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Monday, August 14, 2017 - 5:15pm

Mercy College has been awarded a major grant of 1.16 million dollars from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Teacher Scholarship Program. The grant is for a project to advance mathematics education, with a particular emphasis on United States military veterans retraining for new careers as secondary mathematics teachers.

The funding from the NSF is earmarked for ten veterans to complete a master of science degree in mathematics education. The tuition is free.

Dr. William Farber, a U.S. Navy veteran, is the project director of the Mathematics Education Intensive Residency Program,” better known as “Veterans to Math Teachers” at Mercy College.

The program has been met with much enthusiasm in neighboring communities. As a result of Farber's latest outreach, Town of Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner and Town Clerk Judith Beville are providing 20-25 Greenburgh student interns to assist with recruiting efforts.

“Presently five candidates are participating in Cohort One of the program”, said Professor Rocco Grassi, project manager for the program.

The challenge is to recruit ten qualified veteran students by the end of May, 2018, when Cohort Two students will begin orientation and classes.

Interested veterans can email or call (914) 674-7675.