Some people look at a classroom and see just kids, just students. When teachers look out over their classrooms, they see the future.

Future accountants and cardiologists. Plant managers and meteorologists. Talk show hosts and tech recruiters. Forest park rangers and magazine editors.

They see the future of strong Texas communities. Healthy economies. Educated citizenries.

Teachers not only see the future —
teachers give rise to the future.

Raising Texas Teachers

Give rise to the future. Teach.

About the 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 development opportunities, mentorship from sitting public school educators, and participation in a statewide aspiring teachers network facilitated by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation.

The first round of scholarships granted will be for the 2018-19 school year. Approximately 100 scholarships will be provided in the first year, spread across 11 partner university teacher preparation programs. Over time, the scholarship program will grow to include 500 teaching scholars annually.

Criteria for Selection of Charles Butt Scholars

  • Enroll or be enrolled full-time in a partner university program that will lead to a teaching certificate
  • Be a Texas resident
  • Have a strong academic record and history of achievement
  • Have demonstrated peer or group leadership skills
  • Demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in education in high-needs Texas public schools upon completion of the program

Support for Charles Butt Scholars

In addition to scholarship funding, the Raising Texas Teachers initiative will supplement the rigorous education scholars receive through partner programs by providing teacher candidates opportunities to benefit from ongoing professional development, mentoring and feedback from teachers and principals, and connections with fellow Charles Butt scholars across Texas.

This combination of education and supports is designed to ensure teacher candidates practice and develop pedagogical skills in authentic classroom settings, observe masterful teaching in action, reflect on feedback from expert teachers and school leaders, and participate in a community that fosters professional growth.

Ongoing Requirements

Charles Butt scholars must:
  • Remain a full-time student enrolled in a program that will lead to a teaching certificate at one of the 11 partner programs
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average
  • Participate in Raise Your Hand professional development activities;
  • Receive a letter of recommendation for continuation from the IHE program leader each year
  • Plan to teach in a high-needs classroom in a Texas public school upon completion of the program

How to Apply

Applications for the 2018/2019 school year are closed. The first round of the scholarship application process is conducted through our partner university programs. Scholarship applicants should submit their applications to the university program leader indicated on the appropriate program website linked below. Finalists recommended by the programs will be invited to participate in an interview.

To learn more about the application process to be a Charles Butt Scholar, please visit one of the university websites below.

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.