The Texas Classroom Teachers Association kicked off the 2014-15 school year by awarding $129,500 in scholarships to more than 60 Texas students pursuing higher education or vocational training. Founded in 2010, the TCTA Scholarship Program, funded by the estate of the late philanthropists Charles and Phyllis Gottlieb, has awarded a total of $464,500 in its first five years.

A Different Type of Scholarship

When establishing the scholarship criteria, TCTA honored Phyllis Gottlieb’s wishes, which were that recipients be those who demonstrate the potential and desire to succeed in higher education but who may not have the opportunity to go to college without assistance.

Rather than looking solely at transcripts and selecting only top academic performers, who often have multiple financial aid sources, TCTA chooses recipients who have faced hardships that make higher education unlikely without help.

Preference is given to students who are the first in their families to seek higher education and whose family incomes do not exceed twice the poverty level.

About the TCTA Scholarship Program

TCTA scholarships are awarded in amounts up to $5,000 per year for tuition and required fees.

The scholarships assist students pursuing courses of study leading to recognized degrees at accredited two- or four-year colleges, community colleges or career/technical schools. Awards are eligible for renewal based on satisfaction of specific academic criteria and availability of funds.

Four of the fall 2014 renewal recipients are beginning their fourth year of college, having been first-time recipients in 2011 and receiving renewal scholarships each year since. They are expected to graduate in spring 2015.

About TCTA

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association is a nonprofit, independent professional association serving more than 50,000 Texas educators. Founded in 1927, TCTA is based in Austin and is the only statewide teachers’ group that limits active-level membership to those directly involved in classroom teaching or teaching support, including librarians, counselors and teacher aides.