The Multicultural Education Recruitment in Teaching (MERIT) project is a partnership between the University of St. Francis (USF), Joliet Township High School District 204, Joliet Public Schools District 86, Joliet Junior College, and the Joliet community. It is intended to help recruit, prepare, place, and induct a new generation of excellent teachers of color for Joliet schools – a teacher corps the more closely matches the demographics of Joliet’s student population.
Why is the MERIT program necessary?
MERIT ultimately provides scholarship opportunities to qualifying students of color who major in education at University of St. Francis. Beyond scholarship opportunities, MERIT reaches young students in the Joliet community through College Awareness Events and through support of Future Educators Clubs at Joliet Central, Joliet West, and Joliet Junior College.