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Why We Give to Education Students

Many scholarships have been made possible through the generosity of private donors, who include KU School of Education alumni and their families, current and retired faculty and staff and other friends of the KU School of Education. These scholarship funds are managed by the KU Endowment Association on behalf of these private donors. Other KU School of Education scholarships are funded by the tuition differential fees paid by students enrolled in KU School of Education classes.

Featured Giving Story

In 2011, KU alum Mollie Mitchell and her husband John had an idea. As a graduate of the KU School of Education, and as a former elementary school teacher, Mitchell empathized with how hard it was for school teachers to attend a KU men’s basketball game. She felt that teachers rarely, if ever, have the resources to attend a game. Working with representatives from KU Endowment, Mitchell established the Ticket for Teachers Award. The program provides two KU men’s home basketball game tickets to a public school teacher who serves as a clinical supervisor for the KU School of Education Teacher Education Program.

Each year, candidates are nominated by a KU student who is being supervised by the nominee or by KU staff and faculty in the KU School of Education Teacher Education Program. The nominators include testimonials of how the candidate has provided an excellent clinical experience for students as well as examples of the candidate’s enthusiasm and support for KU. The service KU’s clinical supervisors provide is instrumental in preparing future educators to succeed in the classroom as they educate the next generation of students.

“This was just such a fun and thoughtful way to honor the teachers who so willingly welcome our teacher ed[ucation] students into their classrooms!” said Dr. Sally Roberts, Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Undergraduate Programs. So far, the fund has helped send 40 teachers to a game and Mitchell intends to grow the program so more teachers have the opportunity to cheer on the Jayhawks. “I am excited to honor deserving teachers with the opportunity to experience a KU basketball game. Each year I receive heartwarming letters of thanks. I hope others will join me to continue the fund and watch it grow,” she said.

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