Wissahickon senior receives full ride from Gwynedd Mercy to teach after graduation

Cinai Lazarus, a Wissahickon high school senior, was recently featured by CBS News Philadelphia for her full scholarship awarded by Gwynedd Mercy University.

“I’m really happy I received it,” Lazarus said. “Because I think it is the opportunity of a lifetime. My guidance counselor knew that I was interested in becoming a teacher. And, she thought I would be a great fit.”

Gwynedd Mercy University works with the Wissahickon School District to find students who want to come back and work for the district. Wissahickon School District officials say they are also committed to diversifying its teaching staff, so students from an under-represented groups are given preference for the scholarships. Once those students graduate from the university, they must teach for the district for a minimum of four years.

According to an analysis from Penn State University, 7.7% of teachers in Pennsylvania left the profession last school year, a record.

For the full story, you can click here. For CBS’ video coverage, you can watch below:

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