Paying for College

Minority Teacher & Special Education Services Scholarship

The Minority Teacher Scholarship was created by the 1988 Indiana General Assembly to address the critical shortage of Black and Hispanic teachers in Indiana. Scholars may receive up to 4 scholarships (if funds are available) and may take up to 6 years to complete their certification program from the date of receiving their first scholarship.

Applicant must comply with the following:

  • A minority student (defined as Black or Hispanic) seeking a teaching certification
  • A student that is an Indiana resident and a citizen of the United States
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Not be in default on a state or federally sponsored student loan
  • Must be an Education major – students who are “Education Pre-Major” or “Education Exploratory” are not eligible
  • Student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

There are obligations connected with this scholarship. They include:

  • Applicant is obligated to teach in Indiana on a full time basis for 3 out of 5 years following graduation
  • Applicant is obligated to provide their current name, address and their employer’s name and address to the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI) during the obligation period

A scholar will be obligated to repay the full amount of the scholarship to the SSACI if applicant fails to:

  • Fulfill their obligation to teach or practice in Indiana
  • Complete the Teaching certification program within 6 year period
  • Complete the Teaching certification program at all (i.e., drops out of the program)

Applications for 2012-2013 are filed online, and IPFW will be notified by the state that the application was received.   Applications must be completed by August 17, 2012.