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Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program

Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship ProgramMinority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program is open to minority students residing in the state of Illinois pursuing a degree in teaching at an Illinois college or university. Students may be enrolled part-time or full-time.

Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or above to apply. They must be enrolled in a course of study, including alternative teacher certification, that will qualify them to be certified by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) as a preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher.

Minorities can include African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American. Students receiving the scholarship must agree to begin teaching within one year at a nonprofit Illinois public, private, or parochial preschool, elementary or secondary school where 30 percent or more of the students are minorities.

The scholarship is funded by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), a state organization founded in 1957 to help Illinois students fulfill their postsecondary educational goals. Their mission is to increase to 60 percent the proportion of Illinois adults with a postsecondary education by the year 2025.

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in MAY of each year, and the award amount is usually $5,000.

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