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Lamar online master’s teachers award scholarships

Lamar University has established a scholarship program for graduates of the online master of education program.  The online masters program in education is designed specifically for classroom teachers to acquire their master’s degree in as little as 18 months.  An added incentive for earning the master’s degree through the online program is the ability to award a scholarship to a student to attend Lamar University.  More than 40 students were selected by graduates of the program to attend Lamar in the fall 2014 semester.

“This is a one-time scholarship for any student the graduates’ may know who meets the admission requirements and has a desire to attend Lamar University,” said Jim Rush, director of academic services.  “The scholarships will be awarded in the name of the teacher who selected the student to receive the scholarship.”

Students and teachers from the Golden Triangle include: Colton Bates and Victoria Cornell, Deweyville High School, awarded by Virginia Roberts; Marissa Hill, Buna High School, awarded by Kevin Terrier; Taylor Koncaba, Nederland High School, awarded by Kimberly Carter; Rhiannon Pletcher, Nederland High School, awarded by Barbara Gallier; Vinessa Rice, West Orange Stark High School, awarded by Deven Michael; Savannah Simon, Kelly High School, awarded by Latayne Rowell; Keaton Switzer, Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, awarded by Sharron Wood; Cheyenne Wilson, Lumberton High School, awarded by Georgia Hall; Robert Guzman, Hardin-Jefferson High School, awarded by Christian Kemp and Sydney Cormier, Nederland High School, awarded by Lindsey Thomas.

“I found that the online program offered an opportunity to network and share ideas with other teaching professionals.  An added bonus was the formation of professional friendships that have been maintained, post-graduation,” said Virginia Roberts, a graduate and teacher from Deweyville who awarded scholarships to two students.  “I would like to thank Lamar University for allowing me to participate in the scholarship selection process, because it does make a tangible difference for these students. From the Honors College to the flexible online courses that allow students to do their coursework around their busy schedules, Lamar can meet the needs of many individuals.”

According to Rush, along with daily responsibility of teaching students, teachers have a great desire to see their students advance to college and have successful careers.  The teachers in the online masters of education program have taken the step to enhance their educations and are eager to pass along to their students the admiration and appreciation they feel for Lamar.