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Teachers may qualify for $4,000 award

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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:
If you have questions about the Teach Iowa Scholar Program, contact Julie Voss at the Iowa College Student Aid Commission at or

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on February 18, 2018 at 8:31pm.