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Grow Your Own Teacher Scholarship

The Grow Your Own Teacher Scholarship is a state-funded scholarship opportunity that supports Educational Assistants as they complete a teacher preparation program that results in a NM teaching license. The UNM College of Education (COE) is a proud partner of this new scholarship opportunity.

What is it? GYOT provides eligible Educational Assistants:

  • A Pathway – for those who do not have licensure, but want to become a NM teacher
  • Funding – up to $6,000 per year, with a 5-year maximum
  • Professional Leave – State-mandated leave from the district

Am I eligible?

Students that are interested in this opportunity must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be a U.S. citizen and a NM resident
  2. Previously or currently employed as an Educational Assistant at a New Mexico public school for at least 2 years
  3. Must be in good standing with the school district
  4. Have not earned appropriate educational credentials to be licensed as a teacher
  5. Enrolled at least half-time in a teacher licensure program during the semester for which you are seeking funding
    Graduate students must be enrolled in at least one course required for licensure during the semester for which they are seeking funding
  6. Current students: making satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
  7. Pell-eligible
    Only individuals that are Pell eligible are qualified to receive the GYOT scholarship because funding is need-based. To determine if you qualify, please fill out a FAFSA and enter UNM Code: 002663.
  8. Current Educational Assistants: petition your district.
    Previous Educational Assistants: complete a verification form.
  9. New students: Apply to UNM and meet the admission requirements and Apply to a designated COE program

I meet the qualifications and am ready to apply for Summer 2020 Funding

Apply Now!

Applications for Summer 2020 funding are due June 21, 2020.

Please note:
The Fall 2020 application window will open in late July/early August and close in mid-October.
Funded students are eligible for funding for 2 semesters in each academic year.

GYOT is brand new and may still be in flux. Because of this, we ask that prospective students please note there can be changes to this scholarship opportunity. COE will do its best to communicate these changes once the state has notified us of any updates.