Scholarship Overview

These scholarships are available to current paraprofessionals, interested in pursuing teaching that have a bachelor's degree or higher. The scholarships are provided for the following:

  • Certification Application Fees
  • Certification Exam Fees
  • Professional Educator’s Test
  • General Knowledge Exam Fees
  • Certification and General Knowledge Preparation Materials

Application Process

The scholarship application process will be held twice a year in September and March.  To be considered for the program, an employee must meet the eligibility guidelines outlined below and submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: One from a teacher or administrator at the school and one personal reference

The scholarship applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee which will be comprised of District Staff.

September Application Period

The application period for September will open on Friday, September 1st and close on Friday, October 20th.  Applicants will be informed of their application status via email notification by Friday, November 10th.

March Application Period

The application period for March will open on Thursday, March 3rd and close on Friday, March 23rd.  Applicants will be informed of their application status via email notification by Friday, April 13th.

Eligibility Guidelines

Scholarships for Certification and General Knowledge Preparation Materials

1. Current paraprofessional with the School District of Lee County

2. Must have a bachelor’s degree of higher

3. Minimum of two consecutive effective performance evaluations

4. Must be willing to sign an agreement indicating that the scholarship is valid for a four month period and that upon completion of all certification requirements, the employee must teach for the District for a three year period

Scholarships for Application Fees, Certification Exam Fees, Professional Educator’s Test and General Knowledge Exam Fees

1. Current paraprofessional with the School District of Lee County

2. Must have a bachelor’s degree or higher

3. Minimum of two consecutive effective performance evaluations

4. Must have completed the following and provide documentation on the following:

  • Course Completion (Ex., Certificate of Completion, Attendance Record, Payment Receipt, etc.)
  • Preparation Materials (ex., Study Guides, Manuals, etc.)

5. Must be willing to sign an agreement indicating that the scholarship is valid for a four month period and that upon completion of all certification requirements, the recipient must teach for the District for a three year period.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for these scholarships?
Current District paraprofessionals that have a bachelor's degree or higher and meet the eligibility guidelines outlined above are eligible to apply for the scholarship program. Return to Top
When is the scholarship application period?

The scholarship application process will be held twice a year in September and March. 

September Application Period

The application period for September will open on Friday, September 1st and close on Friday, October 20th. Applicants will be informed of their application status via email notification by Friday, November 10th.

March Application Period

The application period for March will open on Thursday, March 3rd and close on Friday, March 23rd. Applicants will be informed of their application status via email notification by Friday, April 13th.

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Can I apply for multiple scholarships?
Yes, you can apply for multiple scholarship areas such as certification exam fees and general knowlegde fees.  You will be able to indicate the scholarship areas of interest on the application. Return to Top
Who will review my application?
The scholarship applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee which will be comprised of District Staff. Return to Top
How many scholarships will be awarded?

There will be 30 scholarships awarded in the following areas:

  • Florida Department of Education Application Fees ($75 per scholarship)
  • Florida Department of Education Certification Exam Fees ($200 per scholarship)
  • Florida Department of Education Professional Educator’s Test ($150 per scholarship)
  • Florida Department of Education General Knowledge Exam Fees ($130 per scholarship)

There will be 67 scholarships awarded in the following areas:

  • Certification and General Knowledge Preparation Materials ($50 per scholarship)

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Who can I contact if I have questions about the program?
Please contact Christine Christensen, Coordinator, Professional Development at [email protected] with any questions about the program. Return to Top