A Scarborough woman is one of 25 people in the nation to be chosen as a 2012 Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color.

Pamela Otunnu Porensky, a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, will receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a master’s degree in education, USM said in a press release. In exchange, Porensky will teach in a high-need public school.

Porensky graduated from USM this spring with a bachelor’s in business with a concentration in marketing. This fall, she will continue her studies in USM’s Extended Teacher Education Program.

The fellowship program was established in 1992 to help recruit, support and retain individuals of color as teachers and administrators in public education. It aims to provide support throughout a three-teaching term and guidance towards teaching certification.

Since its inception, the program has awarded nearly $8 million in grants and financial assistance to 400 fellows.