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Future teachers are encouraged to apply for nearly $1 million in scholarship stipends available through the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education (COE) for the spring 2024 semester. Recipients will be part of the seventh cohort of the Grow Our Own (GOO) Teachers Initiative.

GOO stipends are available for students who have been admitted into COE’s bachelor in elementary education and Hawaiian language immersion and master of education in teaching programs (MEdT) for fall 2023, and for students who are applying to the post-baccalaureate certificate in elementary education and post-baccalaureate certificate in secondary education programs for spring 2024.

“I have worked in education for over 10 years in a variety of support positions,” said Renee Rivette, 2022 MEdT admit and 2023 GOO recipient. “The GOO program funding has allowed me to continue my education and take the next step in a career that I am passionate about, and I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity.”

Priority is given to applicants who are Hawaiʻi Department of Education (HIDOE) employees (emergency hires, substitutes, educational assistants) in secondary and elementary school settings and those seeking licensure in HIDOE Federal Teacher Shortage Areas (English; English as second language; Hawaiian immersion, knowledge, language or studies; mathematics; science; world languages). Applicants who are not HIDOE employees or seeking licensure in shortage areas are still eligible and encouraged to apply.

Deadline to apply is October 1

The seventh cohort of candidates will be eligible to apply for teacher licensure from the Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board upon graduation and will be required to teach full-time for at least three years for HIDOE or charter schools in the state.

The application deadline is October 1, 2023 and can be completed online.

An informational session on GOO and other COE programs will be held on Tuesday, September 19 at 4:30 p.m. Those interested can sign-up online to join.

“We are so thrilled and proud to be able to offer these tuition stipends to another cohort of Grow Our Own students,” said COE Dean Nathan Murata. “This would not be possible without the immense support of the Hawaiʻi Department of Education (HIDOE) and Senator Kidani who are committed to ensuring that we are preparing the next generation of school leaders.”

More details can be found on the GOO website or on the recruitment flyer. For general inquiries on the program, email or call (808) 956-4523.

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