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SNC Tahoe doles out 12 Teach Nevada scholarships

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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Sierra Nevada College this week awarded 12 "Teach Nevada" scholarships to new students who will pursue initial teacher licensure in the college's graduate department of Teacher Education.

These students could be ready to fill open teaching position vacancies in August 2016.

The funding for these scholarships was appropriated in November by the Nevada Legislature (Senate Bill 511) to increase the number of classroom-ready teachers as a measure to address projected K-12 teacher shortages in the state.

Eligible recipients are awarded up to $3,000 per semester for a potential of $18,000 per student. Sierra Nevada College offers combined Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL)//Master of Arts in Teaching programs at its Reno and Las Vegas locations.

"The goal of the Teach Nevada Scholarship has always been to empower our students to pursue a degree in education. These future educators will help address Nevada's teacher shortage as the state continues to prosper and grow," said Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. "I would like to thank Sierra Nevada College for participating in this program which provides an incredible opportunity to its students. I am confident these scholarship recipients will ultimately deliver a quality education to young learners across Nevada and play a critical role in improving Nevada's system of education."

For Shannon Johnson, a recent University of Nevada, Reno, graduate and recipient of one of the SNC scholarships, the scholarship will help make her dream of becoming a teacher a reality.

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"I was interested in the program at SNC because I liked the idea that I would eventually earn a master's degree along with my certification, and when I learned that the scholarship was available, I applied and went for it," Johnson said. "I was able to receive an amazing scholarship, and I'm excited about the personal fulfillment of teaching in my future."

SNC Tahoe President Alan Walker was pleased with the first round of scholarship awards.

"Getting more new teachers into the pipeline for the state of Nevada is an urgent initiative," he said. "Sierra Nevada College is proud to have the financial and political support to offer these new scholarships, which are just one way that we are aggressively working to encourage more bright, talented people to consider teaching as a career."

How Teach Nevada scholarship funding works: Funding was appropriated by the Nevada legislature to increase the number of students pursuing a career in teaching. Scholarship funds may be used for undergraduate or graduate-level work, but only for initial teacher preparation through an accredited alternative route to licensure program.

The Nevada Department of Education will not distribute any funds directly to students. Students must apply for scholarships through approved traditional or alternative route preparation program providers, such as Sierra Nevada College.

Visit 1.usa.gov/1UcjMCM for more information about the Teach Nevada scholarships.

This article was submitted by Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. Visit sierranevada.edu to learn more.