January 23, 2020
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The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers has chosen 21 UNT Dallas School of Education students as recipients over the last two years, and now a new group of aspiring teachers eagerly awaits the 2020 announcement coming in April.

UNT Dallas applications for 2020 closed on January 17 and a faculty-staff committee will begin the process of selecting finalists. Finalists then head to an all-day selection experience hosted by Raise Your Hand Texas where they will lead a sample lesson, engage in a group activity and sit for a panel-based interview. Aspiring Teacher recipients for 2020-2021 will be announced in April.

The program is one part of the Raising Texas Teachers initiative. Each recipient of the scholarship has committed to teaching in majority econcomically disadvantaged schools or in hard-to-fill subject areas, such as bilingual teachers. 

“We are so proud of the commitment our Charles Butt Aspiring Teachers have made to teach students in subject areas and schools where, too often, students don’t have a full-time, certified teacher," said Elizabeth Cheek, Executive Director of the UNT Dallas School of Education's Emerging Teacher Institute. "Our Aspiring Scholars were selected because of their leadership capabilities, commitment to education and record of service. And, we have also seen how those same characteristics enrich the campus community of UNT Dallas and our School of Education.”

Scholars receive up to $8,000 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 th Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation.

The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers created a profile for each recipient. Meet the 21 UNT Dallas recipients for 2018 and 2019:

Cristal Flores Elizabeth Gandara Jacqueline Garcia Imelda Gonzales
Isaac Lleverino Vanessa Lopez Judith Madrigal Kimberly Mares
Angelika McTiller Cecilia Montoya Eileen Padilla Ashley Patino
Julia Pughes Marisol Reyna Nathalie Rico Linda Rodriguez
Mariela Rodriguez Alison Sanchez C'Sherica Shaw Tiana Smith
Janeth Villa