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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.

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

Application Deadline: February 3, 2023
  • Any residency program
Application Deadline: April 15, 2023
  • Undergraduate Teacher Certification
  • Undergraduate 5-Year Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Teaching ($10,000 available)
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023
  • 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

Application Deadline: March 15, 2023
  • Master’s of Education with Certification
  • Educational Studies Major
Application Deadline: January 20, 2023
  • Special education program 
Application Deadline: January 28, 2023
  • Residency Program
Application Deadline: December 20, 2022
  • TechTeach Lubbock
  • TechTeach Across Texas ($10,000 available)
Application Deadline: January 31, 2023
  • Master of Arts in Teaching ($10,000 available)
Application Deadline: March 6, 2023
  • All teacher preparation programs with certification
Application Deadline: January 15, 2023
  • 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

Application Deadline: January 30, 2023
  • Early Childhood-6 English as a Second Language/ Generalist Certification
  • Bilingual Certification
  • Special Education Certification
  • UTeach Urban Teachers Social Studies
  • UTeach Urban Teachers English
Application Deadline: February 15, 2023
  • Degree with teacher certification through the UTeach Natural Sciences program
Application Deadline: April 15, 2023
  • Master of Arts in Education – Residency Apprenticeship
Application Deadline: February 15, 2023
  • STEP UP Program
Application Deadline: January 10, 2023
  • 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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