February 7, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 6
The Department of Educational Foundations in the College of Education at Idaho State University recently was awarded more than $95,000 in scholarship grant funding for academic year 2010 - 2011.
Those funds benefit ISU College of Education undergraduate teacher education students seeking to work in Idaho school districts in fields such as bilingual education, English, English as a Second Language (ESL), English Language Learners (ELL) and as Native American teachers.
The program's main goal, as part of the Idaho State Board of Education's Grow Your Own (GYO) Scholarship, is to increase the number of bilingual teachers in Southeast Idaho.
Since its inception approximately 200 students have participated in the scholarship program as members of ISU College of Education undergraduate programs in Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls. A current trend includes a diverse range of GYO students with differing Spanish/English backgrounds. The diversity of the participants' backgrounds provides new ways and means to meet the diverse needs of our growing English-learner population.
The scholarship program is seeking applicants for fall 2012 with the screening of applicants occurring in April 2011.