Florida Minority Teacher Education Scholarship Program

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually. In prior academic years, there were 135 new awards disbursed.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. Must be a resident of Florida.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  3. Must be a junior and not have already earned a bachelor's degree in education. The student must have earned 60 credit hours or an A.A. degree (special consideration given to community college graduates). The student cannot have exceeded 18 hours of upper-division education courses at time of application.
  4. Must be a member of the following racial/ethnic groups: African American/Black; Hispanic/Latino; Asian/Pacific Islander; American Indian/Alaskan Native.
  5. Must be newly admitted into a teacher education program at any of FFMT's participating universities/colleges.
  6. This award is for U.S. students.
  7. Must attend a participating public or private postsecondary institution in Florida. A list of participating institutions is available online at www.ffmt.org/participating-institutions/.

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

Description: This award is available to Florida resident undergraduate students who are enrolled as upper division undergraduates in a state-approved teacher education program at an eligible Florida institution. Students must be of African, American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaskan Native descent, and plan to teach in a Florida public school upon graduation.

Application requirements for the Florida Minority Teacher Education Scholarship Program are:

  • Essay
  • Application form
  • Official Transcript
Additional Information: Each participating institution appoints a screening committee to review each application. The committee nominates candidates to FFMT's administrative office, which announces its final selection each semester. Each new scholar will receive a congratulatory letter and a promissory note that must be signed and returned within 30 days of receipt. Scholars must keep a copy of the promissory note to refer to the terms and conditions of the scholarship. Scholars are selected on the basis of qualities that would indicate their potential to become good teachers. These qualities include writing ability, communication skills, overall academic performance, and evidence of commitment to the youth of America, preferably demonstrated through volunteer activities. Students receiving the scholarship must attend the Annual Teacher Recruitment and Retention Symposiums and maintain satisfactory academic progress. The recipient's institution determines satisfactory academic progress; however, for this scholarship, recipients must maintain a 2.5 grade point average or higher and maintain full-time enrollment. Upon graduation, recipients are required to teach one year in a Florida public school for each year they received the scholarship. If recipients do not graduate within 2-3 years, or if recipients do not teach in a Florida public school, they will be required to repay the total amount of the scholarship received at an annual interest rate of eight percent.

Award Amount: $4,000 annually, non-renewable. The award is disbursed in equal installments for fall and spring semesters. Students may be eligible to receive the scholarship for up to two consecutive years.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $4,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, January 14, 2023

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, January 14, 2023

Applications are available from the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc. (FFMT) website. As part of the online application, the student must upload an essay of 100 to 300 words that discusses how his/her life experiences have impacted him/her to go into the field of education. Please note: The student must be able to complete the entire application in one sitting as there is no save option; the student is therefore encouraged to prepare his/her essay prior to beginning the application. The student is also required to submit official transcripts to the primary contact at his/her institution. Contact information for each institution is available on the FFMT website by clicking on the "Participating Institutions" link.
About Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance:
Contact Information: Dr. Michael Bowie, Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc.
Address: G415 Norman Hall, P.O. Box 117045 618 S.W. 12th St. Gainesville, Florida 32611-7045

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