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New Grant Programs for Students Interested in Becoming Teachers

Two new grant programs to help support students enrolled in teacher preparation programs were established during the 2016 legislative session. The Teacher Shortage Conditional Grant provides financial support to preparation program candidates who commit to teaching in specified shortage areas. The Student Teaching Residency Grant supports teacher preparation program candidates during their student teaching phase.

Teacher Shortage Conditional Grant (Application Closed)

The Teacher Shortage Conditional Grant program is established to encourage individuals to become teachers by providing financial aid to individuals enrolled in teacher preparation programs approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board. Recipients are expected to fulfill a teaching service obligation in exchange for receiving the grant. Grant amounts will vary depending on applicant financial need and funds available, with a maximum award of up to $10,000.

Timeline

  • Application opens: May 1, 2017
  • Application deadline: May 26, 2017 by 5:00 P.M.
  • Award notifications: Sent by the end of June.
  • Award disbursement: Awards will be sent to financial aid offices for disbursement in the 2017-18 academic year.

Program Guide

Prospective applicants should review the Program Guide for more information.

Minimum Qualifications

In order to be considered, candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Be enrolled in an eligible teacher preparation program during the 2017-18 academic year. The program must lead to full residency certification, be approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board, and participate in state financial aid. The applicant must be enrolled at least half-time and be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress. 
  2. Demonstrate unmet financial need through the 2017-18 FAFSA or WASFA. Applicants must submit their financial aid application prior to applying for this grant and no later than May 19.
  3. Address at least one of the following shortage area needs:
    • Pursue an endorsement that is listed on the statewide endorsement shortage list.
    • Express intention to fulfill a geographic shortage need by teaching in a priority district.
    • Express intention to fulfill a unique local need (see instructions). The district in question must verify that the applicant’s endorsement area is a shortage area for the district and provide a letter of commitment to hire the applicant.
  1. Commit to teaching at an approved Washington preK-12 public school for two school years for each year of funding received. This can be fulfilled in half the time, or one school year, for service in a shortage area.
  2. Have no existing Washington State service obligations (federal obligations like the TEACH Grant are okay). Candidates who have already received a state conditional grant or scholarship that includes an unsatisfied teaching service obligation do not qualify.
  3. Not owe a repayment to any state or federal grant or scholarship nor be in default on a state or federal student loan. (Having student loans is acceptable so long as you are in good standing.)
  4. Not pursue a degree in theology.

All candidates who meet these minimum qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Awarding Priorities

WSAC anticipates awarding 50-70 grants. In the event that we receive more applications than we can fund, the following priorities will be considered:

  • Traditionally underrepresented groups among the teacher workforce
  • Financial need
  • Experience working with children and/or youth
  • Enrollment in an alternative route teacher certification program
  • School district commitment to hire (required of applicants addressing a unique local need; optional for applicants addressing a state level endorsement or geographic shortage area)

If you have any questions, please email us at teachers@wsac.wa.gov or call 888-535-0747.

Student Teaching Residency Grant (Application Closed)

The Student Teaching Residency Grant program is established to provide additional funds to individuals completing student teaching residencies at Title I public schools in Washington. Grant amounts will vary depending on applicant financial need and funds available, with a maximum award of up to $10,000.
Application opens: February 1, 2017
Priority deadline: February 24, 2017 by 5:00 P.M.
Final deadline: March 3, 2017 by 5:00 P.M. 

In order to qualify, applicants must:

  1. Be enrolled in a PESB-approved teacher preparation program leading to full residency certification. 
  2. Be student teaching at a Title I public school in Washington currently, or starting by June 30, 2017.
  3. Demonstrate financial need through the FAFSA or WASFA, meeting the following criteria:
  1. Not owe a repayment to any state or federal grant or scholarship nor be in default on a state or federal student loan. 

All candidates who meet these minimum qualifications are encouraged to apply.