Elevating the teaching profession across Texas through partnerships with higher education, scholarships for aspiring teachers, and a campaign to enhance the status of teaching.

The Raising Texas Teachers initiative is funded by:

Research consistently shows that, within schools, the quality of the teacher makes the biggest impact on student success. Texas students deserve the best teachers, and our teachers the best preparation.

The Texas teaching profession is at a crossroads. While the quality of preparation varies  in Texas, an emerging body of research indicates the type of training and support teachers need to succeed. We can and must do a better job of recruiting, developing, and retaining great teachers. The future of Texas depends on it. That is why The Raise Your Hand Texas® Foundation launched Raising Texas Teachers and The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers.

Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation Launches $50 Million Raising Texas Teachers Program to Elevate Teaching Profession

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation announces the launch of Raising Texas Teachers, a program to provide $50 million over the next 10 years in scholarship funding for students committed to a career in teaching, and technical support for premier Texas teacher preparation programs. Over time, the scholarship program will grow to include 500 teaching fellows annually from 10 university teacher preparation programs.

Read the full press release to learn which 10 universities partners were selected through a competitive RFP process.


The $50 million Raising Texas Teachers initiative is designed to support teacher preparation programs in addressing the needs of 21st-century students and encourage Texas’ best and brightest to pursue teaching as an important and fulfilling profession. The goals of the program are to:

  • Grow the pool of high-quality applicants entering the teaching profession;
  • Advance teacher preparation by supporting the implementation and expansion of best practices;
  • Elevate the appeal of, and respect for, the teaching profession; and
  • Build a critical mass of effectively prepared, committed, and connected Texas educators who are dedicated to working in high-needs schools and subject areas.

Raising Texas Teachers includes a scholarship for aspiring teachers, consisting of $8,000 in annual funding for up to four years through the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers, as well as ongoing training and development opportunities, mentorship from sitting public school educators, and participation in a statewide aspiring teachers network facilitated by Raise Your Hand.

For Prospective Scholars

Now that the Raising Texas Teachers initiative has launched, we are thrilled students are eager to apply for the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. The scholarship application process will open this fall (2017) and be conducted through the partner universities. This round of scholarships will be for the 2018-19 school year. Please subscribe to the Raise Your Hand Texas email newsletter, connect with us on social media, and be on the lookout for communications in coming months from the partner university you attend or are interested in attending.

Partnering With Higher Education

Raising Texas Teachers will grow to support 500 scholars annually, who are entering or enrolled in partner university teacher preparation programs. University partners will be selected through a competitive RFP process based on capacity and commitment to:

  • Deliver a competency-based program that includes a relevant course of study and a substantial clinical preparation component;
  • Place quality teachers in Texas’ highest need schools and subject areas;
  • Use data for continuous program improvement; and
  • Establish strong collaborative relationships with districts.

Key Dates

Fall 2017

Students apply for scholarship through partner universities.

Spring 2018

Charles Butt Scholarship recipients selected by Raise Your Hand.

Fall 2018

Scholarship support begins.