Dennis Grewer K-8 Student Teacher Endowed Scholarship
About the Sponsor
Dennis M. Grewer once stood in front of a classroom looking out on a sea of young faces, watching as their eyes searched his expectantly for answers. Grewer, who dedicated his career to the education of children, is now helping student teachers survive those first stressful, difficult months in the classroom.
“It was a long time ago,” remembers Grewer. “But yes, I was there, and now giving back to the profession, giving to those who need financial assistance, is very important, and we can do that by promoting quality education for kids.”
The Dennis Grewer Endowment for K-8 Student Teacher Scholarships was established to support quality education for students in kindergarten through eighth grade by providing financial assistance to deserving student teachers during a crucial and demanding period of their professional development. “I want to support beginning teachers at this very grueling time,” Grewer says.
An alumnus of Sacramento State, Grewer started out as an elementary school teacher, became a school principal and an assistant superintendent before retiring in November 2003 as superintendent of the River Delta Unified School District.
“There’s an ancient Chinese saying that I think about. It says, give a man a fish and you feed him for one day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. I believe that. I hope this financial support will benefit student teachers, especially single parents who are trying to get into the profession.”
Grewer created the endowment as a way to give back to his college and to the teaching profession for years to come. He hopes to make a difference in the lives of others who stand at attention in front of the class hoping to make the grade.
- Minimum 3.0 overall GPA
- Limited to students accepted or enrolled in the multiple subject credential program
- Financial need may be considered but is not required
- May be enrolled full or part time
- Must be enrolled at time of award
- Preference for single parents
- Submit a personal statement (typed, two-pages, double- spaced) to include: a. Reasons for pursuing teaching b. Methods of financing your education and how you would use scholarship funds c. Future career objectives.
- Submit a list of experiences related to working with children or youth beginning with the most recent. List dates, settings, student populations (age/grade level and diversity level), responsibilities, and supervision.
- Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters must be on letterhead and no older than one year from date of scholarship application submission, and should be relevant to your educational endeavors (please scan letters together in one document, as the program only allows you to download one document).