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Sorosis Club Establishes WCE Scholarship to Honor Teresa S. Lee

Saturday, November 08, 2014

First Teresa S. Lee Scholarship is Awarded to Jennifer Lohsen

The Night Department of North Carolina Sorosis Women’s Club has created a named scholarship fund at the Watson College of Education. The scholarship is given in honor of Teresa S. Lee, founder and first chairman of the club, which is the oldest federated women’s club in North Carolina. Lee is also former president of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs – North Carolina.

Lee received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from East Carolina University, and was a teacher for 20 years. She has a long history of participation in fundraising and volunteer efforts in support of education, disaster relief and humanitarian causes at the local, state, national and international level. The efforts include aiding victims of Hurricane Katrina with home repair and rebuilding, assisting flood victims in Iowa and assembling thousands of meals for shipment to Africa. Lee has also been an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where she has received special mission recognition and served in leadership positions including chairman of Church Council and youth coordinator.

The Teresa S. Lee Scholarship in Education is a merit award for students pursuing an undergraduate degree at the Watson College. A recipient will be selected annually based on demonstrated academic ability and special achievement. Preference will be given to students involved in service to the community or the profession. The scholarship will be awarded to students in the internship semester.

First Teresa S. Lee Scholarship is Awarded

Please join us in congratulating Jennifer Lohsen, recipient of the first Teresa S. Lee Scholarship in Education at UNCW. Lohsen is a senior in the Elementary Education program at the Watson College. The award was announced at the Sorosis Night Club’s annual awards celebration on Nov. 17.

In his remarks, Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum described Lohsen as “a prospective teacher who understands the critical need to know your students.  Her many hours of service to the Cape Fear Children’s Museum has undoubtedly contributed to this outlook and has helped her to create a strong foundation of experiences with children on which to build.  As a faculty colleague has put it, Jennifer is ‘passionate about teaching and learning and is very motivated to be the best teacher she can be, and in the future, the best instructional leader’.” 

Lohsen’s goal as a teacher is for her students to feel like they’re home in her classroom all the while accomplishing great academic growth, Teitelbaum said.

“No doubt the support provided by the 2014 Teresa S. Lee Scholarship will assist Jennifer in successfully completing her internship during the spring 2015 semester,” he said.