Charles Butt Scholar Biography Submissions

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Welcome to the Charles Butt Scholarship family! We are so excited for your journey to the classroom. To celebrate and highlight Charles Butt Scholars as emerging educators, we feature each Scholar’s professional profile on the "Meet the Scholars" page of our website. We hope you can use this resource as part of your portfolio as you apply for future teaching positions.

Let’s get started on creating your “Meet the Scholar” profile. Please review the entire page to familiarize yourself with the instructions before you begin. If you need to take a break while completing your Scholar Biography, scroll to the bottom of the page and select the 'Save and Continue Later' option.

Instructions for Writing Your Scholar Biography

There is a structure we ask for you to follow for your personal statement. This structure allows us to be consistent with the information we display on our website. Please be mindful of spelling and grammar – we want to present you at your best. Below, you will find guidelines regarding what to include in your statement. Before you press submit, please be sure you have proofread your statement.

Identifying Information


Please provide your legal name, but you may also include a nickname or other name by which you are better known. See this example.

The subject and grade level you are interested in teaching.

Personal Statement

Write a brief paragraph (5-7 sentences) addressing of one these prompts:

  • Explain why you want to be a teacher.
  • Share a little bit about yourself and who you hope to be as a teacher.
  • What impact do you hope to have as a teacher?
  • What unique skills or talents do you hope to bring to the classroom?

This statement should be written in third person - as if you are talking about yourself to someone else. After all, you are introducing yourself to the world! We encourage you to review this Scholar Biography as a point of reference.

Your Scholar Biography will be published on the Raise Your Hand Texas website.

Be sure to proofread your statement for spelling or grammatical errors prior to submission. Once you have written and edited your statement and feel confident that it is ready to publish, please copy it into this “Personal Statement” text box.

Although we do have guidelines, we encourage you to infuse your statement with personality! Don’t be afraid to let your heart, your humor – whatever it is that makes you unique – shine through.

I confirm I have read over my personal statement and feel it is ready to be published on the Raise Your Hand Texas website.*

Personal Quote

Provide a quote or saying that is meaningful to you. This must include the name (attribution) of the source, if known. For example, if you use the quote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” you will need to indicate this was said by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If you cannot find the original source, please type UNKNOWN in the quote attribution field.

If you cannot find the original source, please type UNKNOWN in the field below.


Each Charles Butt Scholar profile includes a professional headshot. Because we aren’t able to take your picture in person this year, we have written detailed instructions and recorded a step-by-step video for how you can take a professional headshot at home using your phone or laptop. Please wear business casual attire for your headshot.

Full Headshot Instructions

Once you’ve taken your headshots, upload 2-3 images here. If you need to, you can scroll to the end of the form to save your responses.

Drop files here or
Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, png, Max. file size: 50 MB.
    If you have any questions about this process, please fill the area below.

    If you have any questions about this process, please contact Christina Dunigan, Program Coordinator, at [email protected].

    The Charles Butt Scholarship Team