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Liz Hamilton for Forward Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Forward Arkansas, a partnership between the Arkansas Board of Education, the Walton Family Foundation and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, today announced a $75,000 gift to the University of Arkansas for students pursuing a secondary teaching license in the computer science field. The scholarships will be administered by UAteach, a secondary math and science teacher preparation program with which Forward Arkansas has been a partner since inception.
“We are pleased to support future educators in our state that will be rigorously prepared to teach STEM and computer science,” said Susan Harriman, executive director of Forward Arkansas. “We know that graduates of the UAteach program are highly employable, and our Forward Communities will certainly benefit from their knowledgeable experience.”
Scholarship recipients must commit to teaching in a school district in one of Forward Arkansas’s five Communities – Crossett, Independence County, Marianna, Pea Ridge or Springdale – helping to fulfill the organization’s vision that “every Arkansas student will graduate prepared for success in college and the workplace.”
“UAteach is extremely grateful for the scholarship support from Forward Arkansas,” said Bryan Hill, director of UAteach and assistant dean in the University of Arkansas College of Engineering. “The group has always been a strong advocate for UAteach and we look forward to a continued partnership to support secondary teacher preparation in Arkansas.”
These scholarships come on the heels of Governor Asa Hutchinson allotting $2.5 million in the state’s budget to fund teacher training in computer science, ensuring that Arkansas students are receiving quality instruction that will prepare them to enter the state’s ever-evolving workforce.
“I am pleased that Forward Arkansas has established this scholarship to support students who are studying to become licensed computer science instructors,” he said. “This scholarship perfectly complements my goal to teach computer coding to as many high school students as possible. The more teachers we can train in computer science, the more students will be coding literate, which is good for the future of Arkansas.”
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