Teachers may qualify for $4,000 award
First-year educators who are teaching in designated shortage areas are encouraged to apply for awards of up to $4,000 through the Teach Iowa Scholar Program.
The awards, which can be received up to a maximum of five years, are designed for new teachers who are in their first contract with an Iowa school. They had to have graduated from a teacher education program during the 2013-14 academic year.
Eligibility for the Teach Iowa Scholar Program requires that a teacher meet the following criteria:
- Graduated in the top 25 percent of his or her teacher preparation program;
- Is under contract during the 2014-15 academic year teaching full-time in a designated shortage area; and
- Submitted a Teach Iowa Scholar application.
A total of 325 awards can be made during the 2014-15 academic year. If funding is not available to provide awards to all applicants, Teach Iowa Scholar applications will be prioritized and recipients will be selected according to the following criteria:
- Renewal applicants (no renewal applicants for the 2014-15 academic year because this is the first year awards will be made);
- Iowa residents; and
- Date of application within academic year of graduation.
Teachers selected as recipients under the Teach Iowa Scholar Program will receive their awards in June 2015 after employment for the 2014-15 academic year has been verified.
For more information and to apply, go to the Iowa College Student Aid’s website: https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/content/teach-iowa-scholars-program.
If you have questions about the Teach Iowa Scholar Program, contact Julie Voss at the Iowa College Student Aid Commission at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.