College Foundation of West Virginia
Up to $5,000 annually, renewable until the completion of a degree.
The number of awards offered varies annually.
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.
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 ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.