Montclair State Student Awarded Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship

February 14, 2011--Montclair State University’s Aliah Singletary has been selected as one of 25 Fellows in the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color.  The 25 Fellows, chosen through a competitive selection process, include students from Yale University, Amherst College, Howard University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania, among others.

Singletary, who is from Newark, New Jersey and will graduate in May with a degree in Communication Studies, said she was honored to receive the award and looked forward to a career in teaching.  

“Many people don’t understand the power they have in being able to teach and how they can change a child’s life, but I do,” she said, recalling her own favorite teachers.  “I have always had a passion to teach.  I think my communication training along with my training in becoming an educator will make me a great teacher.”

 “I was fortunate to have wonderful teachers who cared how I was doing both inside and outside the classroom,” she said.  “Many teachers don’t realize the power they have to changes lives, but I know that first hand and will bring my desire to have a positive effect on my students to the classroom everyday.  I am honored to have been selected for this fellowship which values and supports teachers and their educational aspirations.”

 Each Fellow will receive a $30,000 stipend, to be used to complete a master’s degree in education, preparation to teach in a high-need public school, and guidance toward teaching certification.  Each must also make a three-year commitment to teach in a high-need public school.    

“On behalf of the University and the College of Education and Human Services, we congratulate Aliah on being named a Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fellow,” said Ada Beth Cutler, dean of the College of Education and Human Services.  “Aliah is an exemplary student and we are extremely proud to see her recognized among such a distinctive group of students.”

Montclair State was recently selected by the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation to become a host institution where Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Aspiring Teachers of Color Fellows may pursue MAT degrees.  Montclair State was one of 27 institutions in the nation, and the only in New Jersey, selected among 159 applications.

Established in 1992 by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Fellowships were created to help recruit, support, and retain people of color as public education teachers and administrators.  Each of the Fellows shares a common commitment to community service and many have themselves experienced the challenges of high-need urban and rural schools.

Since its inception, the program has awarded nearly $8 million in grants and financial assistance to 375 Fellows.  In January 2009, the fellowship program was transferred to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

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