SR Education Group Awards its First Ever $5,000 Teacher Scholarship

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Aaron Valley of Missouri is the first winner of the Graduate Scholarship for Teachers

Aaron Valley, winner of the Graduate Scholarship for Teachers
Even though Aaron is a retired Marine Intelligence Professional, he can’t find a full-time teaching position in his town

SR Education Group’s scholarship committee has just selected the first-ever recipient for the $5,000 Graduate Scholarship for Teachers: Aaron Valley. The committee reviewed many deserving applicants but Aaron stood out from the crowd. He will receive $5,000 to put towards earning his Master’s degree from Missouri Baptist University. There were also five outstanding finalists who will be awarded $100. Another Graduate Scholarship for Teachers will be awarded in the Spring.

Unfortunately, even though Aaron Valley is a retired Marine Intelligence Professional, he can’t find a full-time teaching position in his town. Therefore, he’s decided to go back to school to get his Master's to help improve his chances of full-time employment in his school district. In the meantime, in order to continue to work with students, Aaron started cross country and powerlifting teams at the high school and middle school of his town. The Cross Country and Powerlifting teams don't need personal equipment, making them an easy sell to administrators. Students of his program are winning and placing well in Conference tournaments, giving them a renewed interest in school. Several of Aaron’s athletes were on their way to becoming dropouts before Aaron recruited them to his teams. He is actively making an impact in his community despite his struggles.

When told about his scholarship award, Aaron said, “This scholarship is incredibly important to me! It has been very challenging to find meaningful employment after retiring from the Marine Corps because military education doesn't easily translate into a civilian career. This scholarship is helping me to obtain a Master's Degree in Education so I can continue being a productive and prosperous contributor to our society.”

There were five outstanding finalists who did not win the first Graduate Scholarship for Teachers. To recognize that there are still many teachers in need of our help, SR Education Group decided to award each finalist $100. Each of these teachers have helped to shape the young minds of tomorrow and each shows a commitment to this rather thankless but vitally important career path. One finalist remarked, “Receiving this scholarship would ensure that I can focus more on my students and their success than on my financial situation.” The five finalists for SR Education Group’s Graduate Scholarship for Teachers were: Holly Hinh, LaShunda Faison, Jilane Richardson, Anna Burnley, and Philip Giarrantana.

About SR Education Group’s Scholarships
There is another $5,000 needs-based Graduate Scholarship for Teachers and the winner of that scholarship will be picked on May 30, 2016. SR Education Group is also offering two needs-based $2,500 scholarships for full-time students attending community college. The next deadline for the Community College Scholarships is March 26, 2016. Find out more at

About SR Education Group
Headquartered in Kirkland, WA, SR Education Group was founded in 2004 by CEO Sung Rhee. The company’s mission is to create authoritative online resources for students seeking an online education program that best suits their budget and career aspirations. SR Education Group is passionate about making quality education attainable for everyone and believes that objective information about education, careers, and educational financing should be free and easily accessible. For more information, please visit

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