Xcel Energy Grant Supports Future Teachers at UW-River Falls

September 10, 2014—The University of Wisconsin-River Falls College of Education and Professional Studies has received a $3,000 scholarship grant from Xcel Energy. The grant money will be awarded to two teacher education students in the UW-River Falls "We Teach!" program. 

"We Teach!" provides resources and opportunities to students who are pursuing a teaching degree in "high needs" disciplines such as mathematics and science as well as to students from historically underrepresented populations who are pursuing a teaching degree. 

"The scholarship from Xcel Energy has had a positive impact on my educational experience," said Amy Graham, a current UW-River Falls student and past recipient of the award. "It has allowed me to progress towards my goal of becoming an effective and environmentally conscious teacher." 

Xcel Energy's grant is part of the company's corporate giving education focus area, which supports institutions that are increasing the number of students pursuing teaching degrees in STEM disciplines. Xcel Energy is a valued partner of UW-River Falls and has been providing scholarships to the "We Teach!" program and its students for more than five  years. 

For more information, contact Tyler Koepke, WiTEACH advisor and retention and recruitment coordinator in the UWRF College of Education and Professional Studies at 715-425-3708 or email

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