Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program

The Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program is supported by appropriations from the Virginia General Assembly, and availability of this award is based on that funding. The scholarship loan program is an incentive to students interested in pursuing a teaching career in a public school setting in a critical shortage area in Virginia.

Upon graduation and contract employment as a certified teacher in a critical shortage area, a portion of the original award will be forgiven for each year a recipient teaches in the public schools of Virginia. In the event a recipient is no longer enrolled full- or part-time, does not complete the teacher education program, or does not teach in a public school in Virginia, the award reverts to a loan status and repayment must be arranged immediately. Students who are nominated to receive this award will be required to sign a promissory note because of the potential for the award to revert to loan status.

Please note: the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program uses a different application process than most School of Education scholarships. For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Education website.

Available for:

Graduate students


  • Must be admitted into teacher preparation program
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Must be nominated by the School of Education
  • Must meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • Be enrolled at least half-time in a program leading to an endorsement in a critical shortage areas (special education, elementary education, english, middle education, foreign language, mathematics education (6-12), science education, school counselor or health and physical education)
    • Be a male teacher candidate in an elementary education program
    • Be a minority teacher candidate enrolled in any teacher endorsement areas