Magazine article Montessori Life

The AMS Teacher Education Scholarship Fund and the Living Legacy: AMS Traditions

Magazine article Montessori Life

The AMS Teacher Education Scholarship Fund and the Living Legacy: AMS Traditions

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The AMS Teacher Education Scholarship Fund

During the 1988-1989 school year, Dottie Sweet Feldman, wishing to provide financial assistance to persons interested in becoming Montessori teachers and searching for an appropriate way to honor the memory of her late father, suggested the creation of the AMS Scholarship Fund. Under the leadership of national director Bretta Weiss Wolff and AMS president Carole Wolfe Korngold, the AMS Scholarship Fund was approved, giving life to Feldman's dream. Later, to avoid confusion with scholarships for children, the fund was renamed the AMS Teacher Education Scholarship Fund with the stated mission of assisting "aspiring Montessori teachers accepted into American Montessori Society teacher education programs." Over the years, the fund has disbursed $240,000 to more than 150 Montessori teachers-to-be.

The Living Legacy

In a casual, brainstorming conversation, Susie Shelton Dodge, a past president of AMS, suggested that the Scholarship Committee, with the approval of the board of directors, create an American Montessori Society Living Legacy to recognize individuals whose exemplary achievements have had significant impact within the AMS community. The genius of this idea lay in its service of two noteworthy goals: to honor and thank in a very public way Montessorians who have made outstanding contributions to the education of children and to the Society, and to provide a focus for raising sufficient funds to support teacher education scholarships. …

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