Members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus (IBLC) are urging minority students considering a career in education to apply for the Minority Teacher Scholarship. Created by the 1988 Indiana General Assembly to address the critical shortage of black and hispanic teachers in Indiana, the program has expanded to include the fields of special education as well as occupational and physical therapy. The program is administered by the Division of Student Financial Aid (SFA) which is responsible for record keeping and for allotting funds to approved colleges and universities.
To be eligible the student must be:
- A minority student (defined as Black or Hispanic) seeking a teaching certification; or any student (minority and non-minority) seeking Special Education teaching certification, or Occupational or Physical Therapy certification.
- An Indiana resident and an eligible U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Admitted to an eligible institution as a full time student or already attending as a full time student.
- Pursuing or intending to pursue a course of study that would enable the student upon graduation to teach in an accredited elementary or secondary school in Indiana or practice as an Occupational or Physical Therapist in Indiana
- Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Not be in default on a state or federally-funded student loan.
- Meet all minimum criteria established by SFA.
More information about the program and appolications can be found at the following link: http://www.in.gov/ssaci/2342.htm .