Zell Fund for Teacher Education Scholarships Reaches New Heights

Zell Fund for Teacher Education Scholarships Reaches New Heights

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kristine N. Cooper, Director of Development
Phone: 212-358-1250 x311
E-mail: kristine@amshq.org

American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-2163

February 13, 2013, New York, NY—The American Montessori Society today announced a gift of $25,000 to the Zell Family Scholarship Fund from Pamela Zell Rigg, PhD, which completes her pledge to create a $100,000 endowment in support of professional education for aspiring Montessori teachers. Dr. Rigg established the fund with AMS in 1995 and named it to honor the memory of her mother, Agnes Kister, and her brother, John Kister Zell. Following her initial donation of $20,000, she continued to make contributions to nurture the endowment and provided additional money to be used for scholarships while the fund grew. AMS has so far awarded 17 Zell scholarships totaling $16,975.

Currently program director for the Montessori Teacher Education Center/San Francisco Bay Area, Pamela Zell Rigg previously headed the Montessori School of San Leandro. Devoted to Montessori and to AMS for over 45 years, she says she entrusted her fund to AMS because the organization had already developed procedures for administering teacher scholarship programs. “I’m thankful that the AMS Scholarship Committee exists. I hope that others will consider establishing a fund with AMS to leave a personal or family legacy to benefit future generations of Montessori educators.”

Joyce S. Pickering, chair of the AMS Development Committee, says, “AMS is extremely grateful for this generous gift. We are dedicated to providing scholarships to those who aspire to teacher preparation in the Montessori Method, and the Zell Family Scholarship Fund will benefit many teachers in perpetuity.”

Learn more about AMS and the Zell Family Scholarship Fund on the AMS Teacher Education Scholarships Web page.

The American Montessori Society, headquartered in New York City, is the foremost advocate for quality Montessori education in the United States. Founded in 1960 by educator Nancy McCormick Rambusch, PhD, with the backing of key parents from Whitby School (Greenwich, CT), AMS works to ensure that the Montessori approach is a positive and growing force in education throughout the world.

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