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Teaching Fellows Mission Statement

The mission of the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and to help them develop leadership qualities through the collaborative efforts of teacher educators, school district personnel, business leaders, and other education stakeholders.

The mission of the Teaching Fellows Accounts Receivable Department is to provide students with the highest standard of service by maintaining student financial records that are accurate and current.

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Yasmin Kirkwood
Fiscal Analyst
21 Tillman Hall

The Guiding Principles of the Department are:

  • To provide timely, accurate and efficient services to our customers.
  • To provide effective dialogue and communication by being cognizant of our customers concerns.
  • To maintain fiscal responsibilities by performing all duties with the utmost integrity and honesty.
  • To promote a positive work environment by treating all customers with respect.


In 1999, the South Carolina General Assembly, recognizing the shortage of teachers in our state, funded the Teaching Fellows Program for South Carolina. Modeled after the highly successful North Carolina program, this program identifies gifted high school seniors who commit to the teaching profession in South Carolina. Each year, the program awards Fellowships for up to 200 high school seniors (contingent upon funding) who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to the school and community, and a desire to teach South Carolina's children. CERRA is responsible for administering the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program.

Student Fellows receive enrichment programs in Teaching Fellows Institutions, professional development opportunities during summer months, involvement with communities and businesses throughout the state, and $6,000 annual scholarships for four years while they complete a degree leading to teacher certification. The scholarship provides up to $5,700 for tuition and board and up to $300 for summer enrichment programs administered by CERRA. A Fellow agrees to teach in South Carolina one year for every year he/she receives the Fellowship. If a Fellow does not teach in South Carolina for the length of time required, the Fellow must repay $6,000 for each year the Fellow does not teach.


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Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-2286 (fax)
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