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Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators

Minority Teacher Education Scholarship Program



High school seniors who are members of a minority ethnic group and who plan to pursue an education degree may apply for consideration of this scholarship award. This is a $500 initial award that can be renewed for three additional years.  Applicants are selected solely on high school academic achievement, ACT/SAT scores, a personal essay, and letters of recommendation.




  • 2.8 high school cumulative GPA or higher.
  • Admission to a college program
  • Member of one of the federal ethnic classifications below
  • Completed application must be postmarked by May 1.

Renewal Requirements:


  • Maintain a cumulative college GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Continue coursework toward an education degree
  • Submit copy of the academic course schedule for the next semester and most recent grade report showing cumulative GPA before August 30.

Application Procedure:

Complete and submit the application;  a personal essay; provide copies of the most recent grade report showing cumulative GPA; provide a copy of ACT/SAT result; and two letters of recommendation (i.e. teacher, principal, counselor, etc). The completed packet then needs to be postmarked and mailed by the due date to:



                                                c/o Terry L. Serbin

                                                5013 Northfield Dr.

                                                Monroe, MI 48161


 Personal Essay Contents:


Your personal essay weighs heavily on the committee’s decision. Include in the essay information about yourself and your educational and career goals.  Do not however, merely list activities and awards since these can be listed elsewhere on the application. Instead, help the selection committee understand and feel your uniqueness.  To accomplish this it would be a good idea to write in the first person. Try to make yourself come to life as a person, a student, and as a future teacher.  This is your chance to convince the selection committee that they should choose you for the scholarship award rather than someone else whose application contents appear similar to yours.
Download the application at:  MASPA Scholarship Application