How It Works

How It Works

The Minority Teacher Education Scholarship (MTES) is offered to more than 40 institutions throughout the state of Florida.  All of these institutions have State-Approved Educator Preparation Programs.  Only institutions with state-approved programs can participate with the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc.  For a complete list of state-approved programs, please visit the Florida Department of Education.

An applicant must complete the online application, submit an essay with the application and send official transcripts to the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers.  An application is only complete if all 3 items have been received.  If an applicant is approved, the student will receive an electronic notification from FFMT along with a promissory note that must be completed within 30 days of notification.  Failure to complete the note is considered a rejection of the award and that student must reapply.

By completing the promissory note, a student is agreeing that he/she will:

  • Maintain full-time enrollment of at least 12 credit hours for undergraduates, and 9 credit hours for graduate students
  • Maintain an overall and semester GPA of at least 2.50
  • Attended the annual symposium
  • Keep FFMT informed of any and all changes of contact information and most importantly
  • Teach in a Florida public school for a time equivalent to the number of years funding was received

If a student does not maintain academic eligibility or does not attend the mandatory symposium, the student will become ineligible to receive aid from FFMT.  If a student does not teach, he/she will be required to repay the funds received to FFMT at a rate of 8% annually.  Failure to repay the funds will result in the students' names being submitted to a collections agency.

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