Conditional Scholarships for Teachers

Alternative Routes Conditional Scholarship Program

The Alternative Routes Conditional Scholarship program is designed to help school districts recruit teachers in subject matter and geographic shortage areas. In return for conditional scholarships, participants agree to teach in specified subject or geographic shortage areas in Washington K-12 public schools. The Washington Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) determines the shortage areas and selects the recipients. The Washington Student Achievement Council administers the program.

For additional Alternative Routes details, please visit the PESB website.

Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Scholarship Program

The Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Scholarship program (Parapipeline) is designed for paraeducators who have at least three years of classroom experience and have not yet earned a college degree. The program provides funding of up to $4,000 per year toward earning an Associate of Arts degree, which is an entry requirement for enrollment in an Alternative Route 1 teacher preparation program. Recipients are expected to continue on to earn their certification and fulfill a teaching service obligation in exchange for receiving the scholarship. The 2017-18 Parapipeline application deadlines are October 31, 2017; March 6, 2018; and May 8, 2018.

For additional Parapipeline details, please visit the PESB website.

Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship

The Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship program provides conditional loan scholarships to Washington State certified teachers who seek to add an endorsement in a subject or geographic shortage area. The Legislature recently amended the law governing the program to expand coverage to more shortage areas. The 2017-18 Retooling application deadlines are September 22, 2017; January 12, 2018; and April 27, 2018.

For additional Retooling details, including eligibility criteria and application instructions, please visit the PESB website.

For more information about the Alternative Routes, Pipeline for Paraeducators, and Educator Retooling programs, contact:

Alexandra Manuel
Director, Educator Pathways
Professional Educator Standards Board