Virginia's state budget has recently been passed and therefore we received notice yesterday that the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program (VTSLP) is available for 2012-13. The application packet for the 2012-2013 VTSLP is available at the following link.
Please note you must be a Virginia resident, have at least a 2.7 GPA and be enrolled in one of the critical shortage licensure programs for 2012-20123 Unfortunately, VDOE will NOT accept digital signatures so you will need to print and complete the packet. Application packets MUST be received in our office by MONDAY, July 9th . You may turn applications into 3270, Memorial Hall or mail them to: Asst. Dean’s Office, College of Education, MSC 6911, Memorial Hall 3270, James Madison University, Harrisonburg VA 22807. Please be sure to complete all parts of the packet and sign in all required places. Applications received after July 9th, will NOT be considered.
The Virginia General Assembly funds the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program (VTSLP) as an incentive for students interested in pursuing a teaching career in a critical shortage teaching endorsement area. These scholarships, subject to available funding, are awarded annually to teacher candidates, including graduate students and paraprofessionals from Virginia school divisions at an accredited public or private four-year institution of higher education in the Commonwealth, who:
(i) are enrolled full-time or part-time in an approved teacher education program or are participants in another approved teacher education program;
(ii) have maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent; and
(iii) are nominated for such scholarship by the institution where they are enrolled
In addition, the candidates must meet one or more of the following criteria:
(a) be enrolled in a program leading to an endorsement in a critical shortage area as established by the Board of Education;
(b) be a male teacher candidate in an elementary or middle school education program;
(c) be a minority teacher candidate enrolled in any teacher endorsement area; or
(d) be a student in an approved teacher education program leading to an endorsement in career and technical education.
The identified teacher shortage areas to be used for 2012-2013 Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program are as follows:
Elementary Education preK-6
Middle Education Grades 6-8
Career and Technical Education
Mathematics Grades 6-12 (including Algebra I)
Science Grades 6-12
Foreign Languages preK-12
School Counselor preK-12
Health and Physical Education preK-12
English as a Second Language preK-12
We expect 23 teacher candidates from James Madison University will be nominated.
VTSLP scholarship recipients are expected to teach in the public schools of Virginia in the first full academic year after becoming eligible for a teaching license and shall fulfill the teaching obligation in accordance with the Promissory Note by teaching continuously in Virginia for the same number of years that the recipient was the beneficiary of such scholarship. Students are expected to notify the Office of Teacher Education, Virginia Department of Education, in writing of any change in enrollment status and any change of address, date of program completion, military service, and the name of the schools in which teaching service is rendered until the total obligation is satisfied. Students are expected to notify the Office of Teacher Education, Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120, in writing of any change in enrollment status. Complete information about the loan obligations are in the attached application packet and a sample Promissory Note is attached. Please note that the actual Promissory Note will be forwarded to selected nominees along with the VDOE award notification letter.
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