WV Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program

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Amount
Awarded

$4,679

Awarded

Application Deadline

March 1

Friday
Awarded By:

College Foundation of West Virginia

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a resident of West Virginia.
  3. Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at a West Virginia institution of higher education.
  4. Must enroll full time.
  5. Must pursue a course of study leading to certification as a teacher at the preschool, elementary, middle, or secondary level.
  6. Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher after successfully completing two years of coursework at an approved institution (Undergraduate students) OR, be graduating in the top 10 percent of his/her college or university graduating class or have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher (Graduate students).
  7. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  8. Must be a junior, senior, or graduate student in college during the year for which the application is being made.

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

Description: This award is available to college juniors, seniors and/or graduate students who are residents of West Virginia and are enrolled at a West Virginia college or university. Students must pursue a course of study leading to teacher certification at the pre-school, elementary, middle, or secondary level, and agree to teach at the public pre-school, elementary, middle or secondary school level in West Virginia upon graduation.

Application requirements for the WV Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program are:

  • Application form
  • Essay
Additional Information: The Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program is a state-funded student aid program designed to enable and encourage outstanding high school graduates to pursue teaching careers at the preschool, elementary, middle, or secondary school level. The purpose of the program is to assist West Virginians interested in obtaining a teaching certificate and committed to the pursuit of a teaching career in West Virginia's public schools. Due to limited funding, priority is given to junior, senior, and graduate students. Undergraduate and graduate scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic qualifications and interest in teaching. The applicant must agree to teach at the public pre-school, elementary, middle or secondary school level in West Virginia for two years for each year of scholarship assistance. If the recipient is entering a teacher shortage area, an exceptional children's program, a school having less than average academic results, or a school in an economically disadvantaged area as designated by the West Virginia Board of Education, he/she must teach not less than one year for each year for which the scholarship was received. Recipients will be required to sign an agreement acknowledging an understanding of the program's requirements and his/her willingness to repay the award if appropriate teaching service is not rendered.

Award Amount: Up to $5,000 annually, renewable until the completion of a degree.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $4,679.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, March 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, March 1

Applications are available from the College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) website around Dec. 1 each year. As part of the application, each student must submit a typed essay of 300 words or less describing the state of purpose for becoming a certified pre-school, elementary, middle, or secondary level teacher. The completed application with the statement of purpose must be submitted to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission by the deadline date.
Contact: -
Address: 1018 Kanawha Blvd. E. Suite 700 Charleston, West Virginia 25301

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