Dean Randy Hitz hosted the Graduate School of Education’s (GSE) annual Dean’s Reception on May 13, honoring supporters of GSE scholarships and programs, as well as scholarship recipients. This year’s event was held in the beautiful Lincoln Hall Glass Tower—a brand-new venue in PSU’s oldest building.
Four GSE scholarship recipients spoke at the event about how scholarships are impacting their lives and future careers. Thank you to the following students for sharing their time and stories at the event:
2014–15 recipient of the Renaissance Foundation GSE Scholarship
Huidian is in the first year of the Graduate Teacher Education Program and plans to complete the program in 2016 in order to pursue a career teaching high school math and Chinese.
2015–16 recipient of the Pivotal Scholars Fund
Lindsay is entering the Graduate Teacher Education Program this summer and plans to complete the program in two years in order to pursue a career teaching high school math.
2015–16 recipient of the Graduate School of Education Scholarship and the Art Terry Scholarship
Dana is a candidate for the Counselor Education Program in the clinical mental health track. She is also receiving her graduate certificate in addictions counseling. After graduation she will be working toward her licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She plans to work as a bilingual mental health therapist at the alternative high school where she is currently employed.
2015–16 recipient of the Renaissance Foundation GSE Scholarship
Jayme is entering the Graduate Teacher Education Program this summer and comes to Portland State University through the Portland Teachers Program. He plans to complete his teacher preparation program in one year in order to pursue a career in middle school language arts and social studies and, eventually, high school English.
Brad Zenger, founder of Ecoworks Foundation, spoke at the event about why Ecoworks is a proud supporter of the Pivotal Scholars Fund for Math/Science Teacher Education. He encouraged others to support the Pivotal Scholars Fund match.
For the 2015–16 academic year, the GSE awarded $183,250 in private, philanthropic scholarships. This year’s scholarship recipients will be announced this summer.
Scholarships are very important to GSE students, and the numbers make this clear:
- The average cost for a licensure and master’s degree in an education or counseling program in the GSE is approximately $28,000
- Average PSU graduate student loan debt is $36,000
- An average starting teacher salary is approximately $45,000
- The GSE has approximately 1,000 students, and 54 scholarships were awarded in 2015, with an average award of about $3,339
- Thanks to philanthropic supporters, the number of scholarships awarded in the GSE is increasing every year, and the average award has doubled since 2012
Momentum is building, and scholarship support is increasing, but given program costs, and with over 1,000 GSE students, our current scholarship program still does not come close to meeting our students’ needs. We will continue to prioritize scholarship fund-raising in the GSE, and thank all of our generous supporters who are helping GSE students on their paths to becoming educators and counselors.
If you are interested in discussing options for establishing or supporting a GSE scholarship, please contact Jaymee Jacoby, GSE director of development, 503-725-4789, or make a gift to support scholarships here.
To view a complete photo gallery from the GSE Dean’s Reception on May 13, or to purchase images, visit Andie Petkus Photography.