Florida Fund for Minority Teachers
The State of Florida offers scholarship money to potential teachers. To be eligible for this scholarship, known as the Minority Teacher Education Scholarship (MTES), individuals must be
- a resident of Florida;
- be a member of one of the following racial groups: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American/Pacific Islander or American Indian/Alaskan Native;
- be a junior and have not earned a baccalaureate degree in Education;
- have earned 60 credit hours or an AA degree;
- have not exceeded 18 hours of upper division education courses at the time of application
The annual amount of the Minority Teacher Education Scholarship is $4,000. Awards are only disbursed in the Fall and Spring semesters, in the amount of $2,000 per semester. Students may be eligible to receive scholarships for up to two consecutive years.
Students receiving the scholarship must attend the Annual Teacher Recruitment and Retention Symposium and maintain satisfactory academic progress. The recipient's institution determines satisfactory progress, however for the MTES, recipients must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average and maintain full enrollment. If recipients do not graduate within 2-3 years, or if recipients do not teach in a Florida public school, they will be required to repay the total amount of the scholarship received at an annual interest rate of eight percent (8%).
For Fall semester: July 1
For Spring Semester: November 1