Duquesne University Offering Free Master’s Degree to Holy Family Institute Fellows

Beginning this fall, Duquesne University is offering a tuition-free master's degree in either secondary or special education to participants in a new fellowship program launched by the Holy Family Institute (HFI) that provides aspiring educators the opportunity to work with underserved communities.

The new Teaching Fellows Program, which is a collaboration between the Duquesne University School of Education and HFI, is a component of the Holy Family Service Corps. Participants will spend two years at HFI's Specialized Learning School in Ross Township or at Nazareth College and Career Prep high school, an affiliated ministry of HFI. Individuals of all faith backgrounds aged 21 and older who are interested in gaining innovative, service-oriented teaching experience are invited to apply to the program by Monday, Aug. 20.

"The Teaching Fellows Program at Holy Family Institute is a great opportunity that fits perfectly with our University's mission to serve others and commitment to community engagement," Dr. Cindy Walker, professor and dean of the School of Education at Duquesne University, said. "We are working together to find and train future teachers who want to make a difference in traditionally marginalized communities."

HFI's Specialized Learning School is a licensed, private academic school that helps K-12 students overcome academic and behavioral challenges so that they can successfully return to their home school district. Nazareth Prep is an independent Catholic high school that uses a rigorous, personalized curriculum and a unique internship program to bridge the education-to-employment skills gap for students predominantly from traditionally underserved populations.

"This program is rooted in the Catholic social justice tradition, and we strive to provide participants with opportunities for personal, professional and spiritual growth," Sister Linda Yankoski, chief executive officer of Holy Family Institute, said. "Our motto is 'restoring hope, transforming lives;' and that mission of transformation applies not only to those who receive service but also to those who provide it."

Teaching fellows will live in community with other service corps members in a dedicated house on HFI's Pittsburgh campus. Board and a stipend are included. Applicants for all programs must be at least 21 years of age and meet other qualifications. For more information, visit www.hfi-pgh.org/servicecorps or contact Lynn Guerra at 412-766-9020, ext. 1304 or Guerra.lynn@hfi-pgh.org.

Holy Family Institute
Holy Family Institute's mission to empower children and families to lead responsible lives and develop healthy and meaningful relationships built on faith, hope, and love, drives the organization to help everyone who comes to its door. Founded in 1900 as an orphanage for children, Holy Family has evolved as a devoted social services provider for the Pittsburgh region, helping individuals and families receive services or access resources that will assist them in meeting immediate and long-term needs for a better, sustainable future. More than 20 programs include mental health, behavioral health, early intervention, specialized learning, community-based family support services, substance abuse and addiction counseling, safe child visits, and energy assistance, as well as other services. The Institute serves individuals and families in homes, schools, and nine neighborhood centers in Allegheny, Indiana, Beaver, Armstrong, and Butler counties. Visit www.hfi-pgh.org for more information.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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