August 21, 2006

Camden, May win $1,000 teaching scholarships

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Two area college students have won scholarships at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Jessica R. Camden of Murphysboro (158 Fiddler Ridge Road), an SIUC senior majoring in education, and Sarah N. May of Carterville (1301 May Ave.), an SIUC senior majoring in mathematics, each will receive $1,000 through a program aimed at producing math and science teachers.

Co-sponsored by SIUC’s College of Education and Human Services and its College of Science with funding from the Boeing Foundation, the Teaching Excellence in Mathematics and Science initiative each year presents scholarships to as many as 20 aspiring teachers with grade-point averages of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

“These students represent some of the best and brightest students at SIUC and represent a positive future for our schools,” said project director Trudi L. Volk.

Camden, the daughter of Jack A. and Tracie L. Camden, plans to teach elementary school mathematics. May, the daughter of Shannon and Susan R. May, also will teach mathematics.

Strengthening the undergraduate scholarship program is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.