The TEACH grant is a federally administered grant program geared toward recruiting qualified teachers within high-needs fields to teach in Title I schools. Qualification for the program requires recipient's agreement to teach for four years in a Title I school for each year of grant receipt. Eligible applicants are eligible to receive up to $4000 per year for each four year teaching agreement.
Student Eligibility Requirements:
In order to qualify for the TEACH grant through Teach North Texas, several eligibility requirements must be met:
1) Student must be an undergraduate student and member of the Teach North Texas program at the University of North Texas.
2) Student must complete TNTX 1100 prior to application.
3) One of the following requirements must be met. Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) at or above the 75th percentile for the year the student took the test. OR, an eligible 3.25 or greater cumulative UNT gpa. OR, an incoming transfer gpa of 3.25 or greater provided the student has completed the equivalent of TNTX 1100 prior to transfer.
4) The student must agree to teach for four years in a high needs field at a Title I school district within the eight year period directly following graduation and teacher certification. Each subsequent grant extends this requirement by four year increments.
5) The student must have a current FAFSA on file with the UNT Financial Aid department (demonstration of financial need is not a program requirement but the FAFSA must be completed).
Procedure for TEACH Grant Application:
1) Visit the federal website at https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/studentHome.action. Please read the site carefully as it gives detailed information on program requirements.
2) Complete the TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling found on the federal website at the above link. Print out evidence of completion for submission to Teach North Texas (evidence of completion must include identifying information such as name, birth date, etc.).
3) Complete the current academic year FAFSA on the federal website at www.fafsa.ed.gov, and provide printed evidence of completion (evidence of completion must include identifying information such as name, birth date, etc.).
4) Provide printed documentation of standardized test scores if these scores were not submitted during the UNT admission process (documentation must include identifying information such as name, birth date, etc.), or have proof of cumulative 3.25 or greater gpa if being certified via gpa.
5) Schedule an appointment with the Teach North Texas Program Advisor to complete the required application.
6) Once all materials have been compiled and submitted to the Teach North Texas Program Advisor, this information will be forwarded to the UNT Student Financial Aid department.
7) The UNT Financial Aid department will contact you when grant eligibility is confirmed. At that time, you must complete the Agreement to Serve form found at https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/studentHome.action and submit to the UNT Financial Aid department to secure release of funds.
Special Notes Regarding TEACH Grant Eligibility:
1) You are eligible for the TEACH grant with either acceptable standardized test scores or 3.25 or greater cumulative gpa. If your eligibility is certified via gpa, you will be required to complete a subsequent application for each additional year of TEACH Grant acceptance.
2) If you do not complete the TEACH Grant four year agreement to teach in a high needs field at a Title I school, the grant will revert to a federal loan. You will then be required to repay the loan including interest.
3) You may choose to teach at any Title I school to fulfill your Agreement to Serve. The following link provides a list of schools designated as high need. Please be aware that this list changes yearly. https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp
4) The UNT Financial Aid department confirms program eligibility and authorizes release of federal funds. Please note that Teach North Texas does not administer nor fund the TEACH Grant program.
5) Acceptance of the TEACH Grant may affect eligibility for additional sources of financial aid. You will need to consult a financial aid officer in the UNT Financial Aid department to determine how acceptance of the TEACH Grant will affect your overall financial aid award package.
GTF Scholarship program
The Greater Texas Foundation offers scholarships through Teach North Texas in the minimum amount of $500 per academic year based upon funding availability. This scholarship is competitive in nature and is awarded based upon demonstrated academic success both in the student's major concentration as well as all Teach North Texas program courses. Students who have completed at least TNTX 1100 (or TNTX 1300 blended course) are eligible to apply. This scholarship is renewable for additional semesters. Applications are available through the Teach North Texas office. Deadlines for GTF scholarships will vary each semester, but students will be notified of these application deadlines.
