Upon completion of my student teaching, I will graduate on May 9th with a degree in Early Childhood Education and be certified to teach early childhood through sixth grade with additional certification in English as a Second Language as well as Special Education. Currently, I plan to stay at TCU an additional year to earn my Masters in Education (M. Ed.) Curriculum Studies: Language and Literacy.
The Aspiring Educator Grant was such a blessing in helping me with the high cost of earning a degree. Additionally, it is so encouraging to know that there are people supporting me in my decision to become an educator, and it is very humbling to see that members of ASTEF/DKG saw something in me through my application and believed in my dream to become an educator.
Texas Christian University, Class of 2020
B.S. Early Childhood Education
Kim Morris is a paraprofessional in the elementary library at Henrietta Elementary School. She is completing her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Stephen F. Austin State University while working fulltime and raising her family.
Kim was encouraged to apply for the Aspiring Educator award by her supervisor, Iota Omicron member Mandy Story. The money awarded has gone toward her tuition and books for the semester as she works to complete her degree in the spring of 2020.
Kim is excited to be pursuing her lifelong dream to become a teacher. Kim’s mantra and advice for others pursuing their degrees at a nontraditional time in life is from C.S. Lewis- “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”.
Katy Beth Irwin learned about the Aspiring Educator's scholarship from her grandmother, Barbara Carl, who is an active member of the Alpha Pi chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma in Texarkana, Texas.
Irwin said, "I was excited to apply for the scholarship when I heard about the opportunity - and even more excited to learn I was going to be a recipient!
Irwin received the award two years in a row, both in 2015 and again in 2016. "It means so much to me that Delta Kappa Gamma and the ASTEF Foundation wants to support young educators," said Irwin. "The stipend helped me complete my bachelor's degree in Art Education from the University of North Texas last year." Irwin is now employed as an art teacher at Boswell High School in Saginaw, TX.
Katy Beth says, "Thank you, Delta Kappa Gamma, for helping me achieve my goal!"
I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for selecting me as a recipient of the Aspiring Educator Grant. It is such a blessing and encouragement to see people supporting others in their decision to pursue teaching as a profession. I truly appreciate this grant and cannot wait to start taking classes in the fall! Thanks again!!
I am very grateful for receiving the Aspiring Educator Grant. I am committed to giving the best of myself to perform well in my last semester at Texas A&M. This grant will help me achieve my Bachelor degree and earn my Texas teacher certification. I would like to take the time to thank the ASTEF Board of Directors for their consideration
I am fully committed to becoming a dedicated teacher and serving my community, students, and parents. My promise is to guide students in a fruitful learning journey. Further, it is my goal that in the not distant future; I can achieve two master degrees in English Language Arts and Spanish. Lastly, I give my gratitude to ASTEF because it promotes professional and personal growth to women educators in Texas.
Aide K Soto
I have always wanted to be a teacher. I love learning about new things and helping others succeed. I grew up surrounded by wonderful educators who showed me how rewarding and fulfilling the teaching profession is. After being in the classroom myself, I have grown to understand that teaching is even more priceless than the educators around me could say.
One of those educators is my grandmother, Karen Schneider (Zeta Epsilon chapter), who introduced me to the ASTEF Aspiring Educator’s Grant. I have received the grant two years in row (2018-2019), and I am so grateful that the leaders at ASTEF have awarded me with the opportunity. This grant has allowed me to pursue my passion of teaching at Lubbock Christian University and graduate Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. It has given me invaluable experiences with amazing students and teaching teams. It is so meaningful that ASTEF wants support future teachers. Their generosity has further proved that I chose the right profession.
Thank you ASTEF!
For more information about the Aspiring Educator Grant and the application, go to the Forms tab and click. The application and guidelines are at the top on the left hand side. The deadline for submission of application, 2 letters of recommendation, and transcripts is March 1, 2020.