Education News: Prospective teacher grants awarded to 5 local students

Five Yavapai County students pursuing education degrees will each receive $500 prospective teacher grants from the Yavapai County Education Foundation.

The students represent three communities within the county. Those from Prescott are Natalie Amadio, secondary education social studies major in her senior year at Prescott College, and Gina Crow and Sarah Vidas, both juniors majoring in elementary education at Northern Arizona University. Prescott Valley resident Sheila Gangi is a senior early childhood education major enrolled at Prescott College. Lisa Fuller of Cottonwood is an elementary education major attending Yavapai College.

The scholarships are possible because of "generous contributions from persons and organizations from throughout the county and the state," said Tim Wiederaenders, YCEF president.

YCEF is a nonprofit philanthropic organization. Since its founding in 1994, YCEF has awarded thousands of non-taxpayer dollars to future teachers and to working educators and schools to support education efforts.

In addition, the YCEF sponsors the annual Teacher of the Year awards banquet, at which exceptional teachers from throughout Yavapai County are recognized. The 2013 banquet is scheduled for May 10 at the Prescott Resort.