A 2009 graduate of Salina South High School and a paraprofessional at South Middle School who want to become teachers will receive some assistance from a local foundation to help them reach that goal. The Salina Education Foundation has selected Corey Wheeler and Cindy Carter as the recipients of the LIFT scholarship.
LIFT stands for Loan Initiative for Future Teachers. The program is for exemplary Saline County residents who want to become teachers. It provides up to $5,000 per year while the student works toward an initial teaching certificate. The Salina Education Foundation forgives up to $5,000 of that loan for each year the new teacher is employed by USD 305.
Corey and Cindy were selected from a pool of 11 highly-qualified applicants. Corey is a sophomore majoring in elementary education at Kansas Wesleyan University, and Cindy (who graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Business Administration from Kansas Wesleyan) is working towards teacher certification in business.
Salina Education Foundation Executive Director Pam McIntyre is as excited about Corey and Cindy’s future as they are about the opportunity to become a teacher. McIntyre congratulated both, saying “We are excited that they will join a great group of USD 305 teachers!”
A reception honoring Corey and Cindy and recognizing the 2011-2012 grant recipients will be held at 4:30 on April 12 at the Board of Education Offices, 1511 Gypsum. The public is invited and welcome.