Diverse Scholars in Education Program

For Future Teachers

The Diverse Scholar in Education program is a unique program specifically designed for students who have an interest on becoming Pre-K to 12th grade teachers and a desire to commit to leading change efforts to improve educational outcomes for students in urban settings.

Diverse Scholar

The Diverse Scholar in Education Program seeks to support participants through the following: 

  • Four- year tuition assistance for admitted students pursuing teaching careers
  • Academic and social emotional support systems to help assure their success
  • Assigned Mentorship
  • A cohort system for social and cultural support
  • Monthly activities with a focus on the educational profession
  • Participation in innovative research experiences
  • Job placement support


Student MentoringWho can apply?

All applicants will be considered with a preference given to students entering their freshman year at Chicago State University. To apply to the Diverse Scholars in Education program, a student must enroll in one of the pre-service teaching programs. (Early childhood, Elementary Education, Secondary Education; specific disciplines, Bilingual Education, or Special Education.)


Divers Scholar 

Criteria for applicants includes:

  • Offer of admission from CSU Admissions
  • One essay (Why I want to teach)
  • One interview
  • One letter of recommendation (from a teacher, guidance counselor, or principal at the high school form which the diploma is earned)
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid on File at CSU
  • High School Diploma
  • High School GPA of 2.5 or better



Applications are due by midnight on July 15th.

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