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2 local teachers receive grant for tuition, travel

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Two local teachers are getting scholarships valued at $50,000 to get master’s degrees and study abroad through a new state program.

The University of Indianapolis and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation selected Allison Chance, a special education teacher at Center Grove schools, and David Harker, a language arts teacher at Greenwood Middle School.

The two will be fellows in a master’s in business and education program at the University of Indianapolis. Administrators at their school districts nominated them for the fellowships. The new graduate program, starting this year at the University of Indianapolis and the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Wisconsin, is funded by the Kern Family Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation.

Chance and Harker are among 15 Indiana teachers who want to be school principals and were selected for 13 to 15 months of full-time business and education classes. They were chosen based on their answers to essay questions, national graduate school tests and interviews, John Somers, director of graduate programs in the school education of the University of Indianapolis, said in an email.

Besides school tuition, the scholarship also pays for the teachers to travel internationally to study global business and educational systems.

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