CHARDON, Ohio - The Ohio Council of Teachers of Math (OCTM) supports pre-service teachers through monetary scholarships every year. Applicants from the University of Akron, Capital University, the University of Cincinnati, Defiance College, University of Miami (Oxford), Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, Ohio University, Tiffin University, the University of Toledo, Walsh University, Wright State University and Xavier University.
One applicant was awarded $1,000 in scholarship money. The other six received $750.
After careful review of the applicants, the OCTM awarded seven scholarships for the 2013-14 school year. One of the seven was Catherine Savage, the daughter of Tom and Cindy Savage of Wauseon. Catie is a senior at Defiance College and received $750 in scholarship money. Below is a biography submitted to the awards committee:
“My name is Catie Savage and I am a senior at Defiance College. I am majoring in integrated mathematics and minoring in autism studies.
“I grew up in Wauseon, where I graduated as valedictorian from Wauseon High School. At Defiance College, I spend a lot of my free time volunteering or in leadership roles as a part of the Service Leadership Program and playing tennis as a member of the women’s tennis team.
“I have also been fortunate enough to partake in many travel opportunities through the college. My favorite excursions have been my trip to Boston for an Honors conference and my two international trips to Belize and Tanzania. During both of my international trips, I was able to meet with teachers in school. In Belize, I actually taught hands-on lessons to three different age groups in a small village.
“When I am not taking part in one of those activities, I work as a writing consultant and a math tutor in our student resource center.
“I will be graduating from DC in May 2014. I am hoping to be able to stay in Northwest Ohio. I do not have a preference for what grade level of subject I will end up teaching. I think that it is the students and the connections teachers make with them that truly make the teaching profession enjoyable.
“My mother is also a teacher and it has been very inspiring to see her work with students as well as reunite with past students. I hope to make the same impact on all my students and leave them with a thirst for learning.”