ECU selected as partner institute by North Carolina Teaching Fellows

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A university here in the east has been chosen as a partner institution by the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission. This comes with the hope of increasing the number of educators in our state.

East Carolina University is taking steps to open doors for future educators by becoming a partner institution for the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program.

The Teaching Fellows program is a merit-based forgivable loan program that provides tuition assistance of up to $10,000. This is designed for qualified students committed to teaching elementary education, special education, or STEM in a public school in North Carolina.

“I think it will be great because it will bring students who are interested in teaching into our program so I think that is a positive for our college,” College of Education professor Anne Ticknor said.

ECU previously had the teaching fellows program until a state stopped funding it. Education Community of Scholars Director Dionna Manning served as director of the program and says now it has returned, this is the first time current and transfer ECU students can apply.

“To know that the state is going to provide that funding again and those opportunities so we can increase our numbers is huge,” Manning said. “It is huge for our universities and it is huge for our communities.”

Students in the program will not only receive financial support, but academic support as well with advisors, networking retreats, and leadership experiences.

As ECU used to be known as East Carolina Teachers College, Ticknor said being selected for this program feels like a full circle moment.

“We have been producing teachers in the state for over 100 years so this really kind of brings that together and continues our tradition, but it also fulfills our mission,” Ticknor said.

According to Manning, the initial deadline was Sunday but has now been extended to give students more time to apply.

Winners will be chosen based on GPA, strong recommendation letters, and strong video submissions that explain why they should be picked. For more information or to apply, you can visit NC Teaching Fellows (northcarolina.edu)

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