The Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarship, named in memory of Dr. Ken Bower, an architect of the original Teacher Cadet course and curriculum, is awarded each year to senior Teacher Cadets who intend to become a classroom teacher in one of South Carolina's many public schools.
“The recipients of the Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarship are the quintessence of excellence, and we look forward to welcoming these aspiring future teachers to South Carolina's cadre of exemplary classroom teachers,” notes Marcella Wine-Snyder, Program Director for the Teacher Cadet Program. “For over thirty years now, South Carolina’s Teacher Cadet Program has sought to grow its own stellar teachers by establishing a pipeline of well-qualified potential educators comprised of the state's best and brightest students. For some time now, education policy analysts and demographers have alluded to impending teacher shortages at an alarming rate, and homegrown teacher recruitment strategies and efforts like the Teacher Cadet Program represent our best hope for averting a more substantial one.Without great teachers, our state's goal of providing high quality schools—for all children, in all neighborhoods--will never materialize.”
Teacher Cadet instructors receive notification of the call for applications early each calendar year and all senior Teacher Cadets are eligible to apply. Thanks to the generosity of silent auction "shoppers" at two CERRA conferences and other donors who support the Teacher Cadet program, 2018 recipients will receive a one-time award of $1,000. The award is mailed directly to the recipient's college before August 1 and is applied to his or her account. Awards are determined based on the merits of scholarship, teacher recommendations, and a written essay. The Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarship is not "needs-based" and does not rely on the financial information of the Teacher Cadet’s family. Teaching Fellows may also be recipients of the Ken Bower Scholarship.
2018 Ken Bower Scholarship Recipients
Hannah is a senior at J.L. Mann High School and will be attending Clemson University as an early childhood education major in the fall. She is very involved at her school as a mentor with the special education students and a member of National Technical Honor Society, National Honor Society, FCA, and Key Club. Hannah’s passion is working with children, and she already works with kids in the after school program at an elementary school. By becoming a teacher, Hannah hopes that she can inspire children to love learning and make a lasting impact on their education.
Lydia is a senior at Mauldin High School and will be attending Charleston Southern University where she plans to study English Education to become a high school English teacher. She is a Teacher Cadet as well as a Teaching Fellow. She wants to teach high school English because of her love for learning, teaching, reading, and writing. She is passionate about education and cannot wait to have a classroom of her own!
Sarah Gibson is a senior at Powdersville High School. She serves as the treasurer for Student Government, the community coordinator for National Honors Society, and has participated in Beta club for many years. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She plans to continue her education in the fall at Clemson University. She will be an Early Childhood Education major with a minor in either Psychology or Special Education. After college, she plans to become a Kindergarten teacher.
Olivia James, an aspiring secondary level mathematics teacher, will attend Furman University this fall. She will graduate second in her class. Along with her academic success, she has been a part of many extracurricular activities including clubs such as National Honor Society, Beta Club, Students in Action, and Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica. She has exercised leadership skills as vice president in National Honor Society, percussion captain for several years in the Travelers Rest Band, and as a mentor for students both in school and at her church, Marietta First Baptist. She discovered that teaching is her passion through experience in tutoring, leading day camps, and the Teacher Cadet program.
Kaicee will be graduating from York Comprehensive High School in York, SC. She is president of Mu Alpha Theta and an active member of the National Honor Society, English Honor Society, Teacher Cadet National Honor Society, and French Honor Society. She is also a member of the Varsity Cheer Team and volunteer with the school’s media specialist at after school events. She will be attending Clemson University in the Fall to major in either Secondary Education with a focus in math or pursue an Elementary Education degree. She has been preparing for this career by volunteering to tutor students within her school district and being a part of the Teacher Cadet Program.