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CAT scholarships available to math and science students

Students need to apply by June 1

Students with a passion for math and science can now receive one of 50 scholarships available through the Choose Appalachian Teaching program.

High school seniors and undergraduates seeking licensure to teach mathematics and science in grades 7- 12 are encouraged to apply for a CAT scholarship to help build a community of mathematics and science teachers for southeastern Ohio.

CAT scholarships can be awarded for up to four years at $4,000 per year at Ohio University's Athens campus, Marietta College, Muskingum University, Shawnee State University and the University of Rio Grande. A modified version of the scholarship, which awards up to two years at $2,500 per year, is available at all five of Ohio University's regional campuses (Chillicothe, Eastern, Lancaster, Southern and Zanesville).

Unlike traditional scholarship programs, CAT is a seven-year commitment. After graduating, CAT scholars have the opportunity to engage in a three-year professional induction program in one of the 29 Appalachian counties of Ohio. The scholars will receive additional mentoring from university faculty during this time to help them set and reach professional development goals as beginning teachers.
"Wherever you are in the system, you're part of a community to support math and science education in southeast Ohio. That's the ultimate long-term goal," said Greg Foley, the CAT program director and Robert L. Morton Professor of Mathematics Education at Ohio University. "Over time we're trying to build this community of colleagues across the region."

The CAT scholarship project seeks to produce 75 additional high school mathematics and science teachers for southeastern Ohio, a region that faces a critical teacher shortage. Preference will be given to first-generation Appalachian Ohio students.

"We need to get the word out to high school seniors around the state that if you want to teach math or science in grades 7–12 somewhere in Appalachian Ohio, chances are good that there is a CAT scholarship waiting for you," Foley said. "Appalachian Ohio is a beautiful place to live and work, and it’s rare to receive a scholarship that comes with a promise of mentoring after graduation and licensure." 

The Ohio University–led project aimed at recruiting and graduating science and math teachers in the Appalachian area is one of several projects to receive funding through the Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program. The Ohio Board of Regents allocated $1 million toward the CAT project.

Further details and an application form can be found at the following website: www.cehs.ohio.edu/CAT.