Lee Central High School (LCHS) Senior David Botzer has accepted a place in the 2019 cohort of the South Carolina Teaching Fellows program. Botzer will study at Winthrop University as a Fellow, participating in advanced enrichment programs there while also being exposed to supplementary professional development opportunities. Fellows become actively involved with communities and businesses throughout the state.
Botzer is among 200 high school seniors who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to their school and community, and a desire to teach in South Carolina. The honor makes him eligible to receive as much as $24,000 in fellowship funds (up to $6,000 a year for four years) while completing his degree, which will ultimately lead to a teacher licensure. The fellowship offers up to $5,700 for tuition and board and $300 for specific enrichment programs administered by the South Carolina's Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA). In exchange, the fellow agrees to teach in a South Carolina public school one year for every year he/ she receives the Fellowship.
The program was formed and funded in 1999 when the South Carolina General Assembly recognized a shortage of teachers in the state. The aim of the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and assist with enhancing their leadership qualities.