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In order to meet the increasing demand for top quality teachers for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' public schools, the 1999 Legislature established the Tomorrow's Teachers Scholarship Program. This special program offers scholarships to academically talented high school students who wish to pursue a teaching career. These renewable four year scholarships will be awarded to qualifying students who plan to attend Massachusetts colleges or universities, and who agree to teach for four years in Massachusetts public schools, upon graduation from college. The Office of Student Financial Assistance, a division of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, administers the Tomorrow's Teachers Scholarship.
Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible for a Tomorrow's Teachers Scholarship Program, a student must:
- Rank in the top 25% of his/her graduating high school class (at time of application)
- Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts.
- Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
- Agree to enroll and complete a four year bachelor's degree program in an eligible college or university leading to teacher certification.
- Agree to teach for four years in Massachusetts public schools.
The Tomorrow's Teachers Scholarship Program provides payment of full tuition and required fees at eligible public colleges and universities. For students attending a Massachusetts private college or university, the scholarship award is capped at the highest level awarded at a public institution. For the academic year, 2002-2003, the maximum scholarship award was $6,482. The scholarships are awarded at a maximum of four years.
Priority in granting Tomorrow's Teachers Scholarship awards will be given to eligible students who:
- Commit to teach in a subject area for which there is a documented teacher shortage in Massachusetts.
- Commit to a geographic region or school district where there is a documented teacher shortage in Massachusetts.
What Are The Obligations For Accepting The Scholarship?
- Enroll as a full time student at an eligible college or university.
- Pursue studies, as a full time student, in a program leading to teacher certification.
- Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA on all college work.
- Agree to teach in a Massachusetts public school one year for each year of scholarship assistance received.
Forfeiture of Scholarship Award
Students who participate in the Tomorrow's Teachers Scholarship Program, but do not complete their college education within six years of entering college, or who fail to complete their teaching obligation, must repay the scholarship. Repayment of the all scholarship proceeds will be prorated according to the fraction of teaching not completed, with interest, as determined by the Board of Higher Education.
How Do I Apply?
Interested students must complete the Tomorrow's Teachers Scholarship application. Two letters of recommendation are required, as well as a copy of the student's high school transcript.
For More Information
Contact the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at 617-391-6070.