The School of Education is committed to preparing prospective teachers to understand, appreciate, and meet the needs of children and youth in today's schools. This preparation includes critically examining the role schools play in today's complex and changing society. The School of Education faculty believe this preparation results in competent, collaborative, caring, and reflective practitioners who uphold the tradition of social responsibility, academic excellence, and personal integrity ingrained in the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

Grow Your Own Teacher Scholarship Program

*Applications due March 29th, 2024

The Ohio Grow Your Own Teacher Scholarship Program will be accepting applications in early 2024!

  Ohio Grow Your Own (GYO) Teacher Scholarship Program

The Ohio General Assembly established the Ohio Grow Your Own (GYO) Teacher Scholarship Program to
encourage school employees and low-income students to become licensed teachers and to work for
their home district after graduation from a teacher training program.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education will grant scholarships to qualifying individuals who are
accepted into the GYO program and who enroll in a teacher training program. In exchange for receiving
scholarship funds (up to $7,500/year for four years), awardees will commit to teaching for four years in
their home district within six years of graduation.

Leadership staff at qualifying schools are expected to pro-actively recruit their own students and
employees to participate in this program. Each school district interested in participating in the Ohio GYO
Teacher Scholarship Program must attest that it has difficulty recruiting and retaining qualified
classroom teachers.

The district in which GYO Scholarship applicants are employed or enrolled must attest an intent to hire
the GYO Scholarship recipient as a teacher after his or her graduation. The scholarship application will be
open to the following:

  • Individuals employed at a qualifying school who hold an educational aide permit, educational
    paraprofessional license, or substitute license (this includes educational service center
    employees who are assigned to the qualifying school); and
  • Low-income high school seniors attending a qualifying school.

Ohio’s Grow Your Own Teacher Scholarship Program is authorized by Ohio Revised Code sections
3333.393 and 3333.394.

Please visit our website http://www.highered.ohio.gov/grow-your-own and direct any questions about
this program to GYO@highered.ohio.gov