Minot State expanding Aspire Scholars Program to summer, fall semesters

MINOT, N.D. – Due to overwhelming success and continued support from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and the Bush PIPELINE grant, Minot State has announced it is expanding the Aspire Scholars Program to summer and fall semesters.

The Aspire Scholars Program will provide selected juniors and seniors an engaging experience exploring a career in education. Minot State is currently accepting nominations from school administrators or counselors for the summer and fall semesters. Students must be nominated by their respective high schools to be accepted. The electronic nomination form can be found at askmsu.com/aspire.

“The Aspire Scholars program has been well received and we are excited to expand this educational experience so more students can participate,” said Kevin Harmon, vice president of student affairs.

“The level of impact an educator can have on someone is amazing and, frankly, surprising. I can’t wait to be a teacher,” said one of the Spring 2023 cohort students during MSU’s on-campus experience event.

The program components include:

  • Dual credit SPED 110 Introduction to Exceptional Children delivered online with tuition and materials paid! This class is required for all education and communication sciences and disorders majors at MSU.
  • Peer mentors
  • A one-day immersive experience on campus
  • Development of an individualized pathway to a career in education

Minot State designed the Aspire Scholars Program to partner with North Dakota K-12 districts in identifying and training high school students who aspire to be educators. This collaborative effort aims to address shortages in teaching fields in North Dakota.

The partnership with the ND Department of Education and the Bush PIPELINE grant allows for all tuition, fees, and textbooks at no cost to the student.

Minot Sate announced the Aspire Scholars Program in September 2022 and the first-ever group of students are currently enrolled in the Spring 2023 semester in a special education class at MSU.

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Published: 03/27/23   

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