Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers

Logo for Raising Texas Teachers, A Raise Your Hands Texas InitiativeThe Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers consists of $8,000 in annual funding for up to four years, as well as ongoing training and development opportunities, mentorship from sitting public school educators, and participation in a statewide aspiring teachers network facilitated by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation.

The first round of scholarships will be granted for the 2018-19 school year. Approximately 100 scholarships will be provided in the first year, spread across 11 partner university teacher preparation programs. Over time, the scholarship program will grow to include 500 teaching scholars annually.

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Selection Criteria

Charles Butt scholarship applicants must:

  • Be enrolled full time for 2018-2019 in:
    • EC-6 ESL/Generalist Certification
    • Bilingual Certification
    • Special Education Certification
    • University of Texas Urban Teachers Social Studies
    • University of Texas Urban Teachers English
  • Have a strong academic record and history of achievement
  • Have demonstrated peer or group leadership skills
  • Demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in education in high-needs Texas public schools upon completion of the program

Support for Charles Butt Scholars

In addition to scholarship funding, the Raising Texas Teachers initiative will supplement the rigorous education scholars receive through partner programs by providing teacher candidates opportunities to benefit from ongoing professional development, mentoring and feedback from teachers and principals, and connections with fellow Charles Butt scholars across Texas.

This combination of education and support is designed to ensure teacher candidates practice and develop pedagogical skills in authentic classroom settings, observe masterful teaching in action, reflect on feedback from expert teachers and school leaders, and participate in a community that fosters professional growth.

Scholarship Benefits

All Charles Butt Scholars will receive the following forms of financial and professional support:

  • A scholarship of up to $8,000 per year for up to four years
  • Mentorship from a local educator or principal
  • Participation in local and statewide cohort meetings of aspiring teachers
  • Invitation and funds to attend the Raise Your Hand Texas Leadership Symposium
  • Inclusion in an on-campus teaching scholar club
  • Professional support as they near graduation
  • An online community for scholars across the state to connect

Ongoing Requirements

Charles Butt Scholars must:

  • Be enrolled full time for  2018-2019
    • EC-6 ESL/Generalist Certification
    • Bilingual Certification
    • Special Education Certification
    • University of Texas Urban Teachers Social Studies
    • University of Texas Urban Teachers English
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average;
  • Participate in Raise Your Hand professional development activities;
  • Receive a letter of recommendation for continuation from the program coordinator each year; and
  • Plan to teach in a high-needs classroom in a Texas public school upon completion of the program.

Scholarship Timeline

September 17, 2018
Application opens.

February 9, 2019
Application closes.

March 2019
Raise Your Hand Texas will notify you if you have been selected to move on to the final interview stage.

March-April 2019
Regional selection interviews conducted with scholarship finalists by Raise Your Hand Texas.

April 2019
Scholarship recipients notified by Raise Your Hand Texas.