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VA Teaching Scholarship Loan Program

The Virginia General Assembly provides funds to support the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program (VTSLP)  as an incentive to increase the number of teacher candidates pursuing careers in critical teacher shortage areas as defined in the Board of Education's Regulations Governing the Determination of Critical Teacher Shortage areas. Also, the program serves as an incentive to increase the diversity of persons pursuing careers in teaching.

The critical shortage areas defined for the 2023-2024 program that are offered through our School of Education are Special Education, Elementary Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, and Science Education.

 The completed application MUST be returned to the Office of Academic Programs no later than July 19, 2023.   

Please print the completed application and sign each page in blue ink. Electronic signatures are not acceptable. The VDOE will not accept electronic applications.  A hard copy is required. 

In order to be considered for this program, you MUST be nominated by the School of Education. Do not send your application directly to the Department of Education.  William & Mary may nominate only 3 students from the applications received.  

All applicants must attest to being a domiciliary resident of Virginia and must have maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7. The scholarship award for 2023-2024 is $10,000. 

Sample promissory note.  If selected, the VDOE will send you an original promissory note to complete.

Upon program completion, the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan recipients are expected to teach in the public schools of the Commonwealth in the first full academic year after becoming eligible for a renewable teaching license. They shall fulfill the teaching obligation in accordance with the Promissory Note by teaching full-time under contract continuously in Virginia for at least two years in a school division (i) in one of the critical teacher shortage disciplines as established by the Board of Education; or (ii) in a Virginia public school or program with 50 percent or more of the students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch; or (iii) in a school division designated critical shortage subject area, as defined in the Board of Education's Regulations Governing the Determination of Critical Teacher Shortage Areas. Scholarship recipients who only complete one year of the teaching obligation shall be forgiven for one-half of the scholarship loan amount.