WASHINGTON (June 30, 2014) – Lennex Cowan, a Howard University senior mathematics and Africana studies senior, has been awarded the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship after a competitive selection process.
The fellowship addresses the critical need for educators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines. Fellows are required to make a three-year commitment to teaching in high-need secondary schools.
Cowan will receive a $30,000 stipend to cover living expenses at the University of Cincinnati, where he will pursue a master’s degree in education. He also received a scholarship directly from the university.
A native of Lima, Ohio, Cowan said he plans to teach high school math in Ohio while in graduate school. He said he aspires to hold senior leadership roles in education and eventually become a university president.
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation administers the teaching fellowship, now in its sixth year. The fellowship also provides on-going mentoring, extensive teaching preparation and professional development opportunities.
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.