EWU offers new scholarship program for people of color studying to be elementary school teachers

Eastern Washington University has partnered with a Bellevue-based real estate company to offer two research scholarships to prospective elementary school teachers of color seeking teaching certificates through EWU’s Master of Teaching program. .

The John L. Scott Teacher of Diversity Scholarship, set to kick off this summer, is supported by a $30,000 donation from John L. Scott Real Estate and another $30,000 from EWU’s School of Education. Both awards will cover tuition, fees and books for masters candidates.

Applications are only open to non-white residents of Eastern Washington who do not yet have a teaching certificate.

John L. Scott funded similar scholarships last year through the University of Washington and plans to do the same in the Portland area, according to a statement from the university. Seattle, Spokane and Portland have histories of redlining that have imposed residency restrictions on people of color.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in any concentration of study, have submitted an application for EWU’s Master of Education program for elementary level (K-8), and be able to begin the program full-time master’s degree starting June 27.

Eligible applicants must also have demonstrated a commitment to school-aged youth through community involvement and demonstrated financial need as exhibited through an application for federal financial aid.

Applications must be submitted by April 1. An external volunteer committee made up of people of color, including teachers, will select the winners.

More information is available at www.ewu.edu/cpp/education/scholarships.

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