The Indiana Commission for Higher Education offers scholarships for minority students planning to teach in an accredited school in Indiana upon graduation.
Minority students demonstrating financial need may receive up to $4,000 annually. Students who do not show financial need are eligible for up to $1,000 annually.
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) offers the William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship to you if you:
- are a minority student (defined as black or Hispanic)
- are admitted to or already attend an eligible Indiana institution as a full-time student
- intend to pursue or are pursuing a course of study that would enable you, upon graduation, to teach in an accredited school in Indiana
- agree, in writing, to apply for a teaching position in an accredited school in Indiana after you are certified as a teacher and, if hired, to teach for at least three years
- meet other criteria established by the CHE.
Minimum criteria to receive state financial aid, including the William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship, include that you:
- be an Indiana resident and an eligible U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- not be in default on a federal student loan or in over payment status on a federal student grant.
You must complete a FAFSA before you can complete the online scholarship application. It takes five to seven business days from filing for the FAFSA data to be available in the state's system. Therefore, the FAFSA must be filed in time for the student to meet the application deadline.
To renew the scholarship, a minority student who qualified for the initial award must maintain the cumulative grade point average (GPA) required for admission to the institution’s school of education or at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent if the school does not require a minimum GPA. Only first-time undergraduate students are eligible to receive the William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship.
HOW TO APPLY for the William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship