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Idaho Fine Arts Academy Teacher is Awarded James Madison Memorial Fellowship
April 25, 2017 – Idaho Fine Arts Academy social studies teacher Brendan Earle has been awarded the prestigious James Madison Memorial Fellowship. James Madison Fellowships support the graduate study of American history by aspiring and experienced secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies.
Named in honor of the fourth president of the United States and acknowledged "Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights," a James Madison Fellowship funds up to $24,000 of each Fellow’s course of study towards a master’s degree. That program must include a concentration of courses on the history and principles of the United States Constitution and a one-month training at Georgetown University with other fellows during the summer of 2018.
Earle will undertake a Master of Arts in Humanities with a concentration in U.S. History through the Gilder-Lehrman Institute and Adams State College, Colorado. This program will allow him to take courses remotely from top professors from around the country while still focusing on teaching during the day. Earle currently teaches 7th-grade world civilization, geography, global perspectives, honors U.S. history 10, capstone experience, dual-enrollment U.S. history 11 with Boise State University, economics, and dual-credit government with Boise State University.
The 53 James Madison Fellows are selected in competition with applicants from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the nation’s island and trust territories. The fellowships are funded by income from a trust fund in the Treasury of the United States and from additional private gifts, corporate contributions, and foundation grants. Recipients are required to teach American history or social studies in a secondary school for at least one year for each year of fellowship support. The award is intended to recognize promising and distinguished teachers, to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government, and thus to expose the nation’s secondary school students to accurate knowledge of the nation’s constitutional heritage.
Founded by an Act of Congress in 1986, the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation is an independent agency of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Additional information may be found at www.jamesmadison.gov.