About the Scholarship

Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarships ios accredited by College Foundation of West Virginia. The organization is a grant providing foundation where the students are encouraged by their interests and by proving funds to achieve their goals. Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program is an understudy financial aid program intended to empower and encourage understudies to seek after showing teaching careers at the pre-school, basic, center or auxiliary school level.


How to apply for this scholarship?

  • The students applying for this scholarship must have been completed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application to receive this award.

  • Applicants must submit an essay of 300 words or less describing the state of purpose for becoming a certified pre-school, elementary, middle, or secondary level teacher. 

  • Students applying for this grant must demonstrate financial need.


Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarships award amounts to

  • This scholarship provides $5000 per academic year and may not exceed more.

  • The awards are provided depending based on academic qualifications and interest in teaching.

  • Due to limited funding, priority is given to junior, senior, and graduate students.

  • Awards are contingent upon annual funding of the program by the West Virginia State Legislature.


Deadline information

The applications are to be submitted by the end of March 01, 2020. Students are informed to submit their scholarship application and other requirements are to be submitted before the due date. Applications and other information are available online on the College Foundation of West Virginia website


Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a resident of West Virginia.

  • The applicant must be enrolled to pursue a teaching certificate academic program at the preschool, middle, or secondary level in West Virginia in an accredited higher education institution in West Virginia on a full-time basis.

  • The applicant must agree to teach for two years in West Virginia at the public pre-school, elementary, middle or secondary school level for each year of scholarship.