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The Indiana Algebra Project
College Scholarship Foundation has embarked on an $8 million scholarship
campaign to financially assist a broad range of students in meeting their
educational needs. Higher education has become a pre-requisite in obtaining a
livable income, and we must do all we can to put this vital foundation within
the reach of those who have the drive, and the commitment to seek it.
The mission of the Indiana Algebra
Project College Scholarship Foundation is to develop a college scholarship fund
for Indiana high school graduates by collecting and raising funds from local,
state, and national contributors for tuition, room/board, and books. Students
must be seeking a degree in Math, Science, or Technology Education; attend an
approved Indiana state-funded college; and commit to teaching in the State of
Indiana for five years after graduation.
The National Governor's
Association Initiative, "Innovation America," has identified specific skills
that a new workforce will need to drive our nation's innovation and economy.
Our graduates must be adept problem solvers, innovators, and inventors who are
self-reliant. They must be able to think logically and work both independent
and collaboratively. They must possess the confidence and understanding to know
when and how to appropriately use the tools and technology that enhance success
in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The key to
developing these skills is strengthening STEM competencies in every K-12
So, how do we do that? By educating
and hiring highly qualified math, science, and technology teachers to teach our
students and prepare them for the future. The reality is that two-thirds of the
nation's K-12 teachers are expected to retire or leave the profession over the
coming decade, and it is estimated that the nation's schools will need to hire
more than 2 million teachers during that period, including over 200,000 middle
and high school mathematics and science teachers (National Commission on
Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century).
Why do we need great math
and science educators? Because, 66% of eighth graders in the United States are not
proficient in math; 87% of African Americans are not proficient, and the
list of non-proficiency goes on… 80% of Hispanics; 57% of Whites; and in the
State of Indiana, a total of 66% of eighth graders are not proficient in
math. Furthermore, Indiana ranks 36th in Education in the United States, and
one of the reasons for this low ranking is non-proficiency in math.
According to the U.S. Department
of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), only 45% of
high school graduates in the U.S. were ready for college level math, and only
30% were ready for postsecondary science. In fact, the majority of the students
we are educating are not ready for college and careers, and likely will not be
competitive in a global economy.
Scholarships attract the best students, enable those who seriously apply themselves to their studies to remain in school, recognize academic achievement, and promote diversity among the student body. In fact, according to the October Time Magazine article, 29% of students cover college costs with grants and scholarships. All of these efforts will enrich Indiana college campuses, and ensure a higher-quality education for our students. Furthermore, scholarships make education attainable for those who need financial assistance, and they enable students to focus on schoolwork and learning, rather than on just trying to survive.
For more information:
Visit our web site at indianapolisalgebraproject.org;
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/algebraproject;
Follow us on Twitter @APScholarship