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New scholarship aims to increase locally grown teachers

By Staff Report, posted 3 weeks ago
A signing ceremony was held on Wednesday, July 3, at Sandhills Community College. Moore County Schools Superintendent Tim Locklair, Sandhills Community College President Sandy Stewart, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke Chancellor Robin Cummings were in attendance. Photo courtesy of SCC.

Sandhills Community College (SCC) introduced a new scholarship, the Grow Moore Teachers Pathway Scholarship, to support local students pursuing careers in education.

This scholarship agreement between SCC, Moore County Schools (MCS), and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) is designed to confront the teacher shortage and retain highly qualified educators in Moore County.

The Grow Moore Teachers Pathway Scholarship is available to all students graduating from the Moore County School System. 

"We will always need teachers,” stated Sandy Stewart, President of Sandhills Community College, in a press release. "This partnership with Moore County Schools, UNC Pembroke and Sandhills Community College is a unique pathway to help scholars teach in their community." 

Students receiving this scholarship will graduate from Sandhills Community College, then transfer to UNC Pembroke to complete a major in the Educator Preparation Program and eventually return to the Moore County School System as teachers.

Students participating in the Grow Moore Teachers Pathway Scholarship must graduate from Sandhills Community College with one of seven associate degrees, maintain satisfactory academic progress and adhere to the scholarship rules.

"Because of dual enrollment and the SCC Foundation, it is also an affordable scholarship program that leverages each organization's strengths. We are proud of this partnership with our local school system and regional university. Many thanks to Dr. Locklair and Dr. Cummings for their leadership," shared Stewart in a press release.

Members of the community interested in supporting this new scholarship program can contact SCC Development Director Jennifer Dail at (910) 695-3712 or dailj@sandhills.edu.

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