California State University Residency Year Service Scholarship Program

The Teacher Residency Scholarship Program was established for CSU students enrolled in programs that meet the standard of quality set by the New Generation of Educators Initiative (NGEI) with the support of the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. The scholarship is designed to serve candidates in CSU teacher residencies and is available to those committed to teaching in a high-need school for two years. Focus should be in teaching English learners, earning a bilingual credential, teaching in urban or high-need schools, or supporting students with special needs. The scholarship recognizes candidates in these groups who demonstrate a financial need and have attributes of merit including excellent academic performance, significant personal achievements, and community service. All potentially eligible teacher education candidates in CSU residency programs are encouraged to apply.

Candidates eligible for the scholarship must make a commitment to teach in a high need school for two years. The basic criterion for defining a high need school is the following: the school is one with 50 percent or more of the enrolled pupils who are socioeconomically disadvantaged defined, per California State Board of Education policy, as students (1) eligible for free and reduced price meals, (2) who are migrant, homeless, or foster youth, or (3) where neither of the parents were a high school graduate. These numbers are reported on the California School Dashboard.

Applicants must:

· Have an interest in teaching English learners, earning a bilingual credential, teaching in urban or high- needs schools, or supporting students with special needs.
· Demonstrate financial need as determined by the campus Financial Aid Office.
· Be currently enrolled in a full-time equivalent teacher credentialing program and must remain a full-time equivalent CSU student during the academic year.
· Be in good academic standing.
· Be in a Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Education Specialist program at CSU that is participating in teaching residency programs.

Supplemental Questions
  1. One letter of reference from any individual within an organization you have worked with.
  2. Please Download, Complete, and Re-upload the Applicant Information Form for the Residency Year Scholarship Click Here
  3. Personal Statement question 1. Why are you interested in becoming a teacher? What motivates you to become a teacher?
  4. Personal Statement question 2. Why are you interested in teaching English learners, earning a bilingual credential, teaching in urban or high-needs schools, and/or supporting students with special needs?
  5. Personal Statement question 3. Describe community service, extracurricular activities, volunteer experience, and/or previous academic honors or awards.
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