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Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars Program

Offered by West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Feb 19, 2024
Multiple awards worth


Grade level

High School Senior

Application deadline:


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



Minimum GPA


Academic Interest

Math, Education, Special Education


West Virginia


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


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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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