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Grow Your Own Teachers Scholarship

The Grow Your Own Teachers Scholarship covers tuition, fees, and other educational related expenses for students who are employed as educational assistants in a public school who are pursuing a teacher preparation program.

The Grow Your Own Teachers Scholarship (GYOT) encourages educational assistants (EA) employed at a public school to enroll and be accepted into an accredited public education department approved teacher preparation program at CNM. The Grow Your Own Teachers Scholarship covers tuition, fees, and other educational related expenses based on enrollment. This scholarship is awarded in Fall and Spring terms only. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students who have been employed as Educational Assistants for two years and are in good employment standing with a New Mexico public school
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and resident of New Mexico
  • Accepted into an accredited public education department approved teacher preparation program at CNM
  • Has not earned appropriate educational credentials to be licensed as a teacher by the public education department
  • Has demonstrated financial need as determined by the institution and the student's FAFSA

How to Apply

To apply for the Grow Your Own Teacher Scholarship, students will submit an application via the CNM Scholarship application

Process of Seeking GYOT Scholarship - An EA who is seeking the scholarship must:

  1. Apply to an undergraduate teacher preparation program;
  2. Petition his or her school requesting professional leave for college classes; examinations and practice teaching, which the school is to grant if the EA receives a GYOT scholarship and submit this petition to the teacher preparation program (sample form included),
  3. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to demonstrate Pell eligibility.

Award

CNM shall make awards to qualifying educational assistants based on financial need. 

Duration

The scholarship shall continue as the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress at CNM, but in no event shall the recipient receive the scholarship for more than five academic years.