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Pathway to Teaching

Your Pathway to Teaching

The Martha Kirkland West Teaching Scholars:

  • Receive $2500 in addition to academic scholarships awarded by Catawba with the exception of McCorkle Scholarships.
  • Explore early field experiences beginning in the freshman year
  • Experience regional travel opportunities
  • View interesting cultural events
  • Train in the integration of technology in the classroom
  • Participate in leadership seminars and scholarly presentations
  • Observe a variety of teaching environments
  • Receive excellent support and guidance

Examine the Catawba College and Academy for Teaching websites to learn more about the West Scholars program and teaching as a vocation.



Catawba's West Scholars






West Scholars selection criteria includes academic factors such as SAT/ACT scores(minimum of 1100 required on verbal and quantitative sections), high school GPA(minimum 3.4 GPA required), demonstrated leadership and community involvement, and a commitment to teaching.

This program is accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).