Future educators get much-needed tuition assistance with $20,000 Verizon Foundation Grant to Stevenson University

The Verizon Foundation has donated $20,000 to Stevenson University to provide need-based scholarships for students studying education. The University’s School of Education enrolls more than 250 full-time students and offers bachelor’s degrees in early childhood, elementary, and middle school education.

“We are truly grateful for Verizon’s support,” said Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., president of Stevenson University. “Stevenson is committed to addressing the teacher shortage and creating a pipeline of future educators for Maryland’s schools. This gift will help expand access to higher education for deserving students and allow them to reach their life goals of becoming teachers.”

Teacher education has been an integral part of Stevenson’s mission since 1965, when students first graduated with associate degrees in early childhood education. In 2008, Stevenson became the first higher education institution in Maryland to establish a teacher preparation program specifically focused on the middle school years (grades 4-9). In the fall of 2008, the University began offering an English/Language Arts and Social Studies concentration and a Math and Science concentration within the program.

“Education is the key to success and the job opportunities of tomorrow,” said William R. Roberts, Verizon’s regional president in Maryland and Washington, D.C. “This grant will help open doors of opportunity for students who want to learn and teach. Many of these students struggle financially to stay in school. We’re glad we can make an investment in their future.”

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 3,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult accelerated degrees at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational Web site, Thinkfinity.org, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence. In 2008, the Verizon Foundation awarded more than $68 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. It also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in an additional $26 million in combined contributions to nonprofits. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation’s largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 3 million hours of community service since 2000.

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