Grow Your Own Teachers

Grow Your Own Teachers

The “Grow You 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.

Eligibility
  • Must be a U.S. citizen and resident of New Mexico as defined in 5.7.18.9 NMAC;
  • Accepted into an accredited public education department approved teacher preparation program at an eligible institution;
  • Has not earned appropriate educational credentials to be licensed as a teacher by the public education department;
  • Has demonstrated financial need as determined by the institution and the student’s FAFSA; and
  • Has worked as an educational assistant in a New Mexico public school for at least two years and is in good standing with the New Mexico public school.
Eligible Schools
  • Public schools;
  • Tribal schools;
  • State institutions;
  • Special schools;
  • State agencies that employ educational assistants.
How To Apply

Students shall contact their institution for instructions on how to apply for the relevant education preparation program.

Where To Apply

Students shall apply directly through the relevant education preparation program at the instituion. 

Process of Seeking GYOT Scholarship - An EA who is seeking the scholarship must:
  1. Apply to an undergraduate teacher preparation program;
  2. Petition his or her school requesting professional leave for college classes; examinations and practice teaching, which the school is to grant if the EA receives a GYOT scholarship and submit this petition to the teacher preparation program (sample form included),
  3. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to demonstrate Pell eligibility. 
Award

Institutions shall make awards to qualifying educational assistants based on financial need. Awards shall not exceed $6,000 per academic year for more than 5 years.

Duration

The scholarship shall continue as the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress at the an eligible educational institution, but in no event shall the recipient receive the scholarship for more than five academic years.

Award Amount

The amount of the scholarship award to the recipient shall be based on financial need not exceed $6,000 per year.

Grow Your Own Teachers (GYOT) program

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

NMHED Financial Aid Programs Update Webinar 7/10/19
WEBINAR

 

PowerPoint Presentation

 

Grow Your Own Teachers Scholarship Institution Contacts.

NMHED, Financial Aid Division Contact Information
Phone: 1-800-279-9777
Email: fin.aid@state.nm.us

CONTACT US: If you require additional guidance on how to direct your question or are not able to locate the information you are looking for on the New Mexico Higher Education Department's website, please email HigherEd.Info@state.nm.us.