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:

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, which includes The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers, partnerships with Texas universities to improve teacher preparation, and a statewide campaign to enhance the status of the teaching profession.

Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers


The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers consists of $8,000 in annual funding for up to four years, as well as ongoing training and 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.

Approximately 100 scholarships will be granted across 11 partner university programs for the 2018-19 school year. Over time, the scholarship program will grow to include 500 teacher candidates annually.

Click below for more information on partner programs and eligibility requirements.


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 by offering scholarships and providing ongoing opportunities for professional support and networking.

Partnering With Higher Education

Raising Texas Teachers partners with 11 high-quality teacher preparation programs across the state. University partners were 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.

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.

Scholarship Timeline


October 1

Applications open

December 2017 – January 2018

Applications close. Check partnering universities’ websites for respective application closing dates.

March 2018

Students informed whether they move on to final interviews.

March–April 2018

Regional selection interviews conducted with scholarship finalists.

Late April 2018

Scholarship winners notified.