Grow Your Own Multicultural Teacher Scholarship

Designed to increase the number of minority teachers in the School District of Beloit. The goal of this scholarship is to encourage minorities to pursue teaching as a career and return back to teach in Beloit.

School District of Beloit Wisconsin

Important For Beloit

With extensive national debate about closing the Achievement Gap in education, the School District of Beloit believes having a quality, diverse workforce is a key component to address this issue. In too many schools throughout the nation, school districts struggle with educating a very diverse student population with a less than diverse workforce.

The School District of Beloit not only values diversity, but believes our workforce should be reflective of the students and community it proudly serves.

Additionally, the School District of Beloit believes that it is important for students to see and possibly, have the opportunity to be taught by a teacher who looks like them during their educational experience.

In an effort to ensure a mix of diversity in our professional teaching workforce, the School District of Beloit launched the Grow Your Own Multicultural Teacher Scholarship Program.

Community & Businesses Benefit

The Grow Your Own Multicultural Teacher Scholarship Program not only helps our students but the community as well.

Diversity helps our students to be more globally competitive. Michael Lee, a diversity consultant said, “Diversity in the workplace increased creativity and productivity, promoted new attitudes, enhanced new language skills, expanded global understanding, and helped develop new processes and new solutions to difficult problems.

Mary McCleod Bethune once said, “The growth or destruction of a nation begins in the homes of its people.”

Beloit is our home. An investment in our students is an investment in our future. A small investment today will yield great returns tomorrow for our school district, community and businesses.

Requirements

As part of the standardized scholarship application process, be sure to include:

  1. Essay (300 words)
    Tell us why you want to become a teacher. Please address the following questions in your written response:

    • What activities have you been involved in (paid or unpaid) that led you to decide on a career in education. Include extracurricular activities in which you have participated in during your high school years.
    • Outline your career plan leading to your becoming an educator.
    • Why would it be good for you to return to Beloit to begin your teaching career?
  2. Interview
    The top 3 finalists will participate in an interview with the Grow Your Own Multicultural Teacher Scholarship Committee.

Help Support Grow Your Own

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Growing Your Own Teachers | Amber Ball
Beloit Schools News, Sep. 2015
(Ms. Ball is not a product of the GYO program as it did not exist at the time. She does however exemplify a grand example of what GYO hopes to encourage more of, Beloit Memorial graduates of color returning to teach.)

For More Information

Dr. Darrell Williams
Assistant Superintendent of Administration, Operations and Equity
School District of Beloit
608-361-4030
dwilliams@sdb.k12.wi.us

Tasha Bell | Equity CoordinatorTasha Bell
Equity Program Coordinator
608-361-4165
tbell@sdb.k12.wi.us