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Applications Open for TIP Teaching Scholars Award Program

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RALEIGH — The NC State College of Education has begun accepting applications for its new TIP Teaching Scholars Award Program from juniors and seniors who will complete their student teaching during the 2018-19 academic year.

The program — a partnership between the college and The Innovation Project (TIP), a nonprofit collaborative of 24 public school districts in North Carolina — is designed to create a pipeline of highly qualified teachers for public school districts in rural and semi-rural areas in the state.

In its pilot phase, the TIP school districts will provide $10,000 financial awards to at least 10 highly qualified teachers who commit to work for at least two years after graduating in May 2019 in one of five public school districts: Cabarrus, Johnston, Lenoir, Onslow and Wayne counties.

Applications will close Jan. 15, 2018. District officials will then conduct interviews with applicants during the spring.

In addition to the financial award, students accepted into the TIP Teaching Scholars Award Program will participate in enrichment, summer immersion and professional development opportunities during their senior year to strengthen their relationship with the district where they will work.

Possible enrichment opportunities could include summer employment in the district where they will teach, completing their student teaching in the district where they will work, and receiving mentoring from experienced teachers in those districts.