Beginning Teacher Scholarships

After considerable discussion, the trustees serving on the board of the Foundation decided to replace its current Student Scholarship program — which provides funds to graduating high school seniors and current 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 will reimburse applicants for certification tests and test results, and provide funds to help the applicant purchase materials for his or her classroom during his or her first year of teaching. TRTF will award ten $750 scholarships for the 2017-2018 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 2017, in anticipation of beginning their teaching career during the fall of 2017 or spring of 2018.

The names of the ten 2017-2018 TRTF scholarship recipients will be announced at the 2017 Convention of the Texas Retired Teachers Association during the Foundation luncheon. The convention will be held in Austin, Texas on March 27-29.

An applicant must:

  1. have taken or be scheduled to take the Texas teacher certification exam in 2017 in preparation to begin teaching in the fall of 2017 or spring of 2018.
  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, 2017.
  4. submit his or her application and college transcripts by 5:00 p.m. on March 16, 2017.

Applications are not available at this time. Please check back in November 2017 to download an application for the 2018-2019 school year.