Minority Teaching Scholarship
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|Amount:||at least 3,000|
|This is a program designed to attract academically talented minority individuals into the teaching profession. Through this program, students enrolled in approved teacher education programs receive loans to assist with educational expenses. For students who meet all of the program's obligations, the loans are forgiven through conversion to a scholarship (gift aid).|
|To be eligible for assistance you must meet the following requirements. Initial Students •Be a United States citizen or permanent resident, or otherwise lawfully present in the United States. •Be a Missouri resident. •Be African American, Asian American, Hispanic American or Native American. •Be one of the following: •A recent high school graduate, college student or returning adult (without a degree) who ranks in the top 25 of percent of their high school class and scores in the top 25 percent of the ACT or SAT exam*, or another accepted, national academic assessment exam; or •An individual who has completed 30 college hours and has a cumulative GPA of 3.0; or •An individual with a baccalaureate degree who is returning to an approved math or science teacher education program. •Be enrolled full-time in an approved teacher education program at a participating community college or four-year college or university in Missouri. •Submit an application postmarked by the June 15 deadline. •ACT composite score of 24 •SAT composite critical reading and math score of 1340. In order for your loan(s) to be forgiven, you must meet the following obligations. If you do not meet all of your obligations, you must repay the loan(s) with 9.5% interest within two years of entering repayment. •Enroll in and complete a college program designed to qualify you for a Missouri teaching certificate. If you are attending a four year school, you must receive your teaching certificate within five years from the date you first receive program funds. If you transfer from a community college to a four year school, you must receive your teaching certificate within three years from the date you first receive program funds for attendance at the four-year school. •Repayment will be required if you cease study leading to teacher certification for any reason, such as selecting courses that indicate you have changed your career goal; withdrawal from school; or dismissal, suspension, or expulsion from school for any reason. •Interest will begin to accrue from the date you cease your study for teacher certification. •Teach math or science on a full-time basis for five years in a Missouri public elementary or secondary school after receiving your teaching certificate. •You must be hired within 10 months of receiving your teaching certificate or you will enter repayment. If you fail to secure qualified employment, interest will begin to accrue at the end of this 10 month period. •If you no longer hold qualified employment, interest will begin to accrue the day after your last date of qualified employment. •Notify the MDHE annually of your current status as a student or teacher, depending on your situation. Repayment may be delayed in the following circumstances. •If you return to full-time graduate study in a math or science field, repayment may be delayed for not more than two years. •If you request maternity leave from a Missouri public school district, repayment may be delayed for not more than one semester. You must return to a math or science teaching position in a Missouri public elementary or secondary school following the leave. •If you serve in any branch of the United States armed forces. For each year that you teach math or science full-time in a Missouri public elementary or secondary school, one-fifth of the total amount you borrowed will convert to scholarship funds that do not have to be repaid.|
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