The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers consists of $8,000 in annual funding for up to four years, as well as ongoing training and development opportunities, mentorship from sitting public school educators, and participation in a statewide aspiring teachers network facilitated by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation.
Approximately 100 scholarships will be awarded through teacher preparation programs at 10 partner universities each year, with the cohort growing to include 500 scholars annually. The competitive selection process includes an application, pre-screening by university teams, and a daylong event consisting of a group activity, mock teaching lesson, and panel interview.
Students in Rice's Master of Arts in Teaching (new teachers and undergraduate 5-year students only) and Teacher Certification for Undergraduate Students that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:
- Enroll or be enrolled full-time in a partner university program that will lead to a teaching certificate
- Be a Texas resident
- Have a strong academic record and history of achievement
- Have demonstrated peer or group leadership skills
- Demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in education in high-needs Texas public schools upon completion of the program
Support for Charles Butt Scholars
In addition to scholarship funding, the Raising Texas Teachers initiative will supplement the rigorous education scholars receive through partner programs by providing teacher candidates opportunities to benefit from ongoing professional development, mentoring and feedback from teachers and principals, and connections with fellow Charles Butt scholars across Texas.
This combination of education and supports is designed to ensure teacher candidates practice and develop pedagogical skills in authentic classroom settings, observe masterful teaching in action, reflect on feedback from expert teachers and school leaders, and participate in a community that fosters professional growth.