NNU alumnus, Lewis Dean, Jr. (2003) was awarded up to $24,000 toward a master’s degree course of study from the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C.
Dean is a teacher at Middleton High School in Middleton, Idaho and has taught in Middleton for six years. He graduated from NNU with a degree in secondary education and history and currently teaches U.S. and world history.
When asked about this accomplishment Dean stated, “The Fellowship Award is a great opportunity that is given to only one participant out of each of the 50 states, and I am glad to have been chosen.” NNU alumnus Lisa Kinnaman (1998) won this award in a previous year, and it had inspired Dean to pursue the Fellowship Award himself.
Dean was selected for a James Madison Fellowship 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 fellowship—funded by income from a trust fund in the Treasury of the United States and from additional private gifts, corporate contributions, and foundation grants—requires its recipient 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 for the nation’s constitutional heritage.