New Scholarship Program to Train New Teachers

By Pilar Arias

A new program will provide $50 million in scholarship funding for students committed to a career in teaching.

Students at Trinity and Our Lady of the Lake universities will benefit from Raising Texas Teachers, a program launched by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation.

Sylvia Villa is a junior at OLLU studying special education and hoping to benefit from the program some day.

“It ensures that we’re going to be able to continue our education,” Villa said.

Over time, the scholarship program will grow to include 500 teaching fellows annually from 10 university teacher preparation programs. Each teaching fellow will receive $8,000 per year as part of the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers, as well as ongoing training and development opportunities, mentorship from sitting public school educators, and involvement in a statewide aspiring teachers network facilitated by Raise Your Hand, according to a news release.

Trinity’s chair of the department of education is grateful to be one of the universities selected for the program.

“We’re standing on the brink of a teacher shortage here in the state of Texas and the fact that we have an organization that’s willing to put in funds to support new entrance into the pipeline of teaching and high quality talent, we think is essential,” Shari Albright said.

For more information about the program click here.

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