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Rockefeller Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color Awarded to Mount Students

April 5, 2006 -- Two future Latina teachers studying at Mount Saint Mary’s University have been awarded prestigious Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color for 2006. Also, a third Mount student was named first alternate to receive a scholarship. Final announcements on fellowship recipients will be made by the end of April.

Juniors Jeaneth Iniguez, a history major, and Yesenia Hernandez, an English major, withstood a rigorous national selected process that required a passion for teaching in the public schools and included interviews at the Rockefeller Fund Brothers headquarters in New York City. They are among 25 students from 16 institutions nationwide selected for the awards this year.

 

Since the program’s inception in 1992, 25 Mount students have been awarded fellowships. Nationwide, 300 students have received fellowships.

The students will receive grants from the fund for up to $22,100 to use on a summer teaching-related project this year, a master’s program in teacher education, and loan repayments.

Jeaneth, the first in her family to attend college, immigrated to the United States from Mexico with her parents when she was 2. She grew up in Carson, Calif., and was inspired by her hard-working parents to pursue an education and contribute to society. Jeaneth, who plans to teach U.S. history to high school juniors, said Mount Saint Mary’s University inspired her to teach in public schools with its focus on diversity, and a student population that mirrors that of Los Angeles.

“The Mount has allowed me to reach out to different cultures in my everyday life with all the diversity of its students,” she said. “This has helped me more easily adapt and prepare to teach in the classroom in Southern California, where we find students who may not speak English.”

In August, Jeaneth and Yesenia join other fellows in Washington, D.C. to present their summer projects and learn more about graduate education programs.

A third student, Brooke Hogan '07, a Child Development major, was named first alternate. Should any of the selected candidates around the country decline the fellowship, Brooke is next in line.

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