Charles Butt Scholarship
Teaching becomes the most desirable profession for our state’s most talented individuals and that cost is not a barrier to being trained in a highly effective teacher preparation program.
Teaching is one of our most critical professions — it creates all other professions. We know teachers give rise to the future. Yet, the majority of parents say they would not encourage their children to become teachers, and the number of college-going students reporting an interest in teaching is at an all-time low. The 2022 Charles Butt Foundation Public Perception Poll shows only 57 percent of Texas parents say they’d like to have a child teach in public schools. Additionally, the number of college-going students reporting an interest in teaching is at an all-time low.
The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers was designed to encourage and support the state’s most promising students to pursue a career in teaching through one of the state’s best university-based teacher preparation programs. Scholarship recipients are selected by the Charles Butt Foundation in partnership with those universities through a rigorous application process.
The Charles Butt Scholarship selects talented and diverse aspiring teachers who demonstrate leadership potential, and ensures they are supported financially and professionally throughout their journey to becoming a teacher.
1. Financial Support: The Charles Butt Scholarship provides up to $8,000 – $10,000 per year, depending on program, for up to four years at 16 university-based educator preparation programs across the state.
2. Professional Development: The Charles Butt Foundation provides ongoing professional development opportunities to Scholars, including the annual Charles Butt Scholar Symposium, an annual conference provided at no cost to Scholars.
3. Networking: Every Charles Butt Scholar has the opportunity to connect with a mentor who is a school leader who has participated in our Raising School Leaders program, and is provided a platform for connecting with the statewide network of Charles Butt Scholars and Alumni.
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