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Local college student recognized as tomorrow's next great teacher

Miami resident Ingrid Louis of Florida Memorial University has been awarded the Siemens Teacher Scholarship, a distinction that recognizes students enrolled at historically black universities who are pursuing teaching careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics.

Louis has ambitions to become an elementary school principal one day, hoping to invest in the lives of under-privileged students – much like elementary science and math teachers invested in her.

"As my former teachers and professors have invested in my life by believing in me and allowing me to blossom into a butterfly, I believe that I am called to do the same," she said. "Students need teachers that have a passion to teach, in which I am prepared to go at infinite lengths to meet the intellectual needs of my students."

Louis is one of 33 students nationwide to receive a $4,400 scholarship from the Siemens Foundation and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Siemens Foundation President Jeniffer Harper-Taylor said the foundation knows the "value of good teachers" and is committed to encouraging students in the vital subject areas that the foundation's scholarship focuses on.