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Joyce and Jim Putnam Endowed Fund in Urban Education

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The Joyce and Jim Putnam Endowed Fund in Urban Education has two components. The Joyce and Jim Putnam Endowed Scholarship in Urban Education is to support graduates from a public high school in Flint, Detroit or other urban districts pursing a degree in elementary, secondary or special education. Candidates for the Joyce and Jim Putnam Endowed Scholarship in Urban Education will be reviewed for the following:

  • Academic Achievement.
  • Evidence of interest in working with PK-12 learners from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds, particularly with students in poverty and in urban settings. 
  • Evidence of successful leadership (i.e. seeking support and providing support in solving problems and successful team membership).
  • Commitment to interning and teaching in urban schools.

The second component of the Joyce and Jim Putnam Endowed Fund in Urban Education is the Joyce and Jim Putnam Chair in Urban Education, support for a faculty member with an interest in urban education. The Joyce and Jim Putnam Chair in Urban Education will oversee the identification and selection of recipients of the Joyce and Jim Putnam Endowed Scholarship in Urban Education.

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About Joyce and Jim Putnam

This fund was established by Joyce and Jim Putnam to honor select urban students who demonstrate strong academic achievement and work ethic, as well as a vision for their future as an urban educator. The Putnams observed through their work and experiences in both Flint and Port Huron, Michigan, that many urban students prevailed over difficult conditions in their home and neighborhood environments. However, due to a lack of financial support, many of these bright, energetic students were not able to realize their full potential. In many cases, these students ended up pursuing life directions that were not fulfilling and not of their primary interests. The Putnams have noted that, historically, scholarship support has been made available for urban students to pursue their dreams through higher education. However, it is the Putnams’ desire to specifically support urban students' dream to pursue a career in teaching, and to be afforded the opportunity to realize this dream in a nationally top rated teacher preparation program. It is the Putnams’ hope that many of the students who receive this scholarship choose to return to teach in urban settings. As a result, they will make significant contributions by enriching the opportunities of those who desire to follow their examples.

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