ADA — Ohio Northern University in Ada received a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to fund scholarships for students in the third and fourth years of the University’s engineering education and math education programs. The five-year grant is initially for $777,000 and is expected to total approximately $1.2 million.
The first two-year scholarships will be awarded to current ONU students in the fall of the 2018-19 academic year. Students earning the scholarships will fulfill a two-year commitment to teach in a school district in the United States that meets the following criteria: a high percentage of students form families with incomes below the poverty line, a higher percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which they were trained or a high teacher turnover rate.
The goal is to fund an average of eight students per year during the course of the five-year program.
Average scholarship awards will be $20,000 per student per year, based on the students’ financial needs. The minimum amount will be $10,000.
Students will be selected based on their commitment and potential to enter the teaching profession. Criteria includes being a math education or engineering education major, achieving a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and demonstrating a commitment to teaching through activities such as participation in educational outreach events.