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NC State Education Scholars

As a teacher, you’ll make a difference in the lives of children and adolescents. As an NC State Education Scholar, you’ll make a difference in the lives of those in areas that need you the most.

The NC State College of Education has established partnerships with several school districts to provide a $10,000 financial award to at least 10 students who graduate in December 2020 or May 2021 and teach for at least two years in districts facing teaching shortages. As part of the NC State Education Scholars program, you will help create a pipeline of highly qualified teachers for school districts that most need teachers.

NC State Education Scholars


Each NC State Education Scholar will receive $10,000 from the district where they work, payable in four installments of $2,500 at the end of each of the first four semesters they teach in the district.

Due to COVID-19, the current recruitment cycle for NC State Education Scholars has been suspended.

Due to COVID-19, the current recruitment cycle for NC State Education Scholars has been suspended.

Students in all subject areas can apply, but preference will be given to pre-service teachers in math, science and special education.

NC State College of Education faculty and staff will screen applicants to confirm they are qualified and on track to graduate with a teaching license. Districts will then interview applicants on NC State’s campus in the spring.  Following the interviews, districts will select the scholars based on their needs.

Districts and scholars will sign a Letter of Understanding or similar agreement to govern the teaching obligation, the payment of the financial ward, and other program components.  The Letter of Understanding will not effectively bind the recipient to complete, or even begin, the two years of teaching, but neither will the recipient receive any payments in advance. Because there are no advance payments, the recipient will not need to sign a note.

Contact Whitney Richardson White, program manager for strategic outreach and special initiatives, with the NC State College of Education.

Why Be An NC State Education Scholar

I am excited to be an NC State Education Scholar because it provides me the opportunity to serve a rural community in the same area in which I grew up, which makes me feel like I am able to give back to those close to home. The NC State Education Scholars program will also allow me to make an impact on students in a rural area while preparing myself financially for the future.

Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor

Technology, Design, and Engineering Education Major from Stanfield, North Carolina

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Whitney Richardson White

Whitney Richardson White, Ph.D.

Program Manager for Strategic Outreach and Special Initiatives
NC State College of Education