Teachers understand how education can change lives. Thanks to Craig Divis, who teaches at Bellows Falls Union High School, one promising local student, senior Kayla Coburn from Bellows Falls Union High School in Bellows Falls, now has the opportunity to take her education to new heights - through a full-tuition undergraduate scholarship at University of Phoenix.
Craig Divis is one of more than 50 educators recognized by the Council of Chief State School Officers as a local Teacher of the Year. Each year since 1952, students, teachers and administrators nominate their favorite educators for this award, which is considered the oldest and most prestigious national program recognizing excellence in teaching.
"We applaud the commitment to student success that every Teacher of the Year demonstrates," said William Pepicello, Ph.D., President of University of Phoenix. "Our Teaching It Forward scholarship program was developed to give these local champions of education an opportunity to put a student of their choice on track to earning their college degree."
University of Phoenix is a leading provider of higher education for P-12 teachers, supporting their learning lifecycle-from initial, teacher-preparation degree programs, to advanced degrees and continuing education for experienced educators. The University further demonstrates its advocacy for educators through this scholarship program. Each Teacher of the Year can "teach forward" their award by nominating a deserving high school senior for the opportunity to continue their own education.
Divis teaches high school History at Bellows Falls Union High School.
"Kayla deserves the Teaching It Forward scholarship because of her academic promise, her interest in continuing her education, and her career, personal, and life goals that she clearly sees a college degree an essential part of," said Divis.
"She deserves this scholarship and will thrive with this amazing opportunity."
Kayla said in one of her application essays that she "was not even thinking about continuing with any sort of college education" before she heard about this opportunity, and she emphasized the fact that a college degree would change her life.
"This scholarship could open new doors that I can benefit from for the rest of my life," she wrote. She also spoke passionately about this degree providing her the ability "to create a fulfilling life for myself."