College of Science
Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics
$2000 Math Specialist Scholarship
AWIS-Association for Women in Science
$1000 Scholarship 5-10 available to students pursuing STEM degree
Applications open in September with a January deadline
Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers
Up to $2000 per year for future high school physics teachers
January 4th deadline
Prospective Middle School Mathematics Teacher Course Work Scholarship
$3000-must be in Junior standing and a member of NCTM
May 6th deadline
Prospective Secondary Teacher Course Work Scholarship
Up to $10,000; applicant must be in Sophomore standing and a member of NCTM
May 6th deadline
Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship
$1000 to student majoring in Education
Applications accepted October 1-December 31
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Varying awards up to $5000 for Hispanic students; requirements vary
Society of Physics Students
Varies according to individual scholarship-must be a member of SPS
February 15th deadline
Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship
Spring competition open Jan 1st-July 31st, Fall Competition open Aug 1st-Dec 31st
Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation
$2000 award/5 available for low-income women with children
July 15th deadline
AISES Intel Scholarship
$5000 per academic year for American Indian/Alaska Native AISES members pursuing a degree in science and math (STEM) fields
June 15th deadline
ACS Scholars Program
Up to $5000-renewable for African American, Hispanic, or American Indian freshman-junior level chemistry students
AFCEA Educational Foundation
$2500-$5000 awards available for students pursuing an education degree with the purpose of teaching STEM subjects at U.S. middle or secondary school
June 15th deadline
Website database listing a variety of scholarship opportunities.
AKA Educational Advancement Foundation
April 15th deadline
National Institute for Labor Relations
$1000 scholarship to a student majoring in education
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority National Education Foundation- Isabel M Herson Scholarship in Education
Available to graduate or undergraduate level students enrolled in a degree program in either elementary or secondary education. Award for full-time study for one academic year (Fall-Spring). Amount varies from $500 to $1,000. Proof of enrollment required. Other scholarships are also available from this organization for both members and non-members of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship
Application Deadline: October 15, December 2, and January 31.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in the Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engirneering
Hard-copy applications--including essays, transcripts, and recommendations--are due at The Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships (Sage 228) by October 6.
Perkins Loan Forgiveness
Amount: Up to 100% of your loan amount
• You may be entitled to have up to 100% of the original principal loan amount canceled if you perform qualifying service in the approved areas.
• Qualifying service must be performed after you receive the loan.
• Engage in teaching full-time in a public or private non-profit elementary or secondary school with a high concentration of students from low-income families OR
• Engage in teaching full-time in special education at a public school or private non-profit elementary or secondary school, OR
• Engage in teaching full-time in a high-need subject area at a public or private non-profit elementary or secondary school.
How to apply:
Cancellation forms can be downloaded at www.ecsi.net. Choose "borrower," then "forms," then "request for cancellation."
Stafford Loan Forgiveness
Amount: Up to $5,000 or up to $17,500 (total)
• Loans disbursed through the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program and the Federal Direct Loan (DL) Program may qualify.
• You must be a new Federal student loan borrower as of 10/1/98 OR have had no outstanding balance on 10/1/98 on FFEL/DL loan obtained before that date.
• You must have received the loan to be forgiven before completing the final year of qualifying service.
• Only the outstanding principal and interest may be forgiven. You will not receive a refund of payments that have already been made.
• You may qualify for forbearance during the required five- year period of teaching.
• Engage in teaching full-time in a public or private non-profit elementary or secondary school that has been designated as a "low income" school by the U.S. Department of Education for five consecutive academic years.
• At least one of the years of teaching must be after the 1997-98 academic year.
• You must not have received benefits for the same teaching service through the AmeriCorps program of Subtitle D of Title 1 of the NCSA Act of 1990.
You may be eligible for up to $17,500 in loan forgiveness if you meet the following service requirements in addition to those above:
• Engage in teaching full time in a special education, OR
• Engage in teaching full-time in math or science, OR
• Engage in teaching full time as a highly qualified teacher.
How to apply:
• Once you have completed the five year teaching agreement, you can apply for loan cancellation by completing an application provided by your lender.
• Once you have completed the application, you must have it certified by the Chief Administration Officer at the school in which you are teaching.
• Submit the completed application with certification to your lender. Your lender will determine your eligibility for loan forgiveness.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS DOCUMENT WAS PREPARED BY THE TEACH NORTH TEXAS ADVISOR IN AN EFFORT TO ASSIST ITS MEMBERS IN ATTAINING FUNDING FOR THEIR COLLEGE EDUCATION. THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS AND TEACH NORTH TEXAS DO NOT NECESSARILY SUPPORT THE OPINIONS AND VIEWS OF ALL ORGANIZATIONS OFFERING SCHOLARSHIPS LISTED IN THIS DOCUMENT. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CONTENT OF THIS DOCUMENT, PLEASE CONTACT TEACH NORTH TEXAS PROGRAM ADVISOR JENNIFER MCDONALD AT (940)565-3890 OR JENNIFER.JOHNSTON@UNT.EDU.