FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 11, 2003
Contact: Ward Mullens
EMU offers Army POW scholarship to become kindergarten teacher
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan Universitys College of Education has extended an offer of a full-ride scholarship to PFC Jessica Lynch, the soldier who was rescued from an Iraqi hospital April 1. Lynch, of West Virginia, was a member of the 507th Maintenance Company, which was ambushed near Nasiriyah March 23.
We heard that PFC Lynch wanted to become a kindergarten teacher and we
think there is no better place to do this than Eastern Michigan University,
said Jerry Robbins, dean of EMUs College of Education.
Each year we prepare about 100 people to become new kindergarten teachers
and we would be honored for her to be one of them when she is finished with
her military service, Robbins said.
EMU is the nations leading producer of K-12 educational personnel, according
to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. EMU graduates
have won the National Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation 23 times,
more than any other school in the nation. Eastern graduates also have been named
National Teacher of the Year (1992), Michigan Teacher of the Year, Michigan
Secondary Principal of the Year, Michigan Elementary Principal of the Year,
and Michigan Superintendent of the Year.
A full-ride scholarship at EMU includes the value of tuition and fees up to 15 credit hours for fall or winter semester, as well as the value of a double room and standard meal plan.
Eastern Michigan University (www.emich.edu) is a four-year, comprehensive metropolitan
University committed to the needs of its students and communities through teaching,
research and service. EMU offers more than 400 programs in the arts, sciences
and professions through traditional classroom settings, off-site continuing
education classes and on-line courses. EMU is the fifth largest University in
Michigan, serving more than 24,500 students from around the world and offers
undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs.