The Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship provides financial assistance to Kansas residents pursuing teacher certification in hard to fill disciplines or planning to teach in an underserved geographic area in Kansas. To remain a scholarship, students must meet specific employment requirements after finishing their program. The Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship does not need to be repaid unless the employment requirements are not met. Recipients in 2015-16 received a maximum of $5,514 for the year.
Forms and Procedures to Apply
To apply for the Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship, students must:
- Apply to and be accepted to McPherson College
- Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and receive a result known as the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The FAFSA is available at fafsa.ed.gov . Students should make sure to include McPherson College’s FAFSA code 001933.
- Submit a State of Kansas Student Aid Application. This application is available in several formats and is available at: http://www.kansasregents.org/students/student_financial_aid/scholarships_and_grants
- Sign an Agreement to Serve
To be eligible for the Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship at McPherson College, students must:
- Meet the general eligibility requirements as stated within the “Eligibility for Federal Student Financial Aid” section of the Consumer Information Page
- Submit all forms for application by May 1st of each year
- Be a Kansas resident
- Be enrolled in a program leading to licensure, endorsement, or a masters degree as a teacher in an identified hard to fill discipline or teach in an underserved geographic area
Criteria for recipient selection
To be considered for the Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship, students must be planning to teach in hard to fill disciplines defined as:
- Special Education
- Foreign Language
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
Students may also be considered for the Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship if they plan to teach in an underserved geographic are defined as:
- USD 501 Topeka
- USD 500 Kansas City, KS
- USD 259 Wichita
- State Board of Education Area (western 1/3 of the State of Kansas)
The Kansas Board of Regents determines the recipients of the Kansas Teacher Service scholarship. The Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship is a merit scholarship and priority in funding goes to juniors, seniors, and graduate level student. Funding is very rarely given to freshmen or sophomore level students. There is no minimum GPA; however the average recipient has a 3.50 college GPA.
Criteria for award amount
The actual award amount in any given year will be determined by enrollment status. In 2015-16, students enrolled in a minimum of 3 credit hours per semester may receive $1,103 per semester and student enrolled in 12 or more credits per semester may receive a maximum of $2,757 per semester.
Terms and Conditions
In exchange for receiving a Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship, students must teach in a hard to fill discipline or in an underserved geographic area within 6 months of licensure for a period of equal to the time the scholarship was awarded.
For students that do not meet the service obligation, all Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship funds will be required to be repaid including accrued interest at a rate that is equivalent to the rates applicable to loans made under the federal PLUS loan plus 5 percentage points.
Criteria for continued eligibility
To continue receiving the Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship, students must:
- Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements as explained in the college catalog each semester
- Submit a new FAFSA and State application each year
- Remain a Kansas resident