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

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The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers is designed to encourage the best and brightest students to consider a future in the teaching profession. The scholarship consists of $8,000-$10,000 in annual funding for up to four years, as well as ongoing professional development opportunities, mentorship from sitting public school educators, and participation in a statewide aspiring teachers network facilitated by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation.

“To improve academic achievement, it is critical that Texas elevate the status of the teaching profession, strengthen the existing pool of aspiring teachers, and inspire our most talented high school graduates to consider a career in teaching.”


Over 200 impressive and diverse students from across the state have been awarded the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. These are their stories.

Raising Texas Teachers

Research shows teachers are the most important in school determinant of student achievement. With 5.4 million students in Texas public schools, the future of our state depends on the success of our teachers. For this reason, the Raising Texas Teachers initiative aims to ensure every student has an effective teacher by recruiting, training, and supporting top teacher candidates.

Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.
Andy Rooney
Radio and Television Writer
I touch the future. I teach.
Christa McAuliffe
Teacher and Astronaut
The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
Mark Van Doren
Writer and Critic
The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character.
Dorothea Dix
Teacher, Author, and Activist
I’ve got a friend who is a lion tamer. He used to be a school teacher till he lost his nerve.
Les Dawson
Actor, Comedian, and Writer
Teaching is the essential profession, the one that makes all other professions possible.
David Haselkorn
Author and Education Expert
98% of people say a teacher can change the course of a student’s life.
ING Foundation survey
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Raising Texas Teachers Media Kit

This kit contains a news release, the Raising Texas Teachers scholarship program brochure, downloadable Raise Your Hand Texas and Raising Texas Teachers logos, a map showing the location of the university teacher preparation programs selected for the initiative, and downloadable b-roll video and photos reflective of the teaching profession.

Program Director, Raising Texas Teachers

Thea Ulrich-Lewis

(512) 617-2133

Raise Your Hand Texas

1005 Congress Ave. Ste. 100
Austin, TX 78701