Oregon Teacher Scholars Program

Overview

The Educator Advancement Council established the Oregon Teacher Scholars Program to specifically address financial barriers posing challenges for racially, ethnically and linguistically diverse candidates pursuing a teaching license. The Oregon Teacher Scholar Program offers a scholarship of $12,000 per school year for ethnically diverse or Heritage Speakers of a language other than English. The program serves undergraduate students who are in the final two years of a teaching program or Education major, and graduate students enrolled in an Oregon TSPC approved educator preparation program. Recipients of a scholarship from the Oregon Teacher Scholars Program may be eligible for a second year of funding ($12,000) depending on funding
availability.

Scholarships may be used for costs associated with pursuing a teaching degree and licensure, including tuition and “hidden costs” such as fees, materials, supplies, and living expenses, such as housing, transportation, or childcare. In addition to the scholarship, the program coordinator provides recipients with networking, paid admissions to professional development conferences,
teaching resources, employment assistance, and other resources. Applications to the program are due March 1st each year.


For more information on this scholarship, including deadlines and eligibility, please see the
2022-23 FAQs.

Key Features

  • Offers a scholarship of $12,000 per school year for ethnically diverse or Heritage Speakers of a language other than English. 
  • Program serves undergraduate students who are in the final two years of a teaching program or Education major, and graduate students enrolled in an Oregon TSPC-approved educator preparation program.
  • In addition to the scholarship, the program coordinator provides recipients with networking, paid admissions to professional development conferences, teaching resources, employment assistance, and other resources 

Tips for Candidates

  • Applicants should apply even if not yet enrolled or accepted into a program, as verification of acceptance and enrollment will happen after the application deadline.
  • DACA recipients and undocumented students are encouraged to apply using the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA).
  • Applications to the program are due March 1st each year via the OSAC website.

Estimated Amount

  • Up to $12,000 a year for up to two years.
  • Not dependent on income level/.
  • May be used for costs associated with pursuing a teaching degree and licensure, including tuition and “hidden costs” such as fees, materials, supplies, and living expenses, such as housing, transportation, or childcare.