UC Riverside Undergraduate Awarded National Teaching Fellowship

CHASS student is awarded $30,000 stipend toward graduate school from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Brenda Angullo, an undergraduate in liberal studies, has been awarded a 2013 Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color (WW-RBF).

Each of the nine 2013 WW-RBF Fellows receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a master’s degree in education. The Fellows prepare to teach in high-need public schools, receiving guidance toward teaching certification and ongoing support throughout a three-year teaching commitment. The Fellowship is intended to help address a national shortage of teachers of color.

Brenda Angullo

Brenda Angullo

“I am very humbled and honored,” Angullo said about the award. “It was an opportunity that I honestly did not believe I would have ever been presented.”

Angullo applied for the fellowship last October. Her academic advisors, including Brenda Aragon, guided her through the application process. When her application was accepted, she flew out to Boston for a series of interviews. About a month later she was notified of her award.

Angullo, who plans to become a first grade bilingual teacher, hopes to use the award to further her career.

“I worked very hard to be at this point in my life,” she said. “Being a Woodrow-Wilson Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellow has already opened so many doors for me and I cannot wait for what lies ahead.”

Angullo will attend UCR’s Graduate School of Education and was recently admitted into the MED Graduate Program in Education for General Education with Teaching Emphasis for the Fall 2013 term. She credits UCR for helping her to win the award.

“UCR helped me out immensely. Firstly, the CHASS academic advisors went beyond their roles as advisors in order to help me out. Also, Estella Acuna from Chicano Students Program helped me obtain a quarterly scholarship to help finance me during my trip to Boston. …The education and experience I have gained at UCR definitely played a major role as well,” said Angullo.

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation has administered the WW-RBF program since 2009; it was established in 1992 by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to recruit, support and retain individuals of color as public education teachers and administrators. Since its inception, the Fellowship has awarded nearly $8 million in grants and financial assistance to more than 400 Fellows.

The Fellows are selected through a competitive national process and must be nominated by one of the program’s 48 nominating institutions and 29 graduate education programs.

“The WW-RBF Fellowship has been a powerful complement to the Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships, which focus on math and science teaching,” said Stephanie J. Hull, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. “We are proud to have helped provide strong new teachers across a wide range of disciplines for the students in high-need schools who most need them.”

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