Scholarship Program for New Teachers and Clinicians

The Jose P. Graduate Scholarship Program was created to address the staffing needs in critical shortage areas and to improve the delivery of service to New York City Public School students. This program prepares participants to serve in Bilingual Special Education, Monolingual and Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology, Blind and Visually Impaired, and Bilingual School Psychology. The scholarship program offers uncertified candidates a traditional path to certification through a Master's degree in a traditional teaching or clinical shortage area.

Applications are accepted annually for the fall semester from January through April. Application deadlines are subject to change without notice.

Scholarship Disciplines:

  • Bilingual Special Education
  • Monolingual and Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology
  • Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Bilingual School Psychology


  • Have a Bachelor's Degree conferred by June 30th of the current application year.
  • Have an undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0 or better (Speech-Language Pathology, Blind and Visually Impaired, Bilingual School Psychology, and Bilingual Special Education).
  • Have U.S Citizenship or Permanent Residency status.
  • If you have applied to a graduate school and your acceptance is pending, please submit a written statement to that effect.
  • Proof of unconditional acceptance is required if you have been accepted as a matriculated graduate student into an approved participating program.
  • If applying for a bilingual extension, you must have proficiency in English and a language other than English.

Contract and Service Commitment

Scholarship Program entrants must sign a contract with the NYC Department of Education. In accepting the award, they fully accept the provisions of the contract, which include, but are not limited to, the following terms and conditions:

  • Awardees must meet the standards of the college they attend and remain in good standing in their program.
  • Awardees must complete at least 18 credits per year with a grade of B or better in each course.
  • Awardees shall serve two (2) years for every year the Scholarship is awarded or any part thereof. (i.e., the Scholarship is awarded for one and a half years; the participant will owe four (4) years of service).
  • A bilingual extension (other than elementary) must be obtained if applying for the Bilingual program.
  • An awardee who has failed to commence their service obligation will be required to repay the total year plus nine (9%) interest within two (2) years of the last award semester. A pro-rated repayment schedule shall be established for any awardee who completes only a portion of his/her service obligation within the specified period.

To apply for the Jose P. Graduate Scholarship Program, use our online application to apply during the application period.

Applicants must submit the following supporting documentation with their application submission:

  • Proof of possession of a Bachelor's Degree conferred by June 30th of the current application year.
  • Proof of an undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0.
  • Copies of all New York State or other state teaching certificates, including any Bilingual extensions to the State certificate you hold.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. (Examples: Birth Certificate, Passport, Alien Registration Card.)
  • A completed College Acceptance Form from a participating college or university to which you have been accepted unconditionally as a fully matriculated graduate student. If you have applied to graduate school and your acceptance is pending, please submit a written statement to that effect.
  • Two (2) letters of reference.
  • Pay a non-refundable application fee of $75.00.

For more information about the Jose P. Graduate Scholarship Program, visit us at or email us at

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Implementation of the Jose P. Graduate Scholarship Program is contingent upon the availability of funding and the staffing needs of the New York City Department of Education.

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