Foundation gives $55,000 grant to Western Md. Scholarships will be offered

April 27, 1993

A $55,000 grant to provide scholarships to Western Maryland College education students as an incentive to begin their teaching careers in metropolitan Baltimore schools has been made by the Goldsmith Family Foundation.

The foundation, based in Baltimore, will award the money over the next two years to as many as 10 juniors and seniors in the college's education department. Grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 will be made to students who meet the criteria of the program and who agree to accept teaching positions in schools in metropolitan Baltimore following graduation and teacher certification.

The schools must serve a high percentage of poor students or be classified as a Challenge School by the Maryland School Performance Program. In addition, post-graduate professional support will be available to the program's participants in their first year of teaching.

"We anticipate that Goldsmith Scholars will add an exciting dimension to our teacher education program," said Dr. Joan Coley, dean of Graduate Affairs at Western Maryland. "This grant will allow the education program at WMC to demonstrate its commitment to learners at risk."

After two years of dispersing grants, the Foundation will join with WMC's Education Department to set up professional support for those recipients who have become teachers in qualified metropolitan schools. The college will also assess the success of the program, based partly on comparing data with Western Maryland graduates who have started their teaching careers in suburban or rural schools.

Finalists for the Goldsmith Scholar program will be selected beginning next week. Information or applications: 857-2500.

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