JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Who Should Apply

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) administers the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program to encourage students to become teachers. The MTI Scholarship is for minority students who plan to teach in a nonprofit Illinois public, private or parochial preschool, elementary or secondary school that has no less than a 30 percent minority student enrollment, or – for those receiving the scholarship as a qualified bilingual minority applicant – in a transitional bilingual education program or in a school in which at least 20 English learner students in the same language classification are enrolled.

The program has specific eligibility requirements and award determination criteria. One of the provisions for this scholarship is that after graduation or termination of enrollment, you must teach according to the requirements of the scholarship within a certain time frame, or the scholarship becomes a loan.

Read all the information provided with the online application to learn about this teacher scholarship program. Talk to your college advisor about your plans to become a teacher and talk to the financial aid counselor on your campus to learn about the application and eligibility requirements, deadlines, and the teaching requirement you must fulfill if you are awarded a scholarship.

Becoming a teacher is a significant educational commitment. Accepting this scholarship is also a serious financial commitment, because if the teaching requirement for the scholarship received is not completed, you will be left with a loan that must be repaid. If this scholarship is not a suitable option for you, we encourage you to investigate other sources of financial aid.