A Laurens High School graduate is one of six Teacher Cadets from across South Carolina announced as winners of the Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarship.
The local winner is Rebecca Corley, a former Teacher Cadet at Laurens District 55 High School. Rebecca comes from a family of educators that not only include both her parents but also aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was a member of the Student Council, BETA Club and Concert Choir. Rebecca is actively involved in her church, participating in mission trips, youth choir, Bible schools, and fine arts camps. She plans to attend Presbyterian College where she will major in early childhood education. Her Teacher Cadet instructor was Ms. Debbie Simpson.
The scholarship is named in memory of Dr. Ken Bower, an architect of the original Teacher Cadet course and curriculum, is awarded each year to as many as six senior Teacher Cadets who intend to become a classroom teacher in one of South Carolina’s many public schools. The Teacher Cadet Program Director, Marcella Wine-Snyder, said “The recipients of the Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarship are among South Carolina’s most stellar students. Not only do they have a passion for making a difference in the lives of children, but they also exhibit the talent for teaching and working with them.”
2013 recipients will receive a one-time award of $500. The award is mailed directly to the recipient’s college before August 1st and is applied to his or her account. Awards are determined based on the merits of scholarship, teacher recommendations, and a written essay. The Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarship is not “needs-based” and does not rely on the financial information of the Teacher Cadet’s family. Teaching Fellows may also be recipients of the Ken Bower Scholarship.