Edward Waters College has named Senior, Bernard Agurs, the institution’s first Call Me MISTER Scholar. The Call Me MISTER scholarship program is open to African American males majoring in elementary education and pays for the last two years of course work. Recipients of the “Call Me MISTER” scholarship must teach in an inner-city elementary school in the Duval County Public School System for at least five years.
The scholarship program was created to help increase the number of African American males who teach in the elementary-level. According to the Department of Education, African American men only make up two-percent of the 4.8 million educators across the country. Less than one-percent of them teach in elementary schools.
Edward Waters College is hoping to have at least 15 to 20 “Call Me MISTER” scholars every spring and fall semesters. Students interested must be admitted into the institution to qualify for this scholarship. For more information about the program, please contact Ms. Charlotte Clark-Rowe with the Department of Teacher Education and Urban Studies at 904-470-8064 or 904-470-8125.