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Kirk Skoglund, Christine Benson

Northwest student Kirk Skoglund accepts a $5,000 check from his academic advisor Dr. Christine Benson. Skoglund was one of 35 college students across the nation to receive the scholarship, which is awarded to students preparing to teach science, technology, engineering or math. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)

Sept. 7, 2010

Northwest student awarded STEM teacher scholarship

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University student Kirk Skoglund is one of 35 college students selected nationally to receive a $5,000 scholarship from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Educational Foundation.

Skoglund's academic advisor, Dr. Christine Benson, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, recommended him for the scholarship. In addition to his great potential as a teacher, Benson noted Skoglund is an exceptional student.

"It's a huge honor," she said. "All the faculty speak very high of him and he shows great potential for teaching. He works well with students and having a love for helping students at whatever level they're at is obviously a big part of teaching."

Skoglund is a junior math education major from Barnard. After graduating from Northwest, he hopes to teach high school math. Skoglund said his high school math instructor inspired him to become an educator.

Skoglund has received three scholarships from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Northwest, including recognition as the department's Outstanding Freshman. He also is president of the Mathematical Association of American student chapter and a peer advisor.

He has been a math tutor in Northwest's Talent Development Center, where he works with individuals and small groups teaching General Statistics I, Calculus I and II, College Algebra, and Math Skills I and II. He was certified by the TDC's College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) as a Master Tutor.

This fall, as a study group leader for Math Skills I, Skoglund is working with 20 college students who are weak in mathematics and not yet ready for college level mathematics.

The scholarship is awarded to U.S. citizens attending an accredited college or university and majoring in education for the purpose of teaching science, technology, engineering or math in a United States middle or secondary school. Additionally, the nominees must be enrolled full-time and hold a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

For more information about the scholarship, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468