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Call Me MiSTER

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The purpose of Call Me MiSTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role models) at Western Carolina University is to increase the pool of available teachers from diverse backgrounds in the Western Carolina region and across the state of North Carolina.

With racially and ethnically diverse students emerging as the majority population in our public schools, it is vital that our students see teachers that look like them in their public school buildings and classrooms. 


Program Benefits

All MiSTERS will receive:

  • Financial support for tuition and fees



  • A technology package
  • An academic support system
  • A living-learning community cohort model for social and cultural support
  • A mentorship program to support their leadership development and personal growth
  • Professional development and career support
  • Community engagement opportunities including summer internships

MiSTER Responsibilities

Call Me MiSTER® Scholars Must:

  • Major in Elementary, Inclusive, Middle Grades Education, Health/Physical Education, Music, or Art Education
  • Not withdraw from any class without advisement
  • Satisfy all requirements for admission to the teacher education program
  • Reside in the living-learning community for the duration of their undergraduate program
  • Teach one year in an elementary or middle school for each year funds were received from Call Me MiSTER
  • Conduct himself in a manner that exemplifies values of a positive role model
  • Attend all scheduled Call Me MiSTER seminars and activities

How to Become A MiSTER®

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1. Complete the Call Me MiSTER Interest Form.  Once we have received your form, program staff will contact you to talk about the following steps.
2.  Apply for FAFSA 
3. Apply and be accepted to WCU
4. Submit the Call Me MiSTER application through myWCU (In the My Financial Aid Status box, click on the Scholarships tab to locate the CCM application)
5. Selected candidates will be invited for a Call Me MiSTER interview process on WCU's Cullowhee campus

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