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Rock/Walworth counties Annual Report 2011-2012

Janesville Scores Win-Win with Multicultural Scholarship Program

A unique scholarship program designed to yield a more diverse faculty for the School District of Janesville has produced its first graduate and its first hire. In the spring of 2012, Daniel Jackson, a recent graduate of Concordia College in Mequon, became the first School District of Janesville employee produced by the Janesville Multicultural Teacher Opportunities Scholarship Fund (JMTOS).

“I have waited a long time for this day,” said School District of Janesville Superintendent Karen Schulte. “Years before the Multicultural Scholarship began, the School District of Janesville searched for ways to bring diverse employees into the district, but we could never figure out how to successfully do this.”

Each qualified participant receives a college scholarship of up to $5,000 per year, renewable for up to five years. In return the students agree to obtain a degree in education and K-12 Wisconsin state teacher certification. They also agree to apply for a job with the School District of Janesville upon graduation.

Daniel Jackson

To qualify for the program, students must identify as African American, Latino, Asian, or Native American on school registration forms. To remain in the program, students must be full time and earn a minimum grade point average of

2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

The four-year old JMTOS program was founded by former school board commissioner and current State Sen. Tim Cullen. “Nobody is more excited than I

The JMTOS program encourages diversity in district employment by offering Janesville students of color a financial incentive for returning to Janesville to teach.


In Rock and Walworth counties, your Community Foundation donor services representative is Jane Maldonis. Please contact Jane if you are interested in creating a fund, donating to an existing fund or have any questions about Community Foundation grant activities. She can be reached in Janesville at 608-758-0883 or 1-800-995-2379 or via e-mail at

am,” said Cullen, in reference to Jackson’s hire. (continued on page 4)

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