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July 11, 2003
DH 03 TK038
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367
tknox@csudh.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Cal State University, Dominguez Hills Receives
$75,000 Grant From the Hearst Foundation

Money provides teachers in “hard-to-staff’ schools

Carson, Calif: – California State University, Dominguez Hills’ (CSUDH) School of Education (SOE) has received a $75,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation to help students complete teacher preparation courses faster and find jobs in “hard-to-staff” local schools. The grant helps the University’s efforts to award scholarships to deserving students who pursue teaching as a vocation.

University officials expect to award at least two $10,000 scholarships to teacher preparation students during the next academic year. In May 2003, two students received $10,000 scholarships from the SOE. Students who accept the scholarships do so under the condition that they complete the program in one year instead of 3 - 5 years.

“The School of Education at CSU Dominguez Hills has as its goal to secure funding for significant scholarships for Liberal Studies students,” said Billie Blair, Ph.D., and dean for the SOE. “The scholarships are awarded to provide the financial support needed for meritorious students to complete teacher preparation coursework within one year, engaging in full-time study.” Blair said the University is pleased to have the Hearst Foundation as a partner in this effort.

Over the past five years, more than 9,115 students received credentials as a consequence of their education at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Additionally 1,796 received master’s degrees, many of whom are already working in various aspects of the education field. Traditionally, Cal State Dominguez Hills’ graduates go on to serve in many schools within the Los Angeles and Long Beach unified school districts.

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