Columbia College, Furman Students Receive Educational Technology Scholarships

October 28, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC – October 28, 2009 –  Two college students striving for careers in the classroom are receiving scholarships from the South Carolina Association for Educational Technology

The awards were announced at the recent SC EdTech 2009 conference in Myrtle Beach.  The recipients – Regina Wise from Columbia College and Keri Lyles from Furman University – were recognized for making personal sacrifices to pursue their dreams of becoming educators in the Palmetto State.

Regina Wise is a dean’s list senior majoring in elementary education who plans to graduate next May.  She is an active member of Kappa Delta Epsilon, the educational honor fraternity, serving as evening college representative.  After receiving her degree, Wise hopes to teach in Columbia or in a rural district where she can share her enthusiasm for learning and love of technology with her students. 

In addition to her undergraduate educational responsibilities, Wise is also a wife and the mother of four children ranging in age from 8 years to 19 months.

Furman junior Keri Lyles is from Westminster.  She is an elementary education major who wants to specialize in early childhood instruction.  Lyles hopes to teach in South Carolina following graduation, then work in a third world country where technology might play an important role in helping to educate young learners.

Candidates for the technology association scholarships must be students in good standing in a South Carolina teacher education program, must show financial need and address how they will use technology in their future classrooms.  The association promotes the use of technology to enhance student achievement and is comprised of multiple partners including K-12 education, higher education, state government agencies and telecommunications firms.