Future Teacher Scholarship applications available at Northwestern

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Future Teacher Scholarship applications available at Northwestern

March 11, 2009

Applications for Future Teacher Scholarships at Northwestern Oklahoma State University are now available from any Northwestern teacher education faculty member or from the Struckle Education Center, room 205.

The Future Teachers Scholarship Program was established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as an incentive to encourage the preparation of teachers in critical shortage areas in public schools of Oklahoma.

The eligible critical shortage areas for 2009-10 are: Math, Science, English, Foreign Language, Early Childhood, Counselors, Library Media Specialist and Speech Language Pathologist.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, students must meet the following requirements:

1. The student must be a resident of Oklahoma.
2. The student must be nominated by the college on the basis of one of the following criteria:
a. Cumulative high school grade point average ranking in the top 15% of his or her high school graduating class; OR
b. ACT or SAT score ranking in the top 15 percent for high school graduates of the same year; OR
c. Admission to a professional education program at an accredited Oklahoma institution of higher education; OR
d. An undergraduate record of outstanding success, as defined by the institution.
3. Full-time and part-time students are eligible for the scholarship; however, highest priority will be given to full-time students.
4. Scholarship recipients must maintain no less than a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
5. Each recipient must agree to teach in a shortage area in Oklahoma public schools for a minimum of three (3) consecutive years upon graduation and licensure as a teacher.
6. Recipients may receive the scholarship for not more than four years, or the equivalent of four years, of full-time study.

Students should follow the application process below:

1. A new application must be submitted each academic year.
2. Application deadline is May 27. Completed applications are to be submitted to the Northwestern Education Office in EC 205-Alva).

The following documentation is required from all applying for the scholarship:

    • First-time freshmen must submit a copy of their high school transcript and ACT or SAT score, whichever is applicable. 
    • Students who have attended a post-secondary institution must submit official
transcripts from all institutions attended. 
    • All students must submit the essay portion of the application on a separate sheet.

3. Institutions will submit scholarship candidates and alternates in priority order to the State Regents’ office.
4. The State Regents’ office will notify institutions of awards.