The Teaching Fellows Program at Coastal Carolina University has welcomed twenty-three freshman students into the 2016 Cohort. These students were selected by CERRA; the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement for the state of South Carolina. The mission of the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and help them develop leadership qualities. Teaching Fellows awardees go through a rigorous selection process, which includes an online application, an interview with and presentation to a team of three educators, and a scored response. Following the rigorous selection process, applicants who are rewarded the Fellowship receive up to $24,000 in scholarships (up to $6000 a year for four years) to attend a Teaching Fellows institution in South Carolina. Additionally, Fellows are offered numerous professional development opportunities and are involved with communities and businesses through various service projects and partnerships with local schools.