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Mount Saint Mary’s University counts more recipients of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color than any other institution in the nation. The program was established in 1992.

MSMU Honored for Preparing Excellent Teachers for Public Schools

Aug. 11, 2008 -- The Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) of New York is honoring Mount Saint Mary’s University this week for the College's "exceptional" role in a national program that places outstanding teachers of color into public classrooms.

The Mount counts more recipients of the RBF Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color than any other institution in the nation. MSMU's Rockefeller fellows often have overcome obstacles such as low income and being the first in their family to attend college. To win their fellowships, Mount students have competed successfully in a national selection process that includes students from campuses such as Brown, Duke, Pomona, Wellesley, and Yale.

The Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color aim to increase the number of highly qualified teachers of color in K-12 public education. The students develop and implement an education-related summer project. They also receive up to $22,100 in financial assistance to attend graduate school. As part of the fellowships, the students commit to teaching in needy public schools for three years.

"We have been extremely impressed and gratified by the concerted effort of Mount Saint Mary’s University as a whole to reach these outstanding students, evidenced in part by the fact that 17 faculty members have served as mentors over the years," said Miriam Añeses, Rockefeller's fellowship program director.

"A review of fellows' track records indicates that, on average, Mount St. Mary's fellows tend to stay in the classroom and in the field of public education the longest," Añeses added. RBF leadership has said this is the last year the organization is managing the fellowships.

MSMU President Jacqueline Powers Doud will receive the College's award during an August 14 gala hosted on the East Coast by Rockefeller administrators. Also attending the event are Mount Education Department faculty and past MSMU fellowship recipients. "This is an extremely gratifying moment for the Education Department and the entire College," Doud said. "We know that our Rockefeller fellows consistently demonstrate leadership qualities that contribute to better educational opportunities for all children -- especially in Los Angeles public schools."

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