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Student Receives Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship

UCR Student to Receive Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship

Susana Sanchez is selected out of a national pool of aspiring teachers from 27 institutions competing for the coveted award.

(May 16, 2008)

Susana Sanchez, this year's Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship recepient. Enlarge

Susana Sanchez, this year's Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship recepient.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — University of California, Riverside student Susana Sanchez is one of 25 students nationwide who has received the highly competitive Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color for 2008-09.

These fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding minority undergraduate students in the arts and sciences wishing to pursue graduate degrees in education and to teach in American public elementary or secondary schools.

Sanchez, a third-year student pursuing a bachelor’s in Chicano studies and a minor in history, cites her experience as a tutor for the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program as an important step toward reaching her goal to be an educator.

“The several years experience that I have as a tutor have given me the patience, communication and interpersonal skills needed when working with youth and my participation in several campus organizations has provided me the leadership ability that educators must possess,” Sanchez said. “I strongly believe that the passion I have for the betterment of youth and the minority communities is what best suits me to be an educator.”

UCR’s Graduate School of Education (GSOE) has participated in the program since 1991 and Sanchez’s selection brings the number of UCR awardees to 16. Incoming fellows are required to complete a summer project between their junior and senior years. These projects, planned jointly by fellows and their mentors, provide students with direct teaching experience and are presented at a summer workshop in August in Washington, D.C.

Fellows can tap into as much as $22,100 to help finance graduate studies and internships over five years.

UCR undergraduate minority students in the arts and sciences who are in their third year and plan to pursue a graduate degree in education upon graduation are eligible to apply during fall quarter. Students must identify a mentor, a member of UCR’s faculty or staff, who will be responsible for assisting the fellow in planning a summer project, of providing supervision as needed during the final year of undergraduate study and for offering career guidance.

Founded in 1992, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color have awarded fellowships to 351 college students. The goal of the fellowships is to increase the number of highly qualified teachers of color in K-12 public education in the United States.

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