May 17, 2006
The family of Sioux City residents James and Joyce McMartin has established a new scholarship for students seeking a degree in secondary education at Morningside College. James McMartin is a 1949 graduate of Morningside and a retired industrial arts teacher from the Sioux City Community School District.
“Morningside alumni are known not only for their generosity but also for their civic responsibility. This new scholarship helps Morningside students while addressing the current shortage of secondary teachers in the state of Iowa,” said Morningside President John Reynders. “On behalf of the college community, I want to sincerely thank the family of James and Joyce McMartin for this important contribution.”
According to the Iowa Department of Education in a memo released to the public on Nov. 17, 2005, Iowa faces teacher shortages on the secondary level in science, music, mathematics, foreign languages, industrial technology, family and consumer science, English as a second language (ESL), talented and gifted, agriculture, and special education.
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be entering their junior year at Morningside and majoring in secondary education. The award is renewable for their senior year.
Elizabeth K. Wright, of Onawa, Iowa, is the first recipient of the James and Joyce McMartin Endowed Scholarship for Secondary Education. Wright, who is majoring in secondary education-biology, will receive the scholarship for the 2006-07 academic year. The scholarship will be awarded each year as part of Morningside’s Celebration of Excellence scholarship program.