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Steller/Knepper Endowed Scholarship for Stellar Scholars

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Undergraduate Award Criteria

Recipients shall be admitted students in the College of Education with a minimum GPA of 3.2.

Recipients must write an essay describing why they want to enter their chosen field and how they hope to enhance the field of education they have chosen. The essay must be grammatically correct, clear, focused, well organized, thoughtful, and in good English in order to be considered.

Preference will be give to the extent legally possible to students who meet one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Plan to enter math, science, or related fields of teaching
  • Plan to enter other fields in which teachers are in short supply
  • Belong to underrepresented groups who will contribute to diversity in the classroom for the level and subject that they intend to teach
  • Can be identified as strivers or overachieving students (e.g. the SAT designation for those with higher scores than would be expected given their background and experience, or those identified through another method as being of higher academic ability than would be expected given their background and experience).

Graduate Award Criteria

Recipients shall be admitted students in the College of Education with a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Recipients must write an essay describing why they are entering their chosen field and how they hope to enhance the field of education they have chosen. The essay must be grammatically correct, clear, focused, well organized, thoughtful, and in good English in order to be considered.

Recipients must have a minimum of one year of K-12 classroom experience.

Preference will be given to the extent legally possible to students who meet one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Those who will contribute to the knowledge and improvement of education through involvement in the K-12 education system or related research.
  • Those from underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of K-12 education and education research systems, and expand the body of knowledge as an outgrowth of their diverse experience.