Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars Program

  • Maximum Amount
  • Application Deadline
    December 31, 2023
  • Number Of Awards
  • Contact
    Scholarship Committee
    West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
    1018 Kanawha Blvd E, Suite 700
    Charleston, WV 25301
  • Website Address
  • Scholarship Description
    The Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship for recent high school graduates with a passion for teaching and a history of high academic achievement. Recipients will receive $10,000 per year for up to four years (up to the cost of tuition and fees, room and board, and other approved educational expenses). In exchange, Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars must agree to teach in a West Virginia public school in an area of critical need (math, science, elementary education or special education) for a period of five years after graduating from college.

    Applicants must be a high school senior or recent high school graduate with plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in an approved teacher preparation program in math, science, elementary education or special education at an eligible West Virginia institution, have a minimum 3.25 GPA, be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen, and be willing to attend an award banquet in Morgantown. Students are typically notified about their eligibility in March.

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