Beginning Teacher Scholarships

The deadline to submit completed applications has passed. Recipients will be announced at the 65th Annual TRTA Convention in San Antonio during the Foundation Luncheon on April 10, 2018. The names of the recipients will also be posted on the TRTF website on April 10, 2018 by Noon.

What is the TRTF Beginning Teacher Scholarship?

After considerable discussion, the trustees serving on the board of the Foundation decided to replace its Student Scholarship program — which provided funds to graduating high school seniors and college students — and create a new program that would reward students who have completed their college education and are about to enter the classroom as professional educators for the first time.

The Beginning Teacher Scholarship reimburses applicants for certification tests and test results, and provides funds to help the applicant purchase materials for his or her classroom during his or her first year of teaching. TRTF will award fifteen $750 scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year to candidates who are relatives of an active member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA), who have earned or are earning an undergraduate or master’s degree in education at a Texas university or college, and have pursued or are pursuing their teaching certification exam.

Students must have taken or be scheduled to take the Texas teacher certification exam in 2018, in anticipation of beginning their teaching career during the fall of 2018 or spring of 2019.

The names of the fifteen 2018-2019 TRTF scholarship recipients will be announced at the 2018 Convention of the Texas Retired Teachers Association during the Foundation luncheon. The convention will be held in San Antonio, Texas on April 8-10.

An applicant must:

  1. have taken or be scheduled to take the Texas teacher certification exam in 2018 in preparation to begin teaching in the fall of 2018 or spring of 2019.
  2. be a relative of an active member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA).
  3. have earned an undergraduate or master’s degree in education and a teacher’s certification by August 31, 2018.
  4. submit his or her application and college transcripts by 5:00 p.m. on March 15, 2018.