The goal of Clarkson’s Teacher Opportunity Corps II grant is to increase the rate of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged individuals in teaching careers. TOC II grant provides scholarship ($5,400) and cost of living support ($500) to eligible candidates willing to commit to teaching in New York State’s high need schools. This New York State Education Department funded grant seeks to invest in the future by bolstering the retention of highly qualified individuals who value equity and reflect the diversity inside and outside of our classrooms, particularly in high-need schools with recurrent teacher shortages.
Teacher Opportunity Corps Scholarship
Who is Eligible?
Successful applicants who self-designate as American Indian and Alaskan Native; Asian; Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander; Black/African American; and Hispanic/Latino or are economically disadvantaged.
- Pursue and complete Clarkson’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.
- Become certified to teach in your subject area.
- Spend four years teaching a subject in a high-need school district in New York state.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Am I required to teach in New York State?
A: Yes, you need to teach in a New York State school for four years in order to fulfill your commitment.
Q: Do I need to teach in a high-need school district for four consecutive years?
A: Yes, you need to teach in a New York State high-need for four years in order to fulfill your commitment.
Q: What is a high-need school district?
A: For the purposes of this grant, more than one third of the students in the district must be eligible for free or reduced lunch in order to qualify as a high-needs school district.
Current Teacher Opportunity Corps Scholars
Ebi Onwe, MAT '25
Paul Turner, MAT '23
Terry Taylor, MAT '23
Agbor Effiom, MAT '24
Chris Estramera, MAT '23
Celestina Rivera, MAT '23
Past Teacher Opportunity Corps Scholars
Yunhee Lee, MAT '22
Wan Huang, MAT '22
Caleb Hughes, MAT '21
Kaiché Roxborough, MAT ’21 (left, pictured with host teacher)
Sarah Pando, MAT ‘21
Alioune Mbodj, MAT ’20 (Pictured here with Professor Duan, Education Department)
Ping Huang, MAT ’19 (left) and Yunxiao Zhang, MAT ‘19
Rebecca Butler, MAT ’19 (center, pictured with classmates)
Marciano Rosales, MAT ’18 (right, pictured with classmate)
Ying He, MAT ’18 (right, pictured with classmates)
Yibing Emerita, MAT '22
Michael Burgess, MAT '21
Kraig Page, MAT '21
Destiny Perez, MAT ‘21
Lilia Weber, MAT '21
Dylon Peertamsingh, MAT '19
Amelie Obas, MAT ’19 (left, pictured with classmate)
Veleisha Gilet, MAT ’18 (right, pictured with classmate)
Brian Bushner, MAT ’18 (right, pictured with classmate)
Matthew Pinchinat, MAT ’16 (center, pictured with classmates)