If you plan to become a preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher and are of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin, you may qualify for up to $5,000 per year as part of the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program to pay for tuition, fees and room and board, or commuter allowances, if applicable. This scholarship may be received for a maximum of eight semesters or twelve quarters.
As part of the application process, you must agree to the terms and conditions that are outlined in the application's Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note. By receiving this scholarship, you must teach in Illinois. If this teaching commitment is not fulfilled, the scholarship converts to a loan, and you must repay the entire amount plus interest.
To be eligible, you must:
Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen;
Be a resident of Illinois;
Be a minority student of either African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin;
Be a high school graduate, or hold a General Educational Development (GED) certificate;
Be enrolled on at least a half-time basis as an undergraduate or graduate student;
Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at a qualified Illinois institution of higher education in a course of study which, upon completion, qualifies you to be certified as a preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher by the Illinois State Board of Education, including alternative teacher certification;
Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;
Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by your college;
Comply with federal Selective Service registration requirements.
Complete the application process by:
submitting a fully-completed application for the Teacher Education Scholarship Programs (which includes the Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note),
being certified as meeting eligibility requirements by the college at which you will use the scholarship, and
accepting the scholarship (if one is offered).
Sign the application's Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note promising to fulfill the teaching commitment or repay funds received plus interest
Not be in default on any student loan, nor owe a refund on any state or federal grant;
Not have previously received funds from the MTI Scholarship Program for the equivalent of four academic years, which is the program maximum;
Not receive funds from the Illinois Future Teacher Corps (IFTC) or Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) programs during the same term(s) for which you receive funds from the MTI Scholarship Program.
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