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Scholarship for Maine’s Multicultural Educators
In-Service (Current) Teachers in Maine’s K-12 Schools

 Project Reach is designed to improve classroom instruction for English Learners (ELs) across Maine’s diverse educational and geographic settings. Through the Scholarship program, Project Reach prepares multicultural educators to work in Maine’s public K-12 schools with students who are ELs.  The project focuses specific efforts on future and current teachers from STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) areas. The project provides a variety of professional and financial assistance to complete the English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement coursework and pass the Praxis II exam. The program is open to teacher certified candidates teaching science, technology, mathematics, language arts and other subject areas in Maine’s K-12 schools.  The program admission criteria includes:

  • Maine State teacher certified,
  • a high academic standard measured by continued professional development,
  • evidence of strong professional standards,
  • US and/or Maine residency,
  • dedication to obtain an ESL endorsement,
  • and currently work in a Maine’s K-12 public school.

Selected applicants will receive award packages of up to $6,000 in tuition waivers to help them become ESL endorsed teachers.  Project Reach will also support participants to fulfill 15 hours of ESL endorsement coursework and pass the ESL Praxis II exam.  Participants may remain in the program for up to two years and will receive mentoring, advising, and other professional development services.  In order to remain in the program, participants must demonstrate progress in the program and continue to meet program requirements.


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