Four students from the School of Education have been selected as UNCF Walton K-12 Social Entrepreneurship Fellows to participate in summer internships across the nation.
“We congratulate these four young visionaries who will represent Claflin University in an outstanding manner as UNCF Walton Fellowship recipients,” said Dr. Valerie Harrison, dean of the School of Education. “These students will receive second-to-none leadership development through this transformative fellowship. They will continue a legacy of strong educational advocacy at Claflin University.”
Marquetta Strait, Alexus Tulloch, Stevee Scott and Stephon Bowman will first attend a conference in Washington, D.C., then travel to their respective internship locations.
The Fellowship program is designed to build a pipeline of talented African-American college graduates equipped to enter careers that apply innovative, sustainable models to elementary and secondary education reform.
Bowman, a senior elementary education major from Sumter, will work at Academy Prep School in Washington, D.C. He says this experience will give him a hands-on idea of how charter schools operate and the role they play in reforming education.
The future principal says the fellowship will provide a career coach, professional development and job placement strategies. “Claflin has given me the opportunity to develop into an effective educator and network with the right people,” said Bowman.
Crescent City Charter School in New Orleans will be the destination for Orangeburg native Tulloch. She noted her travel, room and board and food expenses will be paid through the fellowship, which gives participants $4,000 per year. “I hope to gain the leadership skills and knowledge that I need to truly lead others,” said Tulloch, who aspires to be superintendent of her home school district, Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5.
Scott will also be in Washington this summer working in the Teach for America corporate office. She will focus on honing her leadership skills. “I believe this program will be an eye-opening experience that will help me look beyond just the classroom and show me how to educate my future students,” said Scott, who is from Kingstree.
“This fellowship will provide me with wonderful career training,” said Strait, who wants to be a reading specialist or school principal. “I expect this to be supremely beneficial.”