We Want to Help Teachers Pass the Test... and Pass the Torch
Through our 2018 Teachers Test Prep "Pass the Torch" Teacher Scholarships program, we will award a total of $10,000 to aspiring K-12 educators: one $5,000 scholarship to a recipient planning a career in elementary education and one $5,000 scholarship to a recipient planning a career in secondary education.
Funds will be awarded directly to the recipients to help pay for housing, transportation, books, and other living expenses that financial aid typically doesn't cover, so that they can focus more time on the work involved in becoming a credentialed teacher.
All finalists will also receive a $100 Amazon gift card and six months of free access to any of our Core Plus Online Prep Programs to help them pass the credentialing exams required by their state, such as the Praxis, CSET or FTCE.
To qualify, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or graduate-level teacher preparation program for the 2018-2019 academic year and must be receiving Federal Student Aid or be otherwise able to demonstrate financial need.
Most of us who feel drawn to teaching had at least one teacher who made a huge difference in our lives. Some of us discovered that teacher in a classroom setting, some of us found that teacher in our personal lives outside of school, and some of us were deeply affected by teachers we never even met in person, but only knew through their books or videos. But in all cases, we learned something that changed our lives for the better. Perhaps that's why we now feel a strong desire to teach, too. We know firsthand the power we each have to affect another person.
Teachers Test Prep wants to hear the story of a teacher who had an impact on you, and what you learned from that person that you'd like to pass on to the students you will teach.
Watch our founder, Robert Duncan, tell the story of a teacher who inspired him.
To apply, please download the PDF Application Form below, then email your signed and completed Application Form to email@example.com along with your story.
You can tell us your story in one of the following two ways:
- Video: Record a video no longer than six minutes in which you tell us your story and upload it to YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Email us a link to your video (not the full video file) along with your Application Form.
- Essay: Tell us your story in an essay no longer than 1000 words. Email us your story as a Word or PDF file along with your Application Form.
We're excited to hear your story, and we look forward to considering your application for the 2018 Teachers Test Prep "Pass the Torch" Teacher Scholarships!
If I am awarded a scholarship, are there any restrictions as to how I can use the funds?
There are no restrictions. Recipients have complete discretion in how to use funds. However, our intention is that the funds be used to help pay for housing, transportation, books, and other living expenses to enable the student to focus more time on his/her teacher preparation program.
How do I know if my application was received?
You should receive an automated email response confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive it, check your spam folder. If you stil have not received it, and you are sure your application email was sent to the correct email address, please contact us for assistance.
Who chooses the finalists and recipients?
Select Teachers Test Prep staff members will review all applications and choose approximately five to ten finalists (exact number of finalists is based on the number and strength of the applications received). All Teachers Test Prep staff will then watch/read the finalists and meet for a debate/discussion, each team member making a case for the recipient(s) they have chosen. All team members will then vote, and the two applicants receiving the most votes will each be awarded a $5,000 scholarship.
What is the selection criteria?
Each application is considered holistically, but the largest determining factor is the strength of the applicant's story. If we are inspired by you and your story, your future students probably will be, too.
Are you looking for a certain style of storytelling, e.g. serious, funny, etc.?
No. How you tell your story is completely up to you. Each of us has our own personality and way of communicating. Be yourself and tap into what genuinely inspires you.
That said, here are some general pointers regarding story structure:
- What were you like before you encountered the teacher who inspired you? What was a key difficulty you had, or something you were struggling with? How did you feel?
- Who was your teacher? What was the setting in which you encountered him/her? What was unique or impactful to you about him/her?
- What changed in you, or for you, as a result of this teacher? Can you express the heart of what you learned in a single sentence?
- How did you feel after learning from this teacher? Was there a "domino effect"? In other words, how did the effect of what you learned, or how you changed, spread throughout your life?
- What kind of teacher do you want to be for your students? What effect do you want to have on them? How can what you learned from the teacher who inspired you help you do that?
Is there a preference for videos versus essays?
No. In the end, it really comes down to your own preference and how you feel most comfortable telling your story.
If I record a video, am I being judged on the technical quality of the video?
No. If you record a video, just make sure we can see and hear you clearly. Beyond that, feel free to get creative if you want, but a basic video recorded on your laptop or smartphone is fine, too. What we're really interested in is you and your story.