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DATE: April 6, 2005
$10,000 gift will provide scholarships for UM-Dearborn students who are planning to become early childhood teachers
DEARBORN---Helen Van Tiem knows how important good teachers are for
young children from her years as education coordinator of the Child
Development Center and as a supervisor of student teachers in the
School of Education at the
University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Now Van Tiem and her husband, Judge Thomas A. Van Tiem, have given $10,000
to establish an endowed scholarship for students in early childhood education
"The purpose of the scholarship is to ensure that early childhood
education receives the emphasis it should have in academia and the community
at large," Van Tiem said. "It is our hope that this scholarship
will promote the essential learning environment for young children."
The Van Tiem scholarship will provide a minimum of $500 per year to support
a UM-Dearborn student majoring in early childhood education, with selection
based on both merit and need. The first scholarship will be awarded this
Helen Van Tiem received her master's degree at UM-Dearborn and has remained
involved with the campus's Child Development Center ever since. She was
a teaching assistant at the center from 1983 to 1986, and teacher and
education coordinator from 1986 to 1994. In addition to providing care
for children between one and six years old, the CDC is a teacher training
and child study facility for UM-Dearborn students enrolled in a variety
of education and psychology courses.
In addition to her work with the CDC, Van Tiem has been active in the
School of Education alumni group and received the Distinguished Alumni
Award in 1996.
"Helen and Tom Van Tiem in their two distinguished careers have
been friends of children for over 40 years, and their most recent gift
is a continuation of this generosity," according to John Poster,
dean of the UM-Dearborn School of Education. "With this gift, generations
of children will benefit from their kindness."