Does statute define at least one statewide financial incentive program for teachers of color?

Does statute define at least one statewide financial incentive program for teachers of color?

October 2019

Overview: Eleven states have at least one financial incentive program in statute that is explicitly designed for teachers of color. In addition, at least seven states prioritize teachers of color for already established scholarship or loan forgiveness programs, and at least five states provide incentives for educator preparation programs to recruit and enroll students of color.  

Financial incentive programs are often subject to legislative appropriations.  


Does statute define at least one statewide financial incentive program for teachers of color? Citations
Alabama No. N/A
Alaska No. Except that the Teacher Education Loan Program provides loans up to $7,500 per academic year for qualified teacher preparation program students who have committed to teaching in a rural district. The program prioritizes rural students with an intent to increase the proportion of Alaska Native teachers in rural schools. AS § 14.43.600 et seq.
Arizona No. N/A
Arkansas Yes. The Arkansas Geographical Critical Needs Minority Teacher Scholarship Program provides scholarships in the amount of $1,500 per year for minority individuals enrolled in, or accepted for enrollment in, an approved program and who express in writing an intention to teach in a geographical area of the state in which there exists a critical shortage of teachers. Additionally, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education is encouraged to develop and implement a program to provide incentives to educator preparation programs that prepare minority teachers and administrators to teach in high-priority schools. Ark. Code Ann. § 6-82-1503

Ark. Code Ann. § 6-17-310
California No. N/A
Colorado No. N/A
Connecticut Yes. The Minority Educator Loan Reimbursement Grant Program provides loan reimbursement grants worth 10 percent (up to $5,000) of federal or state student loans for minority individuals who hold a valid teaching certificate and are currently employed as a teacher or administrator by a local or regional board of education. The Minority Teacher Incentive Program provides grants of up to $5,000 per year for no more than two years for minority students in their junior or senior year of a program of study leading to teacher licensure, a graduate student in a teacher licensure program, or a student enrolled in an alternative certification program. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. P.A. 19-117, § 262

Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10a-168a
Delaware No. N/A
District of Columbia No. N/A
Florida Yes. The Minority Teacher Education Scholars Program provides scholarships up to $4,000 per year for each approved minority teacher education scholar who is enrolled in one of Florida's public or private colleges or universities, is admitted into a teacher education program, and has not earned more than 18 credit hours of upper-division-level courses in education. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1009.60
Georgia No. N/A
Hawaii No. N/A
Idaho No. N/A
Illinois Yes. The Minority Teachers of Illinois scholarship program provides scholarships up to $5,000 for minority students who have achieved a secondary grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, are enrolled on at least a half-time basis at a qualified institution in a course of study leading to teacher licensure and maintain a grade point average above 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. 110 ILCS 947/50
Indiana Yes. The William A. Crawford Minority Teacher scholarship program provides scholarships up to $4,000 to minority students who are enrolled as a full-time student at an eligible institution, are pursuing a teacher education course of study and have committed to teaching for at least three years if hired as a teacher in Indiana. IC 21-13-2
Iowa No. N/A
Kansas No. Except that the Teacher Service Scholarship Program, which encourages consideration of minority candidates when awarding scholarships, provides scholarships to students pursuing teacher licensure who agree to teach in an underserved area or hard-to-fill teaching position. K.S.A. 74-32,102
Kentucky No. N/A
Louisiana No. N/A
Maine No. N/A
Maryland No. N/A
Massachusetts No. N/A
Michigan No. Except that the Martin Luther King, Jr.--Cesar Chavez--Rosa Parks initiative for the Morris Hood, Jr. educator development program provides funding for educator preparation programs to increase enrollment and completion by underrepresented students. Plans for the use of funds may not preference students based on race, color, ethnicity, gender, or national origin, but institutions, "should encourage participation from those who would otherwise not adequately be represented in the teacher education student population." M.C.L.A. 388.1881
Minnesota Yes. Grants to prepare American Indian teachers are awarded to state institutions of higher education for student scholarships, mentoring services and other student supports. Minnesota also allows districts to utilize grant funding to provide additional stipends for mentors who are teachers of color or American Indians. Additionally, the Collaborative Urban and Greater Minnesota Educators of Color Grant Program directs the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board to award competitive grants to educator preparation programs in order to increase the number of teacher candidates of color or who are American Indian. The Alternative Teacher Preparation Grant Program directs the commissioner to award grants to alternative teacher preparation programs working to fill the state's teacher shortage areas. Grants can be used to recruit, select, and train teachers who reflect the racial or ethnic diversity of students in Minnesota.  Minn. Stat. Ann. § 122A.63

