April 17, 2014

Future teachers win PSEA scholarships

The future is a little brighter for eight teacher-hopefuls. Thanks to PSEA, three Student PSEA members and five high school students will be able to better fund their education after winning this year's Lucy A. Valero Scholarships.

The award winners were announced at the 2014 Student PSEA Conference and Convention held in Erie, PA, April 4-5.

Student PSEA winners, each receiving a $3,000 scholarship:

  • Katie Slater (Bloomsburg University)
  • Connor MacKelvey (Slippery Rock University)
  • Gregory Cass (Penn State Behrend)

Five high school seniors, Amber Mangelli from Union Area High School (Union Area), Carly Izydore and Maria Campbell from Plum Senior High School (Plum Borough), Katelyn Nassar from Trinity High School (Trinity Area), and Kayla Benton from DuBois Area High School (DuBois Area), were selected from high school Future Educators of America (FEA) members across Pennsylvania to each receive a $500 scholarship.

Applicants were asked to describe their role in Student PSEA or high school FEA chapters and their involvement in those organizations, as well as how they would improve public education in Pennsylvania and what grade level they would prefer to teach.

Scholarship recipients were chosen by the trustees of the Lucy A. Valero Memorial Scholarship Fund, comprised of PSEA officers and staff, and the president of Student PSEA.

About the Lucy A. Valero Scholarships
These annual awards are provided by the Lucy A. Valero Membership Scholarship Fund, administered by PSEA. One or more outstanding students are selected each year to support their work in an accredited teacher preparation program in Pennsylvania.

Lucy Valero spent 18 years working with PSEA's student program, building it into one of the strongest in the nation. Her friends and colleagues created the memorial fund to recognize her dedicated service.

The fund's scholarship program aims to attract capable new teachers to the profession. Since its creation, the memorial fund has provided many scholarships to outstanding students headed for a career in education, and gives PSEA a valuable opportunity to influence the future of public education in Pennsylvania.

Each year, PSEA sponsors a golf tournament(link) in support of the Lucy A. Valero Memorial Scholarship Fund. Individuals interested in contributing to the fund can participate in the tournament or send donations to Lucy A. Valero Trust Fund, 400 N. Third Street, Box 1724, Harrisburg, PA 17105-1724.




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