FCNS Scholarships for Post-baccalaureate STEM Majors pursuing Teacher Licensure
FCNS is intentionally designed for the professional preparation of teachers who have the skills and experienced to be successful in schools in the Four Corners region. As you may know, like many low income and rural areas of the US, our Four Corners region is at a near crisis level for recruiting and retaining highly qualified math and science teachers. Due to these needs, our program awards scholarships to STEM students that want to become teachers and who will begin and hopefully pursue their careers in high-needs schools in rural and diverse communities. Program activities and academic preparation will equip teachers to bring equity and understanding to the classroom, while acknowledging how factors from outside the classroom may still impact student learning.
Students admitted into the MAE: Teacher Licensure program are eligible for this scholarship during their first year in the MAE program. Scholarship recipients will benefit from extra training, networking with other scholars, mentoring opportunities with other teachers, and access to additional classroom resources. In turn, scholarship recipients are expected to teach two years in a high-need school district. Failure to do so will result in needing to pay back the scholarship.
Application for Award Period 2019 – 2020
Application Deadline is 5pm Monday, July 15, 2019
- Must have a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM* discipline and interest in K-12 teaching
- Must have passed PRAXIS (CO) or Essential Academic Skills (NM) exam
- Must be currently pursuing teacher certification
- Two years of teaching in a high need district are required after completion of the program
- Completed Application
- Academic and/or Professional References contact information
- Cover Letter describing experience and/or interest in STEM teaching
- Unofficial Transcript showing Bachelor’s degree completion
- PRAXIS or Essential Academic Skills Scores
Academic or Professional References:
Two listed references with contact information are required as part of the application. One of these references must be a STEM instructor or faculty member that can speak to your potential as a STEM major. The second reference should be able to address the student’s professionalism and potential as a K-12 teacher. Please contact your references and ask their permission prior to submitting your application.
Some questions to consider while writing a cover letter include: What are your interests in STEM?
Why have you chosen to pursue a teaching career in STEM? What, if any, experience and background do you have in teaching or working with children/youth? What, if any, experience do you have in working or volunteering in the Four Corners region?
*Qualifying STEM majors include: biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, engineering, geology, math, environmental science, or closely related major to those listed above.