Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program
The number of scholarships made through this program, as well as the individual dollar amount awarded, are subject to sufficient annual appropriations by the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor.
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How to Apply (and Obtaining the Application)
Application Priority Consideration Date: March 1
Correcting Previously-Submitted Data
How Funds Are Disbursed
If you plan to become a preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher and are of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin, you may qualify for up to $5,000 per year as part of the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program to pay for tuition, fees and room and board, or commuter allowances, if applicable. This scholarship may be received for a maximum of eight semesters or twelve quarters.
As part of the application process, you must agree to the terms and conditions that are outlined in the application's Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note. By receiving this scholarship, you must teach in Illinois. If this teaching commitment is not fulfilled, the scholarship converts to a loan, and you must repay the entire amount plus interest.
To be eligible, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
- Be a resident of Illinois
- Be a minority student of either African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin
- Be a high school graduate, or hold a General Educational Development (GED) certificate
- Be enrolled on at least a half-time basis as an undergraduate or graduate student
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an Illinois institution of higher education in a course of study which, upon completion, qualifies you to be certified as a preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher by the Illinois State Board of Education, including alternative teacher certification
- Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by your college
- Comply with federal Selective Service registration requirements
- Complete the application process by:
- submitting a fully-completed Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program application, which includes the Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note (in order to receive priority consideration for an award, the complete application must be received at ISAC on or before the March 1 immediately preceding the academic year for which the scholarship is requested),
- being certified as meeting eligibility requirements by the college at which you will use the scholarship, and
- accepting the scholarship (if one is offered)
- Sign the application's Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note promising to fulfill the teaching commitment or repay funds received plus interest
- the teaching commitment for this program must be fulfilled at a nonprofit Illinois public, private, or parochial preschool, elementary school, or secondary school, for which the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has determined that no less than 30 percent of the enrolled students are African American/Black, Asian American, Hispanic American, or Native American
- the percentage of an Illinois school's enrolled students meeting minority status requirements can be found at ISBE's eReport Card Public Site by using the "Search: School, District, and State Report Cards" function to locate a specific school and then clicking on that school's name.
- Not be in default on any student loan, nor owe a refund on any state or federal grant. If you are in default, you may re-establish your eligibility.
- Not have previously received funds from the MTI Scholarship Program for the equivalent of four academic years, which is the program maximum
- Not receive funds from the Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program or the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program during the same term(s) for which you receive funds from the MTI Scholarship Program
The Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program application (which must be submitted each academic year in order to apply for the MTI Scholarship), along with the corresponding Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note, is available online as an interactive application. The online application has many benefits including program information which is available at your fingertips, online edits which prevent errors, elimination of mailing time, and immediate confirmation that your application has been received at ISAC.
As part of the interactive application, a digital ID allows you to provide your legally binding digital signature. Obtaining a digital ID is the first part of the application process and you must have a valid Illinois Drivers License or State ID to do so. If you are interested in submitting a Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program application, but are unable to obtain a digital ID from the State of Illinois, contact an ISAC Call Center Representative.
The online, interactive application collects all the information needed to determine eligibility (including your agreement to the program terms and conditions, as outlined in the application's Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note).
For priority consideration, ISAC must receive your complete application on or before March 1 preceding the academic year for which you are applying. You must submit a new application each year you wish to be considered for a scholarship. Because the number of scholarships awarded each year is based on limited funding, it is possible that not all applicants who meet the March 1 priority consideration deadline will receive a scholarship. You are encouraged to submit your application as far in advance of March 1 as possible. Applications received after that date will be given consideration for the scholarship only if funding remains available after all timely, qualified applicants have been awarded.
Please note: once an electronic application has been successfully submitted, a confirmation page will display to verify the exact date and time it was received by ISAC. For individuals who are unable to apply electronically and receive ISAC approval for an alternate means of applying, the application received date will be based upon the U.S. Postal Service postmark date.
Only one interactive Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program application/promissory note may be submitted per academic year. Consequently, if you need to change your response(s) to any item(s) after the interactive application/promissory note has been submitted, but before awarding takes place in late summer, you will need to submit a signed letter to ISAC's Deerfield office. The letter must clearly state what change(s) need to be made to the original information you'd submitted. These changes will not affect the application “received date.”
Please contact an ISAC Call Center Representative if you have any questions regarding the application/promissory note correction process.
- Applications are processed in date-received order.
- ISAC selects recipients from among the highest scoring qualified applicants on the basis of renewal applicant status and minority student status. You are considered a renewal applicant if during the previous academic year you received funds from the program for which you are currently applying.
- The total number of scholarships awarded in a given fiscal year is contingent upon available funding.
ISAC works with the college to disburse funds for this program. The college certifies student eligibility and then submits a payment request on behalf of the student. It may take eight weeks or more after the date that ISAC processes the payment request before funds are received at the college.
Depending on the college, students may be responsible for payment until program funds are received. Qualified applicants who are awaiting receipt of funds from this program should contact the Financial Aid Office or Business Office to determine the college's policy.
Note that ISAC routinely updates this section as new information becomes available. Be sure to check back periodically for the current processing status.
For the 2013-14 Academic Year
(last updated on March 4, 2013):
The interactive application for the 2013-14 Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program is available, however, the priority application consideration date for the 2013-14 academic year was March 1, 2013. Complete applications received after this date will be considered for the MTI Scholarship Program only if funding remains after all timely complete applicants have been awarded. Be sure to review the How to Apply section of this page for details regarding the application process.
Correspondence regarding the status of your application will be mailed to you within three weeks after the date your application is received at ISAC. Awarding is anticipated to take place in the late summer of 2013.
The process from this point forward for all complete applications is as follows:
- anticipated to begin in the month of May 2013 (and continue throughout the processing cycle), the college's financial aid office certifies the applicant's eligibility to participate in the MTI Scholarship Program
- once ISAC receives the certification from the college, the applicant is notified of eligibility status as follows (the earliest ISAC will send eligibility notices is late summer of 2013):
- Notices of Eligibility are sent to those applicants who qualify as "eligible and funded" (i.e., are awarded a scholarship). Colleges request payment each term for those applicants who qualify as eligible and continue to meet all eligibility requirements, including enrollment.
- Notification is sent to applicants who qualify as eligible but, due to limited funding, are not awarded a scholarship.
- Notices of Ineligibility are sent to those applicants who do not qualify as eligible (i.e., are not awarded a scholarship), as certified by the college.
For the 2012-13 Academic Year
(last updated on December 20, 2012):
ISAC is no longer accepting 2012-13 MTI Scholarship Program applications.
Qualified applicants have been notified of the awarding results.
Effective beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, ISAC offers two programs designed specifically for individuals studying to become teachers: the MTI Scholarship Program and the Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program. A comparison chart provides a side-by-side view of the MTI Scholarship, Illinois SETTW, federal TEACH Grant, and Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois programs.