Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Five South Carolina freshman have been awarded scholarships in conjunction with the new "Call Me Mister" program implemented by Coastal Carolina University's Spadoni College of Education this fall.
"Call Me Mister (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) is a teacher leadership program founded at Clemson University 10 years ago. It aims to train and place more teachers from diverse cultures and backgrounds into schools to serve as role models.
This year, the recipients of the scholarships are: Justin Bradley of Cross, Brantay Cohens of Georgetown, Donald Durham of Rock Hill, Frankie Hall of Columbia and D'Shaune Hemingway of Myrtle Beach.
Scholarship recipients must commit to teaching in South Carolina schools for four years after graduation.
"We have already had inquiries for next year and are involving our Misters into various programs across the campus," Dianne Mark, dean of the Spadoni College of Education said. "I believe they will represent the college and the University in a very positive light."
The students were selected based on high school grades, school and community involvement and an essay oh "Why I Want to Teach" that addresses their motivation for entering the profession and the contributions the students hopes to make as a teacher.
Thirteen other colleges and universities in South Carolina and five other states have "Call Me Mister" programs as well.