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June 28, 2011 > Retired teachers award scholarships

Retired teachers award scholarships

Submitted By Eugene Dias, Photo by Dawn Scott

Known throughout the state as the FUN Division, one of the purposes of Division #91 of the California Retired Teachers Association of Fremont, Union City and Newark is to provide a continuing scholarship program. At a recent luncheon/meeting at Washington West, Jon Mullen, chairperson of the Scholarship/Grant Committee, awarded two $2,000 scholarships and two $500 mini-scholarships to four California State University East Bay students who are completing the teacher training program. Recipients of the $2,000 scholarships are: Brian Foster, secondary education and Ben Chambers, elementary education. The recipients of the $500 mini-scholarships are: Joanna Gauthier, special education and Sarah Harris, elementary education.

As a part of the Grant Program, three $100 mini-grants were awarded to the Teachers-of-the-Year from the Fremont, Union City and Newark School Districts. Recipients of these mini-grants are: Lewis Gilcrease, Science, Walters Junior High, Fremont; Julie Panebianco, English, Logan High, Union City, New Haven; and Tom Collett, Science, Newark Junior High.

Funds for the scholarships and grants are raised through opportunity drawings, book sales, drawings for quilts, Ducks for Bucks proceeds and through donations.

Joan Mullen states that the Scholarship Committee is considering, for the future, grants to be offered to qualified teachers from the three Districts who submit innovative proposals which will help defray the cost of classroom student-centered enhancement programs.

If you are a former teacher interested in supporting public education and would like information to join FUN CalRTA #91, please contact Muriel Rodrigues, CalRTA #91, P.O. Box 643, Fremont, CA 94536.

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