Will you be student teaching in a rural district? If so, you may qualify for the earn a stipend for the Colorado Rural Teaching stipend to help with student teaching expenses. The scholarship is for pre-service junior and senior student teacher candidates who commit to a rural or small rural school district for their student teaching assignment and post-graduation employment. The Colorado Center for Rural Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education seek to encourage talented teacher candidates to student teach in Colorado rural school districts and eventually become a teacher in a Colorado rural school district. The value of the stipend is $2,800 for the semester of student teaching. Stipend recipients are expected to complete student teaching in a Colorado rural school district and then apply and work at a rural school district. If selected as a Rural Teaching Scholar, the recipient will receive half of the stipend at the start of student teaching (first $1,400) and the remaining half (second $1,400) when they successfully complete student teaching and expect to work in a Colorado rural school district. Eligible Applicants Must Meet the Following Criteria: 1.Be enrolled in a teacher preparation program at one of the Colorado institutes of higher education. 2.Be already placed in a student teaching experience within a Colorado rural school district. 3.Be willing to commit to pursuing a career as a full-time teacher in a Colorado rural school district aftergraduation and securing a Colorado teaching license. 4.Have completed all requirements for their undergraduate degree except their student teaching experience. 5.Have earned a GPA (cumulative grade point average) of 2.75 out of 4.00 or above. Definition of Colorado Rural School District: For the purpose of this stipend, any Colorado school district with a student enrollment of 6500 students or less is defined as a rural school district. Preference for student teaching placement will be given to those school districts that are also located 50 miles or more from major metropolitan areas and outside of the Front-Range region of Colorado. View a list of Qualified Rural School Districts. The Application can be found here. Please visit the link for more information about this scholarship opportunity and application deadlines.