Ozarks Teacher Corps Scholarship Information

The Ozarks Teacher Corps applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be sophomore level (rising juniors) who have been admitted to their respective teacher education programs and have the endorsement of the teacher education program unit head.
  • Applicants must be students at MSU, MSU-West Plains, OTC, Drury, Evangel or Crowder College.
  • Applicants must be from a rural community in the Missouri Ozarks.
  • Applicants must fully understand they are making the commitment to return to their hometown or similar rural community and teach for at least three years.
  • Applicants must clearly follow the application directions and fully understand the commitment they are about to make for the two-year duration of their participation in the Corps.
  • If accepted into the program, applicants must agree to attend certain OTC training and development events throughout the year (2018-19 schedule TBA).

Students must provide the following application materials:

  • Completed application (to see a list of application pickup sites, view the bottom of this page);
  • An essay on the value of rural schools;
  • A recommendation by their respective teacher education unit head;
  • An endorsement/commitment from their hometown school’s superintendent.  This letter of support must include an “intent to hire if job available commitment” clearly stated in the document.

By applying, applicants agree to:

  • Attend selected seminars on rural education issues;
  • Graduate and become certified within a two-year period;
  • Serve as a teacher-intern in a small, rural school (preferably their hometown);
  • Take advantage of a provided membership with the national Rural School and Community Trust’s Rural School Innovation Network;
  • Attend the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ annual Rural Schools Partnership “Rural Schools Rendezvous”, held every spring
  • Return to their hometown as a teacher for a minimum of three years.  If no appropriate position is available, recipients may fulfill their requirement by teaching in another rural Missouri Ozarks’ community.

Upon selection, participants will receive a $4,000 per year scholarship for their junior and senior years.  If recipients do not complete their teaching certification or program or honor their commitment to teach in their hometown (or other rural school), the scholarship will be revoked.

The deadline for application was Thursday, March 15, 2018.