Scholarship for Aspiring Special Education Teachers

  • Teacher, teaching students, Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation Initiative
  • Teacher, teaching students, Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation Initiative

Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers

The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers consists of $8,000 in annual funding for up to four years, as well as ongoing training and development opportunities, mentorship from sitting public school educators, and participation in a statewide aspiring teachers network facilitated by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation.

The first round of scholarships granted will be for the 2018-19 school year. Approximately 100 scholarships will be provided in the first year, spread across 11 partner university teacher preparation programs. Over time, the scholarship program will grow to include 500 teaching scholars annually.

Criteria for Selection of Charles Butt Scholars:

  • Enroll or be enrolled full-time in a partner university program that will lead to a teaching certificate
  • Be a Texas resident
  • Have a strong academic record and history of achievement
  • Have demonstrated peer or group leadership skills
  • Demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in education in high-needs Texas public schools upon completion of the program

Support for Charles Butt Scholars

In addition to scholarship funding, the Raising Texas Teachers initiative will supplement the rigorous education scholars receive through partner programs by providing teacher candidates opportunities to benefit from ongoing professional development, mentoring and feedback from teachers and principals, and connections with fellow Charles Butt scholars across Texas.

This combination of education and supports is designed to ensure teacher candidates practice and develop pedagogical skills in authentic classroom settings, observe masterful teaching in action, reflect on feedback from expert teachers and school leaders, and participate in a community that fosters professional growth.

Charles Butt scholars must:

  • Remain a full-time student enrolled in a program that will lead to a teaching certificate at one of the 11 partner programs;
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average;
  • Participate in Raise Your Hand professional development activities;
  • Receive a letter of recommendation for continuation from the IHE program leader each year; and
  • Plan to teach in a high-needs classroom in a Texas public school upon completion of the program.

Make a difference. Become a Special Education teacher.

To apply you must provide the following:

  1. Completed application
  2. High school or institution of higher education transcript (see application for more information)
  3. 2 letters of recommendation (see application for more information)


Current students are able to apply online, future students, please email completed application, transcripts and letters of recommendation to


October 1

Download PDF of application and requirements 

January 3, 2018:

Applications due

March 2018:

Students will be informed whether they move on to final interviews.

March–April 2018:

Regional selection interviews conducted with scholarship finalists.

Late April 2018:

Scholarship winners will be notified.

Note: Texas A&M's College of Education and Education Psychology is only considering this scholarship for students who are enrolled, applying or transferring into the Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentration in Special Education (B.S.)