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    Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars Program

    Offered by West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated May 3, 2024
    Multiple awards worth

    $10,000

    Grade level

    High School Senior

    Application deadline:

    Rolling

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you a high school senior or recent high school graduate from West Virginia who is pursuing a career as an educator in the fields of math, science, elementary education, or special education? If so, the Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars Program may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, up to 25 aspiring educators from West Virginia are chosen to receive $10,000 to go towards their post-secondary education. The scholarship can be received for up to four years, so long as the recipients continue to meet renewal requirements. Upon graduation from university, recipients of the scholarship are required to teach at a West Virginia public school in the fields of math, science, elementary education or special education under contract with a county board of education for a period of five consecutive years. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.

    About West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

    The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission develops and oversees a public policy agenda for West Virginia’s four-year colleges and universities. Comprised of a 10-member board, the Commission works with institutions on accomplishing their missions and carrying out state procedures.

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

    Grade Level

    High School Senior

    Citizenship

    DACA

    Minimum GPA

    3.3

    Academic Interest

    Math, Education, Special Education

    State

    West Virginia

    Miscellaneous

    Applicants must have a minimum ACT score of 21 in math and 18 in English, or a minimum SAT score of 530 in math and 480 in English.

    Application information

    To apply for this scholarship, submit the below application materials before the deadline.

    3-5-minute video

    SAT Score

    ACT Score

    FAFSA

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    Scholarship FAQ

    Is this scholarship open to international students?

    No, this scholarship is only open to DACA students.

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission at [email protected].

    Is this scholarship renewable?

    Yes, the Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars Program is renewable.

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