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1. Invest in our Students: Scholarships & Fellowships

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Abby O'Neill, center, with O'Neill Fellows YuenPun "Bonnie” Chow (Elementary Inclusive Education), left , and Kimberly Iwanski (Early Childhood Education-Special Education). (Photo by Susan Cook)

Tonia de Souza Casarin, TC

Tonia de Souza Casarin, TC's First Lemann Fellow

Five Campaign Priorities 
Invest in our Students: Scholarships & Fellowships


TC’s future is about our students. They will contribute to the education, prosperity and well-being of individuals and communities throughout the world. We want to make Teachers College the fi rst choice for the most talented and promising master’s and doctoral students. Our students come to TC because they want to make a diff erence in their fi elds in education, psychology and health. They deserve our support to pursue their passion for public service free from the crushing burden of debt. 

Goal: $110 Million
Key Investments
  • Increase Scholarship & Fellowship support so that the best and the brightest students from around the world will achieve their dream of a TC education.
  • Cultivate additional sources of financial support so that our students can graduate from TC as debt-free as possible.

Too many teachers are strapped by debt from graduate school and the high cost of living in New York city. abby o’neill is determined to improve those conditions to keep the best teachers right here in our backyard.” –President Susan Fuhrman 

That’s why longtime TC Trustee Abby O’Neill made an extraordinary $11 million gift commitment to create the O’Neill Fellows Program. Abby wanted the best-educated teachers to devote their careers to high-need New York City schools without the worry of student debt.

TC welcomed the first class of 12 out of 24 O’Neill Fellows in September. The Fellows are earning dual certification in areas of great need for New York City schools, such as science/inclusive education, elementary education/bilingual and TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages). With the support of the program, these future New York City teachers will graduate from TC with reduced student loan debt. 

With students from 81 countries, TC boasts a global reach that is unparalleled among graduate schools of education.

Now the Lemann Foundation Fellowship program has enhanced the College’s global leadership by naming Tonia de Souza Casarin its first Fellow at TC. The program provides support to students with a deep interest in the overall advancement of Brazil.

Tonia, a master’s student in Adult Learning and Leadership from Rio de Janeiro, hopes to return home aft er graduating from TC to work with teens in Brazil who lack opportunities to pursue higher education.

The Foundation works with schools and local governments to strengthen leadership in public education.

The view of education at TC encompasses not just what happens in schools, but also nutrition, health, sexuality and more. It was important for me to have a broad field.” –Tonia de Souza Casarin, TC’s First Lemann Fellow


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