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TIP Teaching Scholars

As a teacher, you’ll make a difference in the lives of children and adolescents. As a TIP Teaching Scholar, you’ll make a difference in the lives of those in areas that need you the most.

We’re looking for students who want to better the lives of children, adolescents and families in underserved communities — and who want to help us pioneer a new way to supply teachers for rural and semi-rural areas in North Carolina.

The NC State College of Education and The Innovation Project (TIP), a collaborative of 24 school districts in North Carolina, have established a partnership to provide a $10,000 financial award to at least 10 students on track to graduate in December 2018 or May 2019 who teach for at least two years after graduation in one of five public school districts facing teaching shortages.

As part of the first cohort in this new TIP Teaching Scholars Award Program, you will help create a pipeline of highly qualified teachers for school districts that most need teachers. You will also receive enrichment and mentoring opportunities that will further prepare you to meet the needs of your students.



5 Reasons to be a TIP Teaching Scholar

$10,000 Award

Receive four installments of $2,500 at the end of each of the first four semesters of teaching in the district

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Enrichment Opportunities

Take part in free professional development opportunities like the Beginning Teacher Institute

Cohort Experience

Network with other TIP Teaching Scholars and experienced teachers across N.C.

Summer Employment

Have priority for work opportunities during the summer before your teaching commitment

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Each TIP Teaching 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.
TIP is a collaborative of 24 public school districts, but the pilot phase is comprised of five TIP districts: Cabarrus, Johnston, Lenoir, Onslow and Wayne counties
Each district has agreed to make at least two awards. This means that in the pilot year, there will be at least 10 TIP Teaching Scholars.
Yes. NC State will solicit applications in Fall 2017 from students on track to graduate with a teaching license in December 2018 or May 2019.
Juniors will apply to be part of the inaugural cohort of TIP scholars between Oct. 15, 2017, and Jan. 15, 2018.
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 Spring 2018.  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 Stacey Shumake, innovation advisor with The Innovation Project, at or 919-457-3751; or Whitney Richardson, program associate with the NC State College of Education, at or 919-513-7470.

Key Dates

  • Oct. 15, 2017 | Application opens
  • Jan. 15, 2018 | Application closes
  • February 2018 | Finalists participate in Interview Day with districts
  • March 2018 | Awards ceremony for inaugural TIP Teaching Scholars cohort
  • Spring 2018-Fall 2019 | TIP Teaching Scholars engage in enrichment opportunities
  • Spring 2019 | TIP Teaching Scholars student teach in district if possible
  • Summer 2019 | TIP Teaching Scholars attend Beginning Teacher Institute
  • August 2019 | TIP Teaching Scholars begin teaching

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