Charles Butt Scholarship

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Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers


About the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers

The 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. This scholarship is for undergraduate seeking their first degree.

Selection Criteria

Charles Butt scholarship applicants must:

  • Enroll or be enrolled full-time in a partner university program that will lead to a teaching certificate
  • Be seeking their first degree
  • Be a Texas resident
  • 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 supports 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.

Some look out over a classroom and just see kids. Just students. When teachers look at those faces, they see the future.

Future accountants and cardiologists.
Plant managers and meteorologists.
Talk show hosts and tech recruiters.
Forest park rangers and magazine editors.

They see the future of strong Texas communities. Healthy economies. Educated citizenries.

Teachers not only see the future – teachers give rise to the future.

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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:

  • Remain a full-time student enrolled in a program that will lead to a teaching certificate at one of the 11 partner programs
  • Be willing to be an active member of MASTT (Math and Science Teachers of Tomorrow)
  • 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 IHE program leader each year
  • Plan to teach in a high-needs classroom in a Texas public school upon completion of the program

Scholarship Timeline

  • Annual Scholarship Application periods:

                       Fall Semester October 1 deadline

                       Spring Semester January 22 – February 9 deadline

  • First round of interviews with UTeach will be held annually during October and February.
  • Second round of interviews with Raise Your Hand Texas will be in March. 
  • Students will be informed whether or not they have been selected for the scholarship award by April 15. 
  • The funding will be available the following Fall semester.

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How to Apply

The online application can be found here.

Other Important Links

Raise Your Hand Texas:

Raising Texas Teachers:

UTeach Natural Sciences at The University of Texas in Austin:

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