Lois Kohn-Claar,C’88, GED’88, and Gary Claar, W’88, agree that the Graduate School of Education (GSE) produces educators of the highest caliber who are dedicated to improving student achievement. A GSE alumna and Overseer, Lois is keenly aware that to build on this mission, GSE cannot miss out on talented applicants due to their financial circumstances.
Thanks to the Kohn-Claar Family Endowed Scholarship―and a matching gift from the Abramson/Weiss Scholarship Challenge―Lois and Gary are strengthening GSE’s ability to shape leaders in education for years to come.
“I think we all realize how important education is to our country’s future,” Lois declares. “Financial aid is indispensable to keeping our University the first-class and diverse institution that it is. It is a win-win situation to enroll the most qualified candidates, who will go on to represent Penn and GSE in the greater world."
“If our scholarship helps create just one more great educator, then we have made a mark.”
Real-world field experience is a critical component of the GSE teacher education curriculum. Partnerships with various schools in West Philadelphia instill GSE students with an understanding of the challenges of urban education, something Lois credits as one of the most important learning experiences of her time at Penn.
“I certainly view my GSE training as the pinnacle of my Penn education,” Lois says. “As a junior, I was given the opportunity to sub-matriculate into the Graduate School of Education and, for a twenty-year-old, the practical training I got student teaching in Philadelphia was remarkable.”
“If our scholarship helps create just one more great educator,” said Lois, “then we have made a mark.”
Find out more about the Kohn-Claar Family Endowed Scholarship here. For more on GSE, click here.