Minneapolis—February 14, 2011— The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, in partnership with the National Education Association (NEA) Academy, has created $100,000 in scholarship opportunities for NEA members who are making a positive impact on public school education as leaders within their schools or communities. This scholarship was created to recognize the importance of leadership and social change in the public school system.

“We know that better teachers make a significant difference in our nation’s public schools,” said Dr. Kate Steffens, dean of Walden’s Riley College of Education and Leadership. “Walden is proud to offer NEA members scholarships toward two of our online master’s degree programs that can help provide them with strategies to be more effective in the classroom and to enhance their students’ learning and success.”

The NEA Excellence in Public School Education Scholarship Program will award 40 annual scholarships of $2,500 each to individuals who have provided leadership in public school education within the NEA or an NEA-affiliated SIG-funded school. To qualify, an applicant must be an NEA member and a current student in Walden’s MS in Education or MS in Instructional Design and Technology program or planning to enroll in either of these programs for the May or June 2011 start date. Applicants must also submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words and a letter of recommendation by March 4, 2011, to NEAscholarship@waldenu.edu.

“NEA members around the country are working tirelessly to improve schools across the country. We hope these scholarships to The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University provide them with encouragement to advance their education and increase their effectiveness as leaders in public education,” said Mark Stevens, Chief Business Development Officer, NEA Member Benefits.

To find out more about Walden’s NEA scholarships, including detailed application requirements, contact an NEA advisor at 1-800-893-0396 or visit www.WaldenU.edu/NEA.

The Riley College of Education and Leadership was selected by the NEA Academy to provide increased access to master’s degree programs and professional development opportunities for NEA’s educators and administrators nationwide. Walden’s 40-year history of educating educators has created a community of more than 47,000 students and alumni who are leaders in their classrooms and schools.

NEA members can learn more about Walden’s programs, scholarship and tuition benefits at www.neaacademy.org. For more information about Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, visit www.WaldenU.edu/education.

About Walden University
For 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 53,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 50 online and campus-based universities in 24 countries.

Walden offers more than 50 degree programs with more than 225 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration, and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org.

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