August 21, 2006

Nowicki, Squier win teaching scholarships

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Rockford residents Jennifer C. Nowicki (5044 Braewild Road) and Ashley N. Squier (6824 N. Jean each have won $1,000 scholarships from Southern Illinois University Carbondale 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.

Nowicki, a junior in education, plans to teach elementary school mathematics. She is the daughter of Jeff R. and Jan C. Nowicki.

Squier, also a junior in education, plans to teach mathematics at the elementary school level as well. She is the daughter of Steve E. and Renee S. Squier.

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.