News & Bulletins

August 2016

SECU Appalachian Partnership Scholarship first class of recipients begins teaching this fall

BOONE – As the new school year begins, there will be many new teachers in the classroom. Twenty-nine of those new teachers were part of the first graduating class for the State Employees’ Credit Union Appalachian Partnership Scholarship at Appalachian State University.

Through a generous grant from the State Employees’ Credit Union, students enrolled in Appalachian’s elementary education, middle grades education or special education degree programs are eligible for the scholarship that will cover most of the tuition during their program.

“This scholarship allowed me to pay for student teaching and finish the rest of my undergraduate degree,” said Emily Jones, an elementary education graduate.

The SECU Appalachian Partnership Scholarship is designed to assist students who are completing their bachelor’s degree at one of Appalachian’s Distance Education off-campus sites in Burke, Caldwell, Catawba and Wilkes counties. This assistance comes in the form of both financial assistance – the scholarship – and programming assistance, such as career development workshops. The ultimate goal of the scholarship and program is to produce highly prepared teachers to teach in their home counties.

Special education graduate Misty Barrett said, “It was not an easy decision to go back to school with a family and sacrifices were made on each member’s account. As I begin my career as a teacher, all the sacrifice will have paid off.”

The new graduates have secured teaching positions in the following school systems: Caldwell County, McDowell County, Lincoln County, Rutherford County, Forsyth County, Newton-Conover, Gaston County and Hickory City Schools.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, 81 students received a SECU Appalachian Partnership Scholarship for a total of $109,700.

For more information on applying to one of the Distance Education programs, email For more information on the SECU Appalachian Partnership Scholarship, contact Rebekah Saylors,, or click here to learn more. 

-Rebekah Saylors, Reich College of Education