Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers: Second Cohort

Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers: Second Cohort


AUSTIN, TX (May 28, 2019) – The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation today announced the second cohort of those receiving the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers.

More than 370 candidates submitted a written application, and finalists participated in interviews, group activities, and a demonstration teaching lesson before the 134 new scholars were selected. All scholars are committed to teaching in majority economically disadvantaged Texas public schools or in hard-to-fill subject areas. They will receive an $8,000 scholarship each year, as well as ongoing training, mentorship, and networking opportunities facilitated by the Foundation. Raise Your Hand is hosting the first Charles Butt Scholars Symposium, an all-expenses-paid, two-day annual professional development conference for the scholars at the end of May.

“We are excited to welcome the second round of Charles Butt Scholars into our growing network of aspiring teachers,” said Shari Albright, president of the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation. “These students are passionate about making a tangible difference for the future of Texas, and they are eager to receive the ongoing mentoring and professional development that will put them in the best position to be the best teachers they can be.”

The scholarship is part of the Raising Texas Teachers initiative, a 10-year, $50 million project designed to support university-based teacher preparation programs in addressing the needs of 21st-century students, elevate the status of the teaching profession, and inspire top students to pursue teaching.

“We launched the Raising Texas Teachers initiative with the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers and partnerships designed to support universities committed to the continuous improvement of their teacher preparation programs,” said Thea Ulrich-Lewis, director of the Raising Texas Teachers initiative for the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation. ”We also are working to raise the stature of the teaching profession through multimedia profiles and feature stories about the Charles Butt scholars, and we recently began releasing content through the ‘Voices on Teaching’ campaign, which showcases different voices — business executives, parents, students, celebrities, educators, and others — sharing the impact and importance of the teaching profession and specific teachers.”

This year’s scholarships were awarded to students attending, or planning to attend, one of 10 partner universities selected by Raise Your Hand for their commitment to rigorous teacher preparation. Over time, the scholarship program will grow to include at least 500 scholars annually and expand to include leadership development opportunities for the state’s top high school students interested in a career in education. Click here for a full list of scholars and partner universities.

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