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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 for Aspiring Teachers application is closed for the 24-25 school year. Applications for the 25-26 school year will open in October 2024.

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

  • Any residency program for undergraduate teacher certification including:  all EC-6 Core Certification programs (Bilingual, ESL, and Special Education), 7-12 certification programs in history, mathematics, ELAR and life science with additional certification in bilingual, ESL, and/or Special Education, and all level certification in music, Spanish, art, or PE with additional certification in bilingual, ESL, and/or special education.
  •  Participation in Year Long Residency program is required

Willingness and commitment to adhere to university courses and teaching requirements.

  • Undergraduate Teacher Certification
  • Undergraduate 5-Year Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Teaching with Certification ($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

Participation in a year long residency program and a commitment to pursuing a teaching career in Texas is required

  • EC-6 Core Subjects
  • EC-6 Core Subjects with ESL
  • EC-6 Core Subjects with SPED
  • EC-6 Core Subjects with SPED and ESL
  • Special education program 

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Admission into TAMUC’s undergraduate teacher preparation program
  • Planning to teach in a Texas public school
  • Seeking certification in the following areas:
    • EC-6 certifications (eligible for additional $2,000 for summer courses):
      • Generalist
      • with SPED
      • with bilingual
    • 4-8 Certification areas:
      • Math
      • Science
      • Math/Science
      • ELAR

Students desiring to be admitted into TAMUT to become a certified teacher in Texas.

  • Bachelor of Science in Education & Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
    • EC-6 Core Content
  • Bachelor of Science in Content Areas with Certification:
    • English with ELAR 4-8 & 7-12
    • Biology with Science 4-8 or Life/Composite Science 7-12
    • Social Studies 4-8 or History/Social Studies 7-12
    • Mathematics 4-8 & 7-12
  • Early Childhood EC-6 ESL Certification*
  • * Participation in Year Long Residency is required
  • Freshman and/or Sophomore students in Texas Tech desiring to be admitted into TechTeach to become a certified teacher in Texas 
  • Students in TechTeach LubbockLiving in, or within driving distance, of Lubbock while attending school
  • Students in TechTeach Across TexasNot living in, or within driving distance, of Lubbock while attending school
  • Students in TechTeach 2+1 ($10,000 available): Accelerated pace, 1 year program (July 2024-June 2025)
Education Minors are not permitted at this time, even if some coursework is coded as being within TechTeach. 
  • Master of Arts in Teaching ($10,000 available)

Undergraduate Initial Certification Programs

  • EC-6 Generalist
  • EC-6 Bilingual Generalist
  • EC-6 Generalist +SPED and ESL Supplemental
  • EC-12 Special Education
  • 4-8 Math
  • 4-8 Science
  • 4-8 Social Studies
  • 4-8 English
  • 7-12 English
  • 7-12 History
  • 7-12 Social Studies
  • Early Childhood (EC)-6 Bilingual
  • Early Childhood (EC)-6 Certification
  • 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

Certification through the UTeach Dallas Program in one of the following certification areas:

  • 4-8 Science
  • 7-12 Science
  • 7-12 Chemistry
  • 7-12 Life Science
  • 6-12 Physical Science
  • 4-8 Math
  • 7-12 Math
  • 8-12 Computer Science


  • B.S. in Education Concentrations:
    • Elementary ESL
    • Elementary Bilingual
    • Special Education
    • Middle Grades Generalist 
    • Middle Grades Bilingual
    • Middle Grades Math 
    • Middle Grades Math/Science 
    • Middle Grades ELAR 
    • Middle Grades ELAR/Social Studies


  • Master of Arts in Education with initial teacher certification (Residency Apprenticeship)

Applicants must be either high school seniors or UT RGV freshman at the time of application.

  • Year-Long Residency Program
  • STEP UP Program
  • 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

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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