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October 26, 2001

Fellowships Available for Future Teachers at UW-RF

Fellowships worth up to $24,000 are available to students who are future teachers, according to teacher education Professor Geoffrey Scheurman, a faculty representative at UW-River Falls for the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation.

The Foundation, a federally endowed program designed to strengthen instruction about the Constitution in the nations schools, will award generous fellowships in 2001 for master's degree-level graduate study of the framing and history of the U.S. Constitution. College seniors and college graduates who intend to become secondary school teachers of American history, American government or social studies are eligible for the fellowships.

Through a nationwide competition, James Madison Fellowships will be awarded to at least one legal resident of each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the other U.S. territories. After completing study under their fellowships, James Madison fellows are required to teach American history, American government or social studies in grades 7-12 for a minimum of one year for each academic year of graduate assistance they receive.

Fellowships carry a maximum stipend of $24,000 for up to two years of full-time study for college graduates to cover the cost of tuition, required fees, books, and room and board. Fellows must enroll in graduate programs leading to masteršs degrees in American history, political science or education offered by any accredited university.

Participation in an accredited four-week summer institute held at Georgetown University on the principles, framing, ratification, and implementation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights is required of all fellows, normally during the summer after the commencement of study. Fellows' attendance at the summer institute is paid for by the Madison Foundation.

Details about the program may be obtained on campus from Scheurman by calling 715/425-3520, or from the James Madison Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, Iowa 52243-4030; telephone 1-800-525-6928; fax 319-337-1204. The Foundationšs Web address is

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