Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars Program

🏆 Available: 25
💰 $10,000
⏳ 12/31

Last year this scholarship received 336 applicant(s). $10,000 was awarded to 32 applicant(s).

Scholarship Description

The Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship for recent high school graduates with a passion for teaching and a history of high academic achievement, community service, and active involvement in extracurricular activities while in high school. Recipients will receive $10,000 per year for up to four years (up to the cost of tuition and fees, room and board, and other approved educational expenses). In exchange, Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars must agree to teach in a West Virginia public school in an area of critical need (math, science, elementary education or special education) for a period of five years after graduating from college.

The scholarship may be used at any eligible West Virginia public or private, non-profit college or university offering West Virginia Board of Education-approved teacher preparation programs in math, science, elementary education, or special education. Each year, we will accept up to 25 new Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars from a national applicant pool. Continue reading to learn more about program eligibility, the application process, and post-graduation service requirements.

Award at West Virginia institutions pursuing teaching careers in designated high need fields. Only first-time freshmen can apply. Must have a 3.25 GPA and college-ready ACT or SAT scores. Must maintain 3.0 cum GPA to renew. Must teach five years in West Virginia public schools in designated high need field.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA
  • For residents of the following states: West Virginia
  • Type of institution award is open to: four-year college
  • Award is available to U.S. citizens

Application Requirements

  • Application form required
  • Transcript required
  • Test scores required
  • Essay required

How To Apply

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Donor: West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission-Student Services

Serves as the state-level higher education agency for numerous statewide programs and activities.