Cortland's Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.)

There are significant needs for qualified teachers in all of New York state’s high poverty, urban areas. This need is further compounded by the high rate of teacher turnover in urban districts, what some have termed the “revolving door,” due to new teachers' lack of preparation for the challenges of urban schools.

Cortland’s Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Scholarship and Program works to address the need for highly qualified urban teachers by offering scholarships ($4,000) to students who are willing to commit to two years of teaching in an urban area upon graduation.

The goals of the C.U.R.E. Scholarship and Program are to prepare the next generation of teachers with the skills and understanding to be effective urban teachers and to improve the quality of education for New York state children through strong teachers.

Since 1998, more than 200 students have been admitted to this highly competitive scholarship program. Eighty-five percent of C.U.R.E. graduates have taught for at least two years in high-need schools throughout the state. Follow-up interviews and observations of the C.U.R.E. program's graduates document the tremendous positive impact they are making on the children they teach.

Consider the words of Tameka Stephenson, a 2007 C.U.R.E. graduate, who is teaching in a high-poverty school in New York City. Tameka recently remarked during a follow-up visit, “I love what I’m doing, even though it can be stressful at times. It’s the little things, like when they say ‘I love my teacher’ — which a student had mentioned in class that day — that make it so worthwhile. I teach at the school I went to, around the corner from where my grandmother still lives. I still can’t believe it worked out this way.” 

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Contact Us

Anne Burns Thomas
Program Coordinator
Cornish Hall, Room 1222

Jennifer Yu Steiner
Graduate Assistant
Cornish Hall
Room 1222