The fellowship is much in the vein of the popular Teach for America program which recruits recent college graduates to teach in lower-income rural and urban areas in the United States. According to BusinessWeek, the 2009 class of Teach for America volunteers could only offer 11% of applicants a position, attesting to the popularity of the program.
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship would provide a $30,000 stipend to the teachers, a similar award to that of the Teach for America program. This particular fellowship will be much more focused on education in the science and technology fields, though. With the United States falling behind many other developed countries in science and math education, this fellowship represents an effort for the United States to push back into the stratosphere of science and technology research.
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship began in Indiana and is now spreading to other states.