Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship

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Amount
Awarded

$5,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

March 1

Friday
Awarded By:

Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Varies, depending on the number of eligible students and the amount of available funding.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a resident of Illinois.
  3. Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  4. Must be a minority student of either African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Native American origin.
  5. Must be enrolled in a course of study which, upon completion, qualifies the student to be certified as a preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher by the Illinois State Board of Education, including alternative teacher certification.
  6. Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at a qualified Illinois institution of higher education.
  7. Must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  8. Must be enrolled at least a half-time.
  9. Must be a high school graduate, or hold a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This scholarship is available for Illinois resident undergraduate and graduate students who are African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin and planning to become preschool, elementary or secondary school teachers. Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Application requirements for the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship are:

  • Application form
  • Proissory Note
Additional Information: Applications are processed in date-received order. ISAC selects recipients from among the highest scoring qualified applicants on the basis of renewal applicant status and minority student status. Students are considered a renewal applicant if during the previous academic year he/she received funds from the program. ISAC works with the college to disburse funds for this program. The college certifies student eligibility and then submits a payment request on behalf of the student. It may take eight weeks or more after the date that ISAC processes the payment request before funds are received at the college. Recipients of this scholarship must agree to teach in Illinois. If this teaching commitment is not fulfilled, the scholarship converts to a loan, which must be repaid of the entire amount plus interest.

Award Amount: Up to $5,000 annually, renewable for a maximum of eight semesters or twelve quarters. Recipients must re-apply by completing the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program application each year. Note: Individual award amounts are subject to sufficient annual appropriations by the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $5,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, March 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, March 1

Applications are available online as an interactive application from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission College Zone (ISAC) website. As part of the interactive application, students must first obtain a Digital ID. Procedures for obtaining a digital ID will be provided as part of the online application process. Individuals who are interested in submitting a Teacher Education Scholarship Programs application, but are unable to obtain a digital ID from the State of Illinois, should contact an ISAC Call Center Representative. For priority consideration, applications must be submitted to ISAC by March 1 prior to the academic year for which the student is applying. Complete applications received after this date will be considered only if funding remains after all timely complete applicants have been awarded.
Contact: -
Address: 1755 Lake Cook Road Deerfield, Illinois 60015-5209

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