2016-04-09 / The Rock

Jessica Wheeler awarded Teacher Education Fellows scholarship

By Jalen Carver

Jessica Wheeler Jessica Wheeler Jessica Wheeler, a Person High School (PHS) senior who has a passion for education, recently received the Teacher Education Fellows scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).

The $20,000 scholarship, awarded incrementally over four years, includes early internships, integrated seminars, networking events, community engagement opportunities and leadership development.

In addition, the scholarship allows recipients to participate in a study abroad program and also live in relative proximity in one of the residential colleges.

Wheeler feels that her experience in the Teacher Cadet One, Two, and Three programs at South Elementary School and Helena Elementary School gave her an edge over the other scholarship applicants.

Wheeler is a member of Person High School’s National Honor Society, Student Council and Key Club, and serves as a GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) ambassador.

Serving in the local elementary schools has fueled Wheeler’s passion for elementary education, which is her chosen major, said Wheeler.

When Wheeler visited the University of North Carolina at Greensborocampus for a tour, to complete the Fellows interview, and meet with professors and current Teaching Fellows scholars, she said she knew the University of North Carolina at Greensboro was the school for her.

Wheeler encourages other high school students to apply for as many scholarships as possible.

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