Camarillo, Calif., April 5, 2012 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) Scholarship for 2011-2012.

The scholarships are awarded to students who have committed to become math or science teachers and are enrolled in a teaching credential or prerequisite program at CI.  This year, 15 students received a total of $32,000 in MSTI scholarships.

CI congratulates the following student awardees:

Bryn Aquino – Science
David Biblin – Math
Crystal Buckley – Science
Christele Cardenas – Math
Charles Ellis – Science
Allison Fredrick – Math
Danielle Hartley – Math
Rana Kalaj – Math
Roberto Martinez – Math
Jamiee Morrison – Math
Adam Northrup – Science
Kellie Sheehan – Science
Lidia Tawill – Math
Courtney Watkins – Science
Linnea Wentworth – Math

The Math and Science Teacher Initiative at CI is funded by a systemwide effort of the CSU Chancellor's Office to remedy the national shortage of math and science teachers through student recruitment and support.  CI has received funding from the Chancellor's Office since 2006 for its own Math and Science Teacher Initiative.  Over the past six years, more than 60 CI students pursuing their teaching credentials in math and science have received $149,000 through the initiative. The scholarships help ease students’ financial burdens as they go to school and work full-time to complete their student teaching requirements.

“CI is making great strides in preparing quality math and science teachers to address the shortages in our state,” said Dr. Jeanne Grier, Professor of Secondary Education and Director of the Math and Science Teacher Initiative at CI. “By providing support to math and science credential students toward a career path in teaching, we are promoting and forwarding the excellence of our programs into our local K-12 schools and community.”
For more information on CI’s Math and Science Teacher Initiative and scholarship opportunities, contact Dr. Jeanne Grier, Professor of Secondary Education and Director of the Math and Science Teacher Initiative, at 805-437-8987 or

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