Teacher Scholars Academys

Teachers Scholars Academy
Teachers Scholars Academy

THE TEACHERS SCHOLARS ACADEMY will grow the next generation of diverse educators that will lead the way for educational change. The program aim is to prepare the teachers who will be the backbone of school transformation, reflective thinkers who will continue to grow and develop beyond their degree. We intend that teachers who emerge from the academy will be engaged in ways that prepare students for the future.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Teachers Scholars Academy will support the preparation of exceptional teacher/leaders who:

  • Are effective and confident in facilitating learning for all of Nebraska’s students.
  • Can promote learning in a variety of settings using inquiry, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.
  • Will become a generation of teacher leaders who will motivate schools to innovate
  • Will, in turn, create a generation of students ready to fully participate in and lead society.

Fall 2020 Application Information

Applications will be available on August 1st on MyRed after you apply to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Applications will then close November 1st. However, it’s not a bad idea to start preparing your materials to apply after August 1st. Here is what you will need:

  1. Updated resume highlighting your leadership, community service, or other experiences that highlight why you would be a great teacher
  2. 500-word essay answering the following prompts: Why do you want to be a teacher? What qualities do you possess that make you a good teacher?
  3. 3-5 minute personal YouTube video including a brief introduction followed by a response to these prompts: Tell us about a time when you taught someone something new AND how will the Academy experience help you in achieving your long-term teaching goals?

Inquiries about the Teachers Scholars Academy can be submitted here:
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  • 4 Year scholarship: 30 credits of in-state tuition
  • Up to $8,000 partial scholarship for room, board, books and fees.
  • Mentoring and specialized student support


  • Join a cohort of 40 first-year Prospective Teachers across 3 colleges and 5 departments
  • Intern in Nebraska schools and communities
  • Engage in leading-edge teaching activities
  • Participate in mentoring
  • Develop leadership skills through monthly interactive workshops
  • Give back to the education community through service learning and research
  • Cohort living during Freshman Year
  • Solve real-world education problems through innovative design processes

Selection Criteria

  • High school seniors who will be a first-year student
  • Demonstrated good academic performance
  • Students intending to major in a teacher education program
  • Resume
  • Essay
  • 3-5 minute personal video
  • On campus interviews


  1. Meet all teaching program requirements and courses as determined by your approved teacher preparation major and course plan, on an adequate progression timeline as determined by the Faculty and Academic Advisors
  2. Complete service and research requirements as determined by the Coordinator and Faculty
  3. Attend all workshops and learning opportunities as determined by the Coordinator and Faculty
  4. Participate in all seminars associated with the Academy as determined by the Coordinator and Faculty; register for Teacher Scholars Academy section of EDPS 097 for 0 credit hours during New Student Enrollment

For more details, please see the 2019-2020 Teachers Scholars Academy Scholarship Details

Qualifying Majors


  • Special Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Inclusive Early Childhood


  • Agriculture
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Foreign Languages
  • Business, Marketing, and Information Technology
  • Family Consumer Science
  • Music
  • Skilled and Technical Sciences
  • Special Education
  • Science
  • Social Sciences


Braden Foreman Teachers Scholars Academy Coordinator

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