August 6, 2008

State Farm Awards Grant to Western

By The Bellingham Herald, Wash.

Aug. 5--Western Washington University has been awarded a $4,500 grant by State Farm for the Future Teachers of Color Promise Scholarship program at Woodring College of Education.

The grant is the third from State Farm's Good Neighbor Citizenship philanthropy program to support a total of eight Promise Scholarships from State Farm since 2006.

State educational agencies, the governor and school districts have all designated the recruitment of minority teachers as a top priority for teacher education programs, in keeping with the greater need created by increasing numbers of minority students.

Bellingham State Farm agent Jim Harber worked with the company to secure the grants. Harber is a member of Woodring's Community Leadership Advisory Council, whose mission is to create a collaborative network through which members of the community and Woodring faculty, staff and students engage in partnership activities to support children and families.

Woodring's Promise Scholarship program supports students prior to entering Woodring and may be renewed for their first year in the teacher preparation program. To date $70,500 from various private funding sources, in collaboration with the Western Washington University Foundation, has been awarded to 28 students.

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