Claremont Graduate University Grant Covers Full Tuition to Train Native American Students as Teachers

The Claremont Native American Fellowship helps students to earn a California preliminary K-12 teaching credential and a master’s degree in education in as little as 15 months.

“This fellowship allows us to prepare Native American teachers who have the skills needed to promote educational excellence in their communities—and make sure that these new teachers are not saddled with debt along the way,” CGU Department of Teacher Education Director DeLacy Ganley said.

Claremont Graduate University (CGU) announces the Claremont Native American (CNA) Fellowship, a $1-million grant made possible by a partnership between CGU and the US Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education to support 100-percent full tuition expenses (including a living stipend) for Native American students who dream of becoming teachers and serving the children in their communities.

Recognizing the need for more educator training in Native American communities across the country, the fellowship helps students to earn a California preliminary K-12 teaching credential and a master’s degree in education in as little as 15 months.

“We know our public school systems have historically not served all populations equally well; inequities exist,” said DeLacy Ganley, director of the university’s Department of Teacher Education. “This fellowship allows us to prepare Native American teachers who have the skills needed to promote educational excellence in their communities—and make sure that these new teachers are not saddled with debt along the way.”

In exchange for tuition and living support, Ganley said, CNA Fellows must be employed for at least 15 months in a school serving Native American students. The school does not need to be located in California. If the CNA Fellow doesn’t meet this service agreement, the total amount of funds given becomes a loan that must be repaid to the Department of Education. As such, it is imperative that CNA Fellows are committed to the teaching profession.

Candidates are now being sought for this program. The first cohort of CNA Fellows will begin May 1; that means candidates must complete the application process by March 1.

For questions about the fellowship program, contact DeLacy Ganley at delacy.ganley(at)cgu(dot)edu. For questions about the application or to suggest candidates, contact Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Rachel Camacho at rachel.camacho2(at)cgu(dot)edu.

The CNA Fellows page contains further information about eligibility and the application process.

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Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is devoted solely to graduate-level education with more than 2,000 students pursuing graduate degrees in more than 20 distinct areas of study. The university belongs to The Claremont Colleges in Southern California, which also include Pomona College, Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College, and Keck Graduate Institute. Students are encouraged to look beyond the traditional disciplinary divisions and define their own unique program of study—CGU’s transdisciplinary trademark. CGU’s other distinctions include serving as the home of the Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management and the annual Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards.

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