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Monday, Jul. 22, 2024

C’view teacher earns national scholarship

CONVOY – James S. Lautzenheiser of Convoy, a teacher at Crestview High School, has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, Va., in its 25th annual fellowship competition. The fellowship will fund up to $24,000 of Lautzenheiser’s course of study toward a master’s degree. That program must include a concentration of courses on the history and principles of the US Constitution.

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 of the nation’s constitutional heritage.

Named in honor of the fourth president of the United States, James Madison Fellowships support further study of American history by college graduates who aspire to become teachers of American history, government, and social studies in the nation’s secondary schools, as well as by experienced secondary school teachers of the same subjects. Lautzenheiser was selected for a James Madison Fellowship in competition with applicants from Ohio. Additional fellowships were awarded in each of the states.

The fellowship is funded by income from a trust fund in the Treasury of the United States as well as from additional private gifts, corporate contributions, and foundation grants. It requires the applicants to teach American history or social studies in a secondary school for at least one year for each year of fellowship support.

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation was founded by an act of Congress in 1986. It is an independent agency of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. In addition to offering fellowships, the Foundation undertakes other activities relating to secondary school education about the Constitution’s history. For more information, see

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