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Retired Math Teachers Establish Scholarships for Future Educators

Once Jim and Louise Dunaway retired from teaching math in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, the couple knew they wanted to help others get into the profession they love.

Four years ago, they began contacting their alma maters about establishing scholarships for students pursuing careers in math education. The first round of scholarships in the Dunaways’ name were awarded in 2017 to Fresno State (where Jim earned his undergraduate degree), San Jose State (where he earned his teaching credential) and the University of Mount Union (where Louise earned her undergraduate degree).

In the spring of this year, they again donated $4,000 to each college.

The Dunaways hope they can not only provide people with the kind of financial support they received while in school, but also encourage more teachers to specialize in the subject they love: math.

“We hope we will draw some very good people into math teaching and that they will enjoy what they do as much as the two of us have enjoyed our careers in teaching,”
– Jim Dunaway

The Dunaways retired nearly 20 years ago – Jim in 1999 and Louise in 2000. The Cupertino residents soon realized that they would have some money left over in their estate and wanted to use it to give back to their colleges by funding scholarships for students interested in teaching math.

Laura Whitehouse, director of development at the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at Fresno State, has worked with the Dunaways for two years to establish two Fresno State scholarships.

“They said that because they had been math teachers in their career, they would love to do something to help generate more enthusiasm for people who were interested in becoming teachers to become math teachers.”
– Laura Whitehouse

Whitehouse added that the scholarships “would have a long-lasting impact, and what it does is it also generates enthusiasm for other people to follow suit.”

“We feel very blessed, really, and I hope that some other young people will pursue a career in math instruction.”
– Louise Dunaway

If you would like to learn more about giving to Fresno State, visit our website.

If you would like to learn more about Fresno State scholarships, click here.

Written by: Noah Tesfaye, Los Altos Town Crier
Read the full article here.


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