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Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, an individual must:

  • Be employed (full time) by Saint Louis Public Schools (SLPS)
  • Posses a Missouri certificate of license to teach in one of four areas in which Certificates of License to teach are granted by the State of Missouri – Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)**:
    • Administration;
    • Career (Vocational) Education;
    • Professional; and
    • Student Services
    • Individuals whose sole license is designated by DESE as “Provisional,” “Temporary” or “Substitute” are not eligible. Individuals whose sole license is in Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) are not eligible.
  • Have served one continuous year (12 months) of employment with SLPS in any capacity. If an individual incurs a break in service with SLPS, the individual must serve another continuous year (12 months) after their newly assigned appointment date.
  • Must be in good standing with the Fund as to the requirements on all previous scholarships and or other Fund assistance.

Eligibility does not create a right for anyone to receive a scholarship. In addition to the above eligibility criteria, other guidelines and rules apply to the evaluation of applications for scholarships and to the granting of scholarships by the Fund. Scholarships are awarded by the Fund at its complete discretion. 

Within each of the four certificate classifications described above, the individual’s license may vary as to a specific subject or grade level. For example, early childhood, elementary, middle school subject-specific, high-school specific, vocal music, special education, school psychologist, etc. Furthermore, within each classification certificates can be classified with terminology providing an indication of the length of time the certificate is in effect. These classifications are currently: Initial, Transition, Career Continuous, Provisional, Temporary, Substitute, or Lifetime (issuance of Lifetime ended in 1988).