The “Grow Your Own Teachers Act” seeks to provide opportunities for educational assistants to pursue careers in teaching in New Mexico by providing scholarship opportunities for educational assistants who may want to attend a public post-secondary educational institution in New Mexico to earn a bachelor’s degree in education.
The program provides for professional leave and scholarship awards to qualified educational assistants. The scholarship is intended to help defray the educational expenses charged by the institution including tuition, fees, books and course supplies.
Students shall contact the teacher preparation program at the relevant institution for scholarship application instructions.
Students shall apply directly to the teacher preparation program at the relevant institution.
Institutions shall make awards to qualifying educational assistants based on financial need. Awards shall not exceed $6,000 per academic year for no more than 5 years.
The scholarship shall continue as the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress at the eligible educational institution, but in no event shall the recipient receive the scholarship for more than five academic years.
The amount of the scholarship award to the recipient shall be based on financial need not exceed $6,000 per year.
The New Mexico Higher Education Department in consultation with the New Mexico Public Education Department surveyed educational assistants regarding experiences, challenges and expectations surrounding the GYOT program.
How do I apply? Contact the institution you would like to attend to learn about their application process and timeline.
Can a student who has completed a baccalaureate degree but does not have educational credientials particiapate in GYOT Scholarship? Yes.
Is the GYOT Scholarship stackable with the TEACH Grant? Yes, both teacher programs are stackable with other aid.
Do alternative teacher licensure programs qualify as teacher preparation programs eligible for the GYOT Scholarship? Yes.
Is the Pell Grant required for the GYOT Scholarship? Yes. The GYOT Scholarship requires FAFSA completion and Pell eligibility.
Is the Grow Your Own Teachers Scholarship available to Early Childhood programs? Yes.
Are Alternative Licensure Program students eligible? Yes.
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