The Oregon Teacher Scholar Program offers a scholarship of $10,000 per school year for ethnically diverse or Heritage Speakers of a language other than English. The program serves undergraduate students who are in the final two years of a teaching program or Education major, and graduate students enrolled in an Oregon TSPC-approved educator preparation program. Recipients of a scholarship from the Oregon Teacher Scholars Program may be eligible for a second year of funding ($10,000) depending on funding availability.
Scholarships may be used for costs associated with pursuing a teaching degree and licensure, including tuition and “hidden costs” such as fees, materials, supplies, and living expenses, such as housing, transportation, or childcare. In addition to the scholarship, the program coordinator provides recipients with networking, paid admissions to professional development conferences, teaching resources, employment assistance, and other resources.
Applicants must complete an application on the Oregon Student Access and Completion (OSAC) website. Enter “772” or “Oregon Teacher Scholars” into the search box in the “Scholarship Catalog” and follow the instructions.
Applicants must register with OSAC and complete a FAFSA or ORSAA to apply.
Questions can be directed to Lala Rangel, Program Coordinator, Horalia.Rangel@hecc.oregon.gov or 503-881-6059
The Oregon Legislature and the Educator Advancement Council created the Oregon Teacher Scholars Program (OTSP) in 2017 to reduce financial barriers for racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse educator candidates pursuing an education degree at an in-state educator preparation program (ORS 348.295). In 2020, the Student Success Act increased the scholarship to $10,000 awards for each academic year, and scholars may receive funding for up to two years.