Science, math teacher bid gets a boost

September 09, 2006|By Gadi Dechter

Maryland's efforts to produce more math and science teachers have received a major boost from private philanthropists, state university system officials announced yesterday.

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, told the University System of Maryland's Board of Regents that a $5 million gift from philanthropists George and Betsy Sherman will be used to endow scholarships for UMBC math and science students who pledge to teach in schools with many low-income students.

The Sherman scholarships will be phased in starting this year, according to Greg Simmons, UMBC's vice president for development. Within five years, he said, the gift will endow partial tuition waivers for 50 undergraduates annually, as well as 10 full scholarships plus stipends for students pursuing a master's degree in teaching.

This summer, said regents Chairman Clifford M. Kendall, real estate developer Willard Hackerman gave $1 million to Towson University to create an on-campus academy providing advanced math and science training to Maryland teachers.

Kendall replaces David H. Nevins as chairman. Nevins' leadership term expired in June.

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