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OKLAHOMA CITY – Two Altus School District teachers have been awarded Advanced Placement (AP) grants from The College Board.

Linda Bennett and Jaime Reyna were awarded the AP Rural Fellows grant, a new and competitive grant program that provides scholarships for high school teachers in rural areas of the United States.

“I’m so excited for these teachers and for their students who will benefit from these grants,” state Superintendent Janet Barresi said. “AP courses are known to improve the depth of a student’s knowledge and to help truly prepare students for college-level work.”

The $1,500 scholarships assist teachers with the cost of attending an AP Summer Institute, including travel.

To qualify for a College Board AP Rural Fellows scholarship, a candidate must plan to teach an AP course during the 2014-15 academic school year at a secondary school that meets the following criteria:

* Must be designated as a rural school (based on National Center for Education Statistics definition)

* Fifty percent or more students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch

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