CROOKSTON, Minn. • Sixteen instructor candidates from the University of Minnesota Crookston will benefit from grant money after the University of Minnesota was awarded a Governor’s Emergency Educational Relief (GEER) Grant.

The school announced the news on Thursday, Jan. 14.

The U of MN System’s GEER project, titled “Enhancing the Preparation of New Teachers to Impact Learning in Minnesota’s PK-12 Schools,” focused on meeting the needs of future teachers from the Twin Cities, Duluth, Crookston, and Morris campuses.

This focus was selected because COVID-19 impacted — and likely will continue to impact — the progress of a number of teacher candidates who had started critical coursework that required clinical experiences and/or student teaching in PK-12 classrooms, according to information from the school.

The Crookston campus was awarded $16,441 in total funding for the 16 teacher candidates. Awards, based on an application process, range from $500-$1,500. The school said preference was given to students teaching during the spring 2021 semester and who would enhance the diversity of PK-12 education in schools with underrepresented populations.