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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Nichole Schau knew from a young age she wanted to be an elementary school teacher.

“Being a teacher has been my goal my entire life,” said Schau. As a high-achieving high school student, the Elmhurst native had her pick of universities to attend. Schau, who now is in her senior year of college, chose Northeastern Illinois University because her sister raved about the education program and the opportunities the school offers its students.

“The resources Northeastern has for future teachers are endless,” said Schau. “The professors create a great support system and have been so helpful preparing me for my future.”

Schau also has appreciated the numerous opportunities to get out into the schools and into classrooms to observe the teaching experience.

“There is nothing better than seeing what you’re learning being put into practice,” said Schau.

Schau, who has continued to be a top student, has attended Northeastern on a Presidential Scholarship, which includes full tuition, fees and a book stipend for four years.

“It was huge to receive the scholarship because I didn’t know how I was going to pay for school,” said Schau. “It was unbelievable that was able to attend the school of my choice, in the program I want, for free.”

She said that the scholarship has eased the burden of having to work while in school. “This scholarship has allowed me to concentrate on schoolwork, so I am able to focus on completing my degree.”