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Education students selected for three scholarships

Special to The Hays Daily News

Fifteen education students at Fort Hays State University have been selected for special math and science teacher scholarships in three programs.

The three programs are Noyce Teacher-Leader Scholars, Noyce Summer Scholars and the FHSU Science and Mathematics Education Institute Steffens Scholarship. Some students earned scholarships are from more than one area.

Noyce Teacher-Leaders is a competitive scholarship program that prepares students on at least junior level to become an outstanding science or mathematics teacher serving in a high-needs school district.

These individuals are selected for one of six $12,000 scholarships, renewable for a second year. They will receive specialized coursework such as using distance learning technologies in the classroom, leadership and professional development on issues facing high-needs school districts. These students also will travel to conferences and will receive support during the first three years of their transition from students to teachers.

Noyce Teacher-Leader Scholars are:

Colby: Amanda Barnum, junior majoring in mathematics education.

Garden Plain: Julie Weber, senior majoring in biology education.

Great Bend: Karli Henning, senior majoring in biology education.

Junction City: Matt Spurlock, sophomore majoring in physics.

Parker, Colo.: Nathan Purdue, junior majoring in chemistry education.

St. John: Nikolaus Boyle, senior majoring in mathematics education.

The Noyce Summer Scholar program provides students a $2,400 stipend to work for the SMEI in summer youth programs. This program is open to FHSU students, community college students and students considering transferring to FHSU to enter the education program. Students must have completed at least the freshman year.

Noyce Summer Scholars are:

Evergreen, Colo.: Hailey Davey, sophomore majoring in mathematics education.

Garden City: Venessa Saucedo, sophomore majoring in mathematics eduation.

Goessel: Aidan Winblad, junior majoring in physics.

Hazelton: Shauna Guyle, sophomore majoring in mathematics education.

St. Francis: Christian Hilt, sophomore majoring in biology; Shayla Hilt, junior majoring in mathematics education.

Each year, SMEI awards the Steffens Scholarship to promising secondary science, technology, engineering and mathematics students. Each recipient receives a $2,000 scholarship. Recipients are selected based on GPA, interest and letter of support.

SMEI Steffens Scholarship recipients are:

Dodge City: Garrit Flax, junior majoring in biology education.

Evergreen, Colo.: Hailey Davey, sophomore majoring in mathematics education.

Hays: David Adams, senior majoring in biology education.

Hazelton: Shauna Guyle, sophomore majoring in mathematics education.

Hillsboro: Jamie Spoonemore, senior majoring in mathematics education.