The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is urging minority students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate teaching program to apply for available scholarship money.
The scholarship funding comes from the state's Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program. Eligible minority students pursuing a degree with the intent to teach at the pre-K through 12 level can apply for up to $5,000 in scholarship funding toward tuition, school fees, room and board or computer costs.
To be eligible, students must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, among other requirements. After they graduate, scholarship recipients must spend a year teaching at a nonprofit public, private or parochial preschool, elementary or high school in Illinois with about a third or more minority students for every year they receive the MTI funding.