budget proposal and requested by 46 school boards in the state, the compromise budget released Wednesday by both the Senate and the House did not include funding to restore the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program.
As a result, the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission will not be awarding Teaching Fellows Scholarships to college freshmen for the 2012-2013 academic year.
The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission and state staff wish to thank all those who have advocated for the continuation of the Teaching Fellows program and to the forty-six school boards that passed resolutions requesting the program be restored. Thank you, also, to the many representatives and senators who relentlessly advocated for the renewal of the program.
As it stands, the 2011 class of Teaching Fellows represent the final group of students that will graduate with this scholarship. Governor Perdue vetoed the compromise budget set before her (which excluded the restoration of the Teaching Fellows Program), but her veto was overridden by the Senate and House. Unfortunately, this signifies the end of this nationally recognized program.
A message from the NC State Program:
Special thanks to all of the fellows, parents, families and supporters of the NC State Teaching Fellows Program! This program has never been about those of us here in Poe Hall, but has always been about the fellows themselves...hoping to make a difference in their lives so they can "pay it forward" and make a difference in the lives of others. We have a handful of students left in the program, let's show them why we are considered "the best and the brightest"!
The Teaching Fellows Program is a scholarship program that provides
a four year $6,500 per year scholarship to 500 exceptional North Carolina
high school seniors. Students must go through a multi dimensional interview
process to earn the honor of being a Teaching Fellow. Recipients
all must be legal residents of North Carolina and citizens of the United
States. Upon acceptance of the scholarship, the student agrees to teach
for four years following graduation from college in one of North Carolina’s
public schools or United States Government schools in North Carolina.
At North Carolina State University Teaching Fellows are provided with
an outstanding program that will allow them to develop into quality
teachers for the state of North Carolina. NC State is home to
almost 30,000 students. As the largest university in the state, it offers
an abundance of opportunities for its whole population. At NC State,
the Teaching Fellows program complements a rigorous academic program
with excellent opportunities for campus leadership. Social and cultural
lives are just what you would expect in a large metropolitan area -
plentiful and varied.
Teaching Fellows are expected to broaden their knowledge of the world
through exposure to everything from folk culture to fine art.