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About the Charles Butt Scholarship

About the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers

The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers is available to prospective teachers who are currently enrolled in, or plan to enter, an eligible teacher preparation program at a Charles Butt Foundation Raising Texas Teachers partner university.

Aspiring teachers can apply in the fall of any year between their senior year of high school and junior year of college, or prior to entering an eligible master’s program.


To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be committed to teaching in a Texas public school that is majority-economically disadvantaged school (meaning more than 50% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch) or in a shortage subject area (specifically math, science, bilingual, or special education). Applicants must also exemplify the knowledge, skills, and values listed below. Preference is given to Texas residents.

The Charles Butt Scholarship application will open in early October. Information on how to apply will be made available on this webpage at that time.

Click on the partner universities listed below to view eligible programs:

  • Any residency program
  • Undergraduate Teacher Certification
  • Undergraduate 5-Year Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Teaching ($10,000 available)
  • Early Childhood (EC)-6 Core Certification*
  • EC-6 Bilingual Certification*
  • EC-6 Special Education Certification*
  • 4-8 All Programs Certification*
  • Pre-K-3 Certification*

* Participation in Year Long Residency program is required

  • Master’s of Education with Certification
  • Educational Studies Major
  • Special education program 
  • Residency Program
  • TechTeach Lubbock
  • TechTeach Across Texas ($10,000 available)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching ($10,000 available)
  • All teacher preparation programs with certification
  • Early Childhood (EC)-6 Bilingual
  • EC-6 English as a Second Language (ESL)*
  • EC-6 and Special Education EC-12
  • English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) 4-8 and ESL*
  • Math 4-8 and ESL
  • Science 4-8 and ESL
  • Social Studies 4-8 and ESL*
  • Languages other than English EC-12*

*Must teach in majority economically disadvantaged school

  • Early Childhood-6 English as a Second Language/ Generalist Certification
  • Bilingual Certification
  • Special Education Certification
  • UTeach Urban Teachers Social Studies
  • UTeach Urban Teachers English
  • Degree with teacher certification through the UTeach Natural Sciences program
  • Master of Arts in Education – Residency Apprenticeship
  • Signature Residency Teacher Model

Charles Butt Scholar Knowledge, Skills, and Values

The Charles Butt Foundation evaluates all scholarship applicants on the following knowledge, skills, and values:

Written communication

Oral communication




Passion for education


Belief in the power of teaching

Academic achievement

Persistence and continuous learning

Scholarship Benefits - All charles butt scholars will receive the following forms of financial and professional support

Support for Charles Butt Scholars

In addition to scholarship funding, the Raising Texas Teachers initiative supplements the rigorous education Scholars receive at our partner programs by providing Scholars access to 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 Scholars have opportunities to 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.

Program contact information:

Christina Dunigan, Program Director for Charles Butt Scholarship

Christina Dunigan

Program Director – Charles Butt Scholarship

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