New scholarship aims to increase locally grown teachers

A new scholarship, the Grow Moore Teachers Pathway Scholarship, has been established to support local students pursuing careers in education.

This scholarship agreement between Sandhills Community College (SCC), Moore County Schools (MCS), and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) is designed to combat 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,” said Sandy Stewart, President of SCC. “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 SCC, then transfer to UNCP to complete a major in the Educator Preparation Program, and eventually return to the Moore County school system as teachers for at least four years.

“Our district is fortunate to have many dedicated teachers who are products of our own schools and now play a crucial role in shaping the future workforce,” said MCS Superintendent Dr. Tim Locklair. “I am thrilled about this collaboration with Sandhills Community College and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. This partnership will streamline the path for future students aspiring to earn a teaching degree and return to make a lasting impact on future generations, just as they were inspired by their own teachers.”

Students participating in the Grow Moore Teachers Pathway Scholarship must graduate from SCC 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,” said Stewart.

A signing ceremony was held on Wednesday, July 3, at SCC. Stewart, Locklair, and UNCP Chancellor Robin Cummings were in attendance.

Members of the community interested in supporting this new scholarship program should contact SCC Development Director Jennifer Dail at (910) 695-3712 or [email protected].

Feature photo: (L to R) MCS Superintendent Tim Locklair, SCC President Sandy Stewart, and UNCP Chancellor Robin Cummings sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the Grow Moore Teachers Pathway Scholarship.

Contributed/Courtesy photo.

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