Introducing the Growing Our Own for BCPS Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers

We are committed to recruiting and retaining a qualified, highly effective and diverse workforce.


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Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) is currently experiencing a major teacher shortage, especially a shortage of teachers who are black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), teachers of special education and ESOL, and women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) content areasThe Baltimore County Government has offered the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc. (The Foundation) a $1 million dollar grant to support the efforts of the BCPS Department of Human Resources in recruiting, training, and retaining BIPOC teachers and women in STEM fields to teach in BCPS.  

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Eligibility and Requirements

Applicants must:

  • be a college student in the Junior or Senior year, a BCPS para-educator, a conditional teacher under contract with BCPS, and/or a career changer studying education between June 1, 2024 and June 30, 2026.  
  • be a student who is black, indigenous, a person of color (BIPOC), and/or a women pursuing a teaching certificate in science, technology, engineering, and/or math (STEM).  
  • provide verification of enrollment in a local accredited two- or four-year  college or university. 
  • have a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA). 
  • complete the Scholarship Fund Application 
  • personally write the Growing Our Own for BCPS Scholarship Application Essay. 
  • complete internships in BCPS schools. 
  • commit to teaching for 3 years in BCPS upon graduation from an accredited teacher-education program.