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Cato School of Education Fellows

In the Cato School of Education, we are able to award select students an opportunity to become a Cato Teaching Fellows Scholar. This unique fellowship provides students additional ways to grow their future career as a teacher and help them become a more well-rounded person and teacher leader.

As a Fellow, students spend time serving others by making supplies for classrooms, collecting and delivering books to a local school, tutoring students in various schools, and volunteering for other organizations in our community. They also have fun learning and growing together by participating in team-building and bonding activities such as attending cooking classes, completing ropes courses, and whitewater rafting.

Throughout the program, Fellows build their leadership skills by developing and implementing their own leadership and service projects each semester. In the past, Fellows have developed and led book studies, organized pen-pal programs with local schools, attended and participated in conferences, organized guest speakers for the School of Education, and more.

Unique Learning Experiences

Cato Fellows are provided a variety of educational experiences that will transform their lives and prepare them to be highly successful teachers of 21st-century students. They have rare opportunities to learn first-hand what classrooms look like across our nation by visiting schools around our local community and beyond.

During their sophomore year, Fellows visit the famous Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. In their junior year, they collaborate with faculty to plan their own visit to communities and schools around the United States. Fellows have travelled to renown schools in San Francisco, Washington D.C., and New York City. These unique learning experiences help our future educators develop a greater appreciation for the population of students they will teach and further embrace diversity.

Mission Oriented

Cato Fellows live the Queens University of Charlotte mission statement “Non ministrari sed ministrare” – “Not to be served, but to serve” through their personal Action Leadership and Service Plans. They plan, implement and reflect on their personal action plan. Through this project, Fellows have the unique opportunity to develop their leadership skills; instill a deeper sense of mission, service, and professionalism; and improve the overall image of education.

Licensure Options

Cato School of Education Fellows have the option to obtain North Carolina teacher licensure in one of the following programs offered through the Teacher Education Program:

  • Elementary education
  • High school subject areas:
    • physics
    • earth science
    • science
    • biology
    • chemistry
    • English
    • history
    • math
    • social studies
  • Spanish K-12
  • French K-12

More Information

For more information about scholarship opportunities, please contact our admissions team (, 704-337-2212).