Minn. Stat. Ann. § 122A.70

Minn. Stat. Ann. § 122A.635

Minn. Stat. Ann. § 136A.1276
Mississippi No. Except that the Teaching Fellows Program provides a four-year forgivable loan up to $6,500 to students intending to enter the teaching profession in Mississippi. The state board of education is charged with administering the program, which includes the formation of regional review committees to identify qualified candidates. The review committees are required to identify and encourage minority candidates to apply. Miss. Code. Ann. § 37-106-77
Missouri Yes. The Minority Teaching Scholarship Program provides renewable scholarships up to $2,000 for minority students entering the teaching profession who meet specific academic criteria. Statute limits the number of scholarships to up to 100 per year. Colleges and universities are required to provide matching funds up to $1,000. V.A.M.S. 161.415
Montana No. N/A
Nebraska No. N/A
Nevada No. Except that the Teach Nevada Scholarship Program provides scholarships up to $3,000 per semester for students enrolled in approved teacher licensure programs. The program is administered by the state board of education, which also determines the award amount. Statute directs the state board to prioritize minority students, among other student groups (i.e. veterans and low-income students) N.R.S. 391A.580

Teach Nevada Scholarships and Incentives
New Hampshire No. N/A
New Jersey No. N/A
New Mexico No. Except that the Teacher Loan Repayment Act provides loan repayment of up to $6,000 for educators with priority given to teachers endorsed in bilingual education, STEM, or early childhood education, in addition to minority teachers and teachers in low-performing schools. Additionally, the Teacher Preparation Affordability Act provides scholarships up to $6,000 per year to students enrolled or enrolling at least half-time in an accredited public education department-approved teacher preparation program with priority given to English language learners, minority students, and students who have declared an intent to teach in a "high-need" position. N. M. S. A. 1978, § 21-22H-1 et seq.

HB 275 (2019)
New York No. Except that the Teacher Opportunity Corps program has been funded by the legislature since 1987. The Teacher Opportunity Corps program aims to increase the participation rate of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged individuals in teaching careers by providing competitive grant funding to educator preparation programs administering recruitment projects that consist of formal articulation agreements with schools and districts with a high concentration of uncertified teachers and or students at-risk. NY S 1503 (2019)
North Carolina No. N/A
North Dakota No. N/A
Ohio No. N/A
Oklahoma No. N/A
Oregon Yes. The Oregon Teaching Fellows Program awards scholarships in the amount of $5,000 per academic year, for up to two years, to culturally and linguistically diverse teacher candidates enrolled at approved educator preparation programs. The program is coordinated by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission. Additionally, the Educator Preparation Improvement Fund was established to provide funding to facilitate school district and teacher preparation program partnerships aimed at recruiting underrepresented individuals, teachers and administrators to work in high-needs schools and subject areas. O.R.S. § 348.295

O.R.S. § 342.971
Pennsylvania No. N/A
Rhode Island No. N/A
South Carolina No. N/A
South Dakota No. N/A
Tennessee Yes. The Minority Teaching Fellows Program provides loans in the amount of $5,000 per year for up to four years for minority students enrolled in a bachelor's degree program leading to licensure. Loan recipients will have a year's worth of fellowship loans forgiven for every year of teaching service in the state of Tennessee. The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation is charged with administering the program for up to 116 enrolled students at a time. Each class level cohort is limited to 35 loan recipients. T. C. A. § 49-4-706
Texas No. N/A
Utah No. N/A
Vermont No. N/A
Virginia Yes. The Virginia Teaching Scolarship Loan Program provides loans up to $10,000 per academic year for qualified minority students, or qualified students pursuing certification in a shortage area or CTE who have been nominated by their institution and are enrolled in a teacher preparation program. Scholarship recipients must commit to teaching in a public school in Virginia in a critical teaching shortage discipline or in a career and technical education discipline or, regardless of teaching discipline, in a school with a high concentration of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch or in a rural or urban region with a teacher shortage. For each year of teaching in a qualified school, the loan recipient has a year's worth of loans forgiven. Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-290.01
Washington No. Except that the Future Teacher Conditional Scholarship Program awards scholarships up to $3,000 per academic year for up to five years to qualified individuals who have declared an intention to complete an educator preparation program with priority given to low-income and ethnic minority students. Students must teach for two years for every year's worth of scholarships awarded through the program. WAC 250-65-010 et seq.
West Virginia No. Except that the Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholarship Program awards scholarships up to $10,000 per academic year to qualified individuals pursuing a program of study that will lead to licensure in a critical shortage field. Statute directs the Vice Chancellor for Administration to prioritize minority students in the selection process. Scholarship recipients are required to teach for five consecutive years in a critical shortage teaching position in the state. W. Va. Code, § 18C-4-1 et seq.
Wisconsin Yes. The Minority Teacher Loan Program provides loans up to $10,000 per year for up to three years to qualified minority students enrolled in a program leading to teacher licensure in a shortage area. Twenty-five percent of the loan and 25 percent of the interest on the loan shall be forgiven for each academic year that a loan recipient is employed as a teacher in a high-demand subject area in the city of Milwaukee and receives a rating of proficient or distinguished as measured by the educator effectiveness system. W.S.A. 39.40
Wyoming No. N/A

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