Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship
During the 2007 Legislative session, House Bill 2185 repealed the former Kansas Teacher Service, Mathematics & Science Teacher Service, Special Education Teacher Service and Teacher Education Scholarship Programs and streamlined these programs into one Comprehensive Teacher Scholarship Program. This service obligation scholarship program provides financial assistance to both students pursuing bachelor’s degree programs and currently licensed teachers pursuing endorsement in hard-to-fill disciplines or master’s degrees in hard-to-fill disciplines or either group planning to teach in an underserved geographic area. Knowing that there is an increased need to employ qualified teachers in hard-to-fill disciplines and underserved geographic areas of the state, this program was enacted to increase the number of license and fully endorsed teachers in the state of Kansas.
Applicants must be:
- A resident of the state of Kansas and attending a Kansas postsecondary institution;
- Accepted for admission to, or currently enrolled, in a course of instruction leading to licensure as a teacher in one of the hard-to-fill disciplines or in underserved geographic area of Kansas; OR
- Currently licensed as a teacher enrolled in a course of instruction leading to endorsement in one of the hard-to-fill disciplines or teach in one of the underserved geographic areas in Kansas;
- Currently licensed as a teacher and been accepted for admission or enrolled in a course of instruction leading to a master’s degree in a field of education as a teacher in a hard-to-fill discipline or in an underserved geographic area of Kansas.
Hard-to-fill disciplines are currently: Special Education, Mathematics, Science, Foreign Language, and English as a Second Language (ESL). Please check the Kansas Board of Regents website to confirm current designations.
Underserved geographic areas are currently: USD 501 Topeka; USD 500 Kansas City, KS; USD 259 Wichita and State Board of Education Area 5 (which includes all of the western 1/3 of the state of Kansas). Please check the Kansas Board of Regents website to confirm current designations.
Amount of Funding Available
Recipients may be eligible for up to $5,514 ($2,757/semester) during the 2014-15 academic year for full-time enrollment, or prorated for part-time enrollment. If a recipient is enrolled part-time, the amount of the award is proportional dependent upon the number of hours that the student is enrolled during an academic year.
The funding will be as follows:
12 + Hours - $2,757/per semester
9-11 Hours - $2,208/per semester
6-8 Hours - $1,654/per semester
3-5 Hours - $1,103/per semester
Service Obligation Requirement
As a condition for receipt of the scholarship, the recipient shall enter into an agreement with the state of Kansas in which they will agree to:
- Complete the required course of instruction leading to licensure and full endorsement in a field of education as a teacher in a hard-to-fill teaching discipline or an underserved geographic area in the state of Kansas;
- Obtain and maintain necessary licensure and endorsement as specified in the teaching agreement;
- Engage in teaching in a hard-to-fill- discipline or in an underserved geographic area in the state of Kansas, within six months of licensure, in an accredited public or private elementary or secondary school on a full-time basis for a period of time not less than the length of the course of instruction for which the scholarship was awarded, or commence teaching on a part-time basis for a period of time that is equivalent to full-time, multiplied by the length of the course of instruction for which the scholarship was awarded.
If a recipient is unable to fulfill the service obligation they will be subject to repaying the amount of the scholarship that they received plus accrued interest at a rate which is equivalent to the interest rate applicable to loans made under the federal PLUS program at the time the agreement was first entered into plus five percentage points. Currently, as of 8/12/14, that interest rate is 11.41%. The Kansas Board of Regents is responsible for making student repay the scholarship if the student does not meet their obligation.
First priority in awarding goes to junior and senior level college students and currently licensed teachers who meet the outlined criteria and provide all official academic transcripts and at least one academic, or employment-related (current teachers only) letter of recommendation, and personal statement of your academic and teaching goal. Funds are rarely available for freshman or sophomore students. This is a merit-based scholarship. The average GPA of recipients has been 3.50. The number of designees is dependent upon state funding levels.
Prior year recipients must submit: the FAFSA and the State of Kansas Student Aid Application each school year to receive funding.
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