Teacher Scholars Academy

Teacher Scholars Academy
Teacher Scholars Academy

THE TEACHER 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 Teacher 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.

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Up to 120 credit hours of in-state tuition
Up to $8,000 annually for room and board, books and fees

The deadline to apply has been extended to February 15, 2021. Application is found in your MyRed account under ‘Undergraduate Applications.’

Application Materials

Personal Video Essay

Please submit a personal video of your own creation of 5-7 minutes in length equally covering the prompts below. Videos are required to be submitted as a non-searchable YouTube link. Additional video instructions are listed on the application in MyRed.

Video Essay Prompts:

  • How will you use your scholarship to make an impact in education?
  • What or who inspired you to be a teacher?
  • Describe the impact you hope to make as a teacher in proposed content area?


Please submit a resume or activity list highlighting your past achievements in service in your surrounding communities, your leadership experiences, and your commitment to teaching. Only .docx or .pdf will be accepted. Google docs and links will not be accepted.

*Please note that applying to the UNL Teacher Scholars Academy does not also put you into the review process for the Teacher Scholars Academies at the University of Nebraska-Kearney or the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Please see the requirements and application processes for each of those respective programs on their individual websites.


Videos and Resumes will be reviewed by UNL Faculty, staff and graduate students. Finalists will be invited to attend virtual interviews set to take place mid-March. Any changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be communicated with applicants.

Inquiries about the Teacher Scholars Academy can be submitted here:
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Year 1 Highlights

Students completed 360 service hours.
Student have a 3.72 average cumulative GPA.
Students believe degree will assist achieving long term goals.
Students have positive relationships with faculty, staff and peers.
Students can identify and communicate their social identities.
Students have strong desire to make an impact as an educator.
Students believe service is beneficial to surrounding communities.
Students agree that recognizing diversity is important for learning.


  • Join a cohort of prospective teachers across 3 colleges and 5 departments
  • Enroll in the Teacher Scholars Academy seminar in the first semester
  • Participate in mentoring with upper-class students and UNL Faculty
  • Connect with UNL Teacher Education Faculty in the first semester
  • Develop and enhance leadership skills
  • Cohort living other Scholars in one of University Housing’s residence halls during the first year
  • Engage in Nebraska’s communities and schools through service-learning
  • Collaborate with other Scholars to achieve learning goals and outcomes

Selection Criteria

  • High school senior who will be a first-year student
  • Demonstrated leadership and service experience
  • Intention to major in a teacher-education program
  • 5-7 minute personal YouTube video essay
  • Virtual on-campus interviews
  • Desire to learn how to be an inclusive, equitable educator


  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 Teacher 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

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