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

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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.


 The 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.

Seeking Higher Education Partners

Raising Texas Teachers will grow to support 450 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.

How to Apply


Eligibility Requirements

Any non-profit public or private Texas university with a teacher preparation program is eligible to apply. Click to review Frequently Asked Questions.


Selected universities will be required to:

    • Designate a full-time university faculty member with significant responsibility for overseeing teacher preparation to serve as the program leader. The program leader will:
      • Ensure Charles Butt scholars have access to student services to support their success both as college students and as aspiring educators;
      • Meet with each student once per semester;
      • Coordinate initial screening of possible candidates and provide Raise Your Hand with candidates’ names and applications;
      • Assist Raise Your Hand in planning on-campus events and student travel; and,
      • Write (or coordinate) annual letters of support for continuing students as described in the student selection section; and,
      • Participate in a community of practice, which will meet twice each year to discuss promising practices in teacher preparation and how to advance them.


Application Process

IHEs will submit a proposal to Raise Your Hand as detailed in the RFP.  The proposal should address all elements outlined in Section 3 of the RFP and include any supporting documentation. Proposals should be submitted as a single electronic document through this website. Raise Your Hand will review the proposals and may conduct interviews with IHEs to gather additional information. Raise Your Hand will notify selected IHEs via email.


April 11, 2017: RFP available to IHEs.

May 23, 2017: Proposal submission due date.

June 12, 2017: Interviews with IHEs begin.

June 23, 2017: Anticipated decision day.

Summer and Fall 2017: Institution dissemination of scholarship application to prospective Charles Butt Scholars in cooperation with Raise Your Hand.

January / February 2018: Initial screening of scholarship candidates by IHEs.

Spring 2018: Charles Butt Scholarship Recipients Selected by Raise Your Hand.

Fall 2018: Scholarship Support Begins.


Raising Texas Teachers provides scholarship funding and administrative support to selected universities to recruit top students into the teaching profession.
Please send questions to: RaisingTXTeachers@RYHT.org

Key Dates

April 11

RFP available to IHEs.

May 23

Proposal submission due date.

June 12

Interviews begin.

June 23

Anticipated decision day.

Spring 2018

Charles Butt Scholarship recipients selected by Raise Your Hand.

Fall 2018

Scholarship support begins.