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In schools across the area, some teachers leading instruction were once Baltimore County Public Schools students. (Pictured are BCPS alumni who are now teachers at Chesapeake High School.) Even Interim Superintendent Verletta White is a BCPS graduate. Building on that legacy, the school system offers scholarship loans to encourage even more students to become teachers.

Through the BCPS Scholarship Loan Program, BCPS students can apply for a loan scholarship worth $4,000 per year for up to four years. Renewal awards are automatic, pending transcript verification of grade point average (in good academic standing) and full-time status. The award may be used for tuition, fees, books, or educational supplies.

Applications and a fact sheet about the program are available online. The application deadline is Friday, March 1.

How it works

Graduating BCPS seniors accepted as a scholarship loan recipients will receive $4,000 per year for up to four years. The award may be used for tuition, fees, books, or educational supplies.

Renewal awards are automatic, pending transcript verification of GPA (in good academic standing) and full-time status. After earning a degree from an approved Maryland teacher education program, these former BCPS students will return to BCPS as teachers and role models for students.

Applications will be distributed to BCPS high schools in January and will also be available online on the Baltimore County Public Schools website.

To apply, you must:

  • Be a BCPS high school senior with a minimum GPA of 2.80.
  • Submit, along with your application a resume documenting school and community activities and a total of three references. Two references can be from classroom teachers, guidance counselors, and/or principals, and one reference should be from a community service representative or employer.

A few rules

BCPS scholarship loan recipients must:

  • Sign and return a promissory note agreeing to teach full-time in a Baltimore County public school, one year for each year of the award.
  • Enroll full-time (12+ credits per semester) in an approved teacher education program at an institution in Maryland. Each recipient must declare an education major and commit to teach with BCPS.
  • Maintain residency in Maryland.
  • Begin employment as a full-time teacher within six months of college graduation.

A few final caveats

Recipients of multiple awards requiring service obligations must perform that service in consecutive years until service obligation is met. Failure to maintain eligibility for the award based on GPA, full-time status or Maryland residency, will require recipient to fulfill the obligations of the promissory note. Recipients who are convicted of any criminal charges that would preclude them from teaching in BCPS will be disqualified from the scholarship loan program.

For more information, please contact:

Carla Simons

Supervisor – Office of Certification

Department of Human Resources

csimons@bcps.org

(443)809-4147/5768