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Eriksson Scholars

Thank you for your interest in the Eriksson Scholars Program at Austin Peay State University. If you are interested in teaching mathematics or science to high school or middle school students, consider applying to this prestigious scholarship to receive funding to help advance you in your education career in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

There are three programs: Eriksson Undergraduate Scholars, Eriksson M.A.T. Scholars and Eriksson Graduate Fellows.

 

Eriksson Undergraduate Scholars 

Eriksson Undergraduate Scholars are selected students who receive up to $5,000 each fall and spring semesters, to include the semester in which they student-teach, to help them prepare for science and mathematics high school or middle school teaching careers.

 Minimum Qualifications:


1.     Be admitted to APSU with at least 60 semester credit-hours earned.

2.     Declare major in a STEM field with a 3.2 grade-point average.

Application Materials:


1.     Complete “Eriksson Undergraduate Scholars for Juniors and Seniors Scholarship Application” form. (See attached file for Fall 2013. Program coordinators would like to convert this to a Drupal electronic application.)

2.     Submit current resume/vitae.

3.     Provide statement of impact, 500 words or less, in which you address how this opportunity will impact you personally, financially and professionally. 

4.     Have recommendation from a college faculty member familiar with your academic skills. (Provide name and contact information on the application.)

At the end of each semester, Eriksson Undergraduate Scholars who maintain a 3.2 term and cumulative GPA will be invited to continue participation as a scholar without the need for reapplication. When a student accepts Eriksson funding, the student is obligated to teach for one academic for each semester of funding received.  Should this obligation not be met, the monies received must be returned. 

 

Eriksson M.A.T. Scholars

Eriksson M.A.T. Scholars are students selected to receive up to $5,000 each fall and spring semesters, to include the semester in which they student teach, to help them prepare for science and mathematics high school or middle school teaching careers.   

These scholars hold undergraduate degrees in STEM fields and are returning to seek credentials for teaching science or mathematics to high school or middle school students.  


 Minimum Qualifications:


1.      Have an earned B.S. in a STEM field with 3.0 GPA.

2.      Be accepted into the APSU College of Graduate Studies for the M.A.T. degree program.

3.      Be willing to complete at least two courses per semester of funding. (Completing three courses per semester is recommended.)

Application Materials:


1.      Complete “Eriksson Graduate Scholar Application” form. (See attached file for Fall 2013. Program coordinator would like to convert this to a Drupal electronic application.)

2.       Submit current resume/vitae.

3.       Provide a statement of impact, 500 words or less, in which you address how this opportunity will impact you personally, financially and professionally as well as how it will impact your future students. 

4.       Have recommendation from building supervisor, preferably an assistant principal or principal, and/or recommendation from a college faculty member familiar with your academic skills. 

5.       Submit a copy of unofficial undergraduate transcript(s) and, if applicable, unofficial copies of graduate transcript(s).

At the end of each semester, Eriksson M.A.T. Scholars who maintain a 3.2 term and cumulative GPA will be invited to continue participation as a scholar without the need for reapplication. When a student accepts Eriksson funding, the student is obligated to teach for one academic for each semester of funding received. Should this obligation not be met, the monies received must be returned.

 

Eriksson Graduate Fellows

Eriksson Graduate Fellows are students selected to receive up to $10,000 annually to participate in a cohort program that results in earning a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction with a mathematics specialization. The purpose of the program is to create highly qualified mathematics teachers in high schools demonstrating a need for such expertise. The goal is to develop master teachers to provide curriculum leadership to their schools, encourage these skilled teachers to remain in the field of teaching and to create exceptional classrooms in which college students can observe and student teach.

The first cohort began the program in June 2013 and will graduate in May 2015. The next cohort will begin June 2015. Application materials for the June 2015 cohort will be available in August 2014. 

When a student accepts Eriksson funding, the student is obligated to teach for one academic for each semester of funding received.  Should this obligation not be met, the monies received must be returned. 

  

About the Eriksson Scholars Program

The Eriksson Scholars Program is made possible through the generosity of Lars Eriksson, owner of Crankshaft Rebuilders Inc. In late 2012, Eriksson presented APSU with an eight-figure gift in memory of his late wife, Martha Dickerson Eriksson, who graduated from APSU in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education.

Known as Becky, she went on to the Orange County, Fla., area and taught in middle school levels for 32 years. During that time, she was always proud of the accomplishments of her students. To honor his wife’s legacy, Lars Eriksson established 27 scholarships to be given each year to students who want to dedicate themselves to continue teaching upon graduation. The students who receive the scholarships will be known formally as Eriksson Scholars.

The donation is by far the largest single gift in APSU history. In recognition of this unprecedented generosity, the University officially changed the name of its College of Education to the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education. One of the three new residence halls also was named for her. And the College of Education’s STEM Center was renamed the Jack Hunt STEM Center, in honor of her late brother-in-law and a local teacher.

The gift consists of an initial sum of $1 million to provide scholarships each year for the first three years of this program. After those initial years, the gift includes an additional pledge to fund these scholarships for the lifetime of Lars Eriksson. Eriksson also has created an estate gift.  This eight figure gift will establish an endowment that permanently will fund at the same level of scholarships for as long as the University lasts.