The UNCP School of Education awarded $2.9 million to grant scholarships to 30 future educators

PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke School of Education received a record $2.9 million grant from the Anonymous Trust that will fund student scholarships for 30 future educators and transform the lives of generations of students in rural and underserved communities.

The School of Education will use the gift, the largest in the school’s history for student scholarships, to launch the Brave Scholars program, an initiative designed to recruit new teachers from Robeson, Scotland and Columbus counties.

The Brave Scholars program will address the state’s growing teacher shortage by targeting areas of high need, including specialties for elementary and exceptional children. In addition to tuition and fees, recipients who commit to teaching in their home county will receive a one-year living stipend. The program also pays for campus living, global travel, lectures, a learning community, and exam fees.

“We are grateful for the Anonymous Trust’s partnership in providing this incredible pathway to the tri-county education system in the grant,” said Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings.

“The Brave Scholars program will be transformative for these 30 students. Through the education these future teachers and administrators receive at UNCP, they will impact and influence countless lives and communities where they will teach and lead in North Carolina school systems for generations to come. What a wonderful testimony to the historic role of UNCP in teacher education.”

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