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Teachers College Donation to Fund Scholarships for Urban Teaching

By Catherine Gewertz — June 13, 2006 1 min read

Teachers College, Columbia University, has announced that it will award 50 annual scholarships that will give its graduate students a chance to work in urban schools.

The program, announced June 2, was made possible by a $10 million gift from the estate of Arthur Zenkel. Mr. Zenkel, a real estate investment magnate, was the vice chairman of the college’s board of trustees at the time of his death last summer.

Students must demonstrate financial need and be enrolled in Teachers College’s master’s or doctoral programs to qualify.

Recipients will work about five hours a week in one of the programs the college operates to assist disadvantaged children in New York City schools, providing help such as tutoring students.

Teachers College President Arthur Levine said in a statement that the program would help the college recruit education students committed to serving needy children.

A version of this article appeared in the June 14, 2006 edition of Education Week