With no Adventist College/University within the Atlantic Union Conference, the ability of the Southern New England Conference (SNEC) to encourage education majors to work in SNEC elementary and secondary schools is limited. Thus SNEC has established financial sponsorship for a limited number of declared education students. This sponsorship is done in exchange for the promise that education major graduates would give SNEC two years of teaching service in one of their schools.
This sponsorship would be in addition to the SNEC College Scholarship, which is available to all full-time SNEC college students.
• The student must be a declared education major in the bachelor’s program and be enrolled in an accredited Seventh-day Adventist college or university in the North American Division or Antillean Adventist University.
• The student or parent must be a member of SNEC.
• The student and/or parent must reside in SNEC.
• The student must be a full-time student as defined by the institution they are enrolled.
• The Education Major Sponsorship will be available to four students; two juniors and two seniors. Students must apply for this sponsorship prior to entering their junior year. SNEC will have no more than four sponsored students at any given time.
• The sponsorship would be $2,000 per semester/$1,333 per quarter toward the student’s tuition paid directly to the college/university. This financial sponsorship will last for no more than four semesters or six quarters.
• This sponsorship will require an application and interview process. Applicants will have to provide their transcript and references. The SNEC Education department will be responsible for establishing objective criteria and executing this process.
• A sponsored student demonstrating poor academic performance and/or poor character could be dropped from the sponsorship program. If a student is dropped from this program, or they themselves leave the program, the SNEC Education department will fill the open spot through applications that were not approved.
• Upon graduation the sponsored student agrees to work as a teacher in the Southern New England Conference for two school years.
• Upon graduation, SNEC cannot guarantee employment. There are too many variables to be able to guarantee employment. Availability of teaching spots, budgets, and local church school board preferences all limit SNEC’s ability to guarantee employment. And if employed for one year, the same variables could affect SNEC’s ability to provide a contract for a second year.
• If SNEC is unable to provide employment for a sponsored graduate, the graduate does not owe SNEC anything. The graduate owes SNEC neither time in service nor the returning of sponsorship tuition money.
—Source: Southern New England Conference president’s Facebook page