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The University of Houston has been selected to be part of the innovative Raising Texas Teachers initiative based on our rigorous, high-quality teacher-preparation program. As part of this initiative, prospective and current UH students who want to be teachers are eligible to apply for the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. Selected students could receive up to $8,000 a year. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is January 15, 2018. For prospective students, the recommended deadline to apply to UH is November 15, 2017.



The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers consists of up to $8,000 in annual funding for a maximum of four years, as well as ongoing training and development opportunities, mentorship from sitting public school educators, and participation in a statewide aspiring teachers network facilitated by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation.

The scholarship can be used to cover the cost of attendance at UH (including tuition, fees and some other expenses) after other financial aid is applied.

The first round of scholarships will be granted for the 2018-19 school year. Approximately 100 scholarships will be provided in the first year, spread across 11 teacher-preparation programs at the partner universities, including UH. Over time, the scholarship program will grow to include 500 teaching scholars annually in Texas. It is not pre-determined how many UH students will be selected.


selection-test.jpg Charles Butt scholarship applicants from the University of Houston must:
  • Enroll or be enrolled full-time at UH as a teaching and learning major in the College of Education or as an education minor and pursue a teaching certificate. High school seniors, transfer students and current UH students may apply.
  • Be a Texas resident.
  • Have a strong academic record and history of achievement.
  • Have demonstrated peer or group leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in education in high-needs Texas public schools upon completion of the program.

Application Process

  1. High school or transfer students must apply to UH and should do so by November 15, 2017.
  2. Complete the Charles Butt Scholarship application and email it to Patty Siller at by January 15, 2018. If you are applying to other universities that also offer the Charles Butt Scholarship, you will have to fill out a separate application. However, most of the questions will be the same, so save your answers.)
  3. High school, transfer and current UH students should complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by March 15, 2018.

The first round of the scholarship process will be conducted by the UH College of Education. Finalists chosen by UH will be recommended to Raising Texas Teachers for panel interviews, which will determine the selected scholarship recipients.


October 2017
Charles Butt Scholarship application opens.

November 15, 2017
Recommended deadline for high school or transfer students to apply to UH.

January 15, 2018
Charles Butt applications are due. Email to Patty Siller at

March 2018
Students informed whether they move on to final interviews for the scholarship.

March 15, 2018
Recommended deadline to complete the FAFSA.

March-April 2018
Regional selection interviews conducted with scholarship finalists.

Late April 2018
Scholarship recipients notified.


Scholarship-Benefits3.png In addition to scholarship funding, the Raising Texas Teachers initiative will supplement the rigorous education scholars receive through partner programs by providing teacher candidates opportunities to benefit from ongoing professional development, mentoring and feedback from teachers and principals, and connections with fellow Charles Butt scholars across Texas.

This combination of education and supports is designed to ensure teacher candidates practice and develop pedagogical skills in authentic classroom settings, observe masterful teaching in action, reflect on feedback from expert teachers and school leaders, and participate in a community that fosters professional growth.

This scholarship program is unique for providing both financial and professional development support. Charles Butt scholars will join a select group of beginning teachers — in addition to becoming part of the UH alumni network.



Charles Butt scholars must:

  • Remain a full-time student enrolled in a program that will lead to a teaching certificate at UH or one of the 10 other partner programs;
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average*;
  • Participate in Raise Your Hand professional development activities;
  • Receive a letter of recommendation for continuation from the UH teacher-preparation program; and
  • Plan to teach in a high-needs classroom in a Texas public school upon completion of the program.

*UH recommends that students earn 30 credit hours per year to stay on track for on-time graduation.

UH Teacher Prep By the Numbers

  • Top 1%Ranked among the nation’s best elementary teacher-prep programs (NCTQ)
  • 1stProgram in Texas to meet tougher national accreditation standards (CAEP)
  • 99%Of our graduates report being well or sufficiently prepared for the job (TEA)
  • 95%Of our teacher-prep graduates pass the state certification exam (2016)