seeking to attract Indians to the teaching profession
A year after receiving federal
money to train American Indian and Alaskan Indian students
to become teachers, the University of Utah has a new $1.3
million federal grant to continue the program.
Spurred by the overwhelming response
to its American Indian Teacher Training Program and the progress
of the 12 students who received scholarships last summer,
the U. will recruit 12 more to begin the program next summer.
Applicants must be of American Indian
or Alaskan Indian descent, according to U.S. Department of
The department also stipulates that
Title VII money -- federal funds targeted specifically for
Indian education -- is to be used to prepare undergraduate
students and, next year, master's degree students to become
instructors in math, science and reading.
"Children in American Indian
communities need the most help in reading, math and science,"
said Bryan McKinley Brayboy, an assistant professor in the
U. Department of Education and author of both grant applications.
"Our program will train teachers in these areas."
The scholarship -- which covers
tuition, books, health insurance, use of a laptop computer
and a $1,000-$1,500 monthly stipend for living expenses --
allows recipients to focus primarily on studies.
Applications due Feb. 1
Send them to
Bryan McKinley Brayboy, U. of U. Department of Education,
Culture & Society, 1705 E. Campus Center Drive, Room
307, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9256.
For more information
on the teacher training program for American Indians,
call (801) 581-4145 or (801) 587-7811.