Governor's Teaching Fellowship Program: No New Awards
The Governor's Teaching Fellowship (GTF) program awarded $20,000 fellowships to approximately 1200 prospective teachers during 2000-2002. The intent of the GTF program was to create a pool of credentialed teachers who would teach for a minimum of four years in low-performing schools, schools that had difficulty in attracting and keeping qualified teachers.
Unfortunately, because of the financial position of the State of California since 2002, the state has not been able to continue to fund the GTF Program. However, the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) has been authorized to increase the number of awards available in its Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE). APLE provides yearly loan assumption benefits to eligible participants who obtain an initial (preliminary) teaching credential and provide four consecutive years of teaching service in a California public school. Additional information is available on the CSAC's website.
The California State University Office of the Chancellor (CSU) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) will continue to track the progress of the GTF Fellows who were funded in 2000-2002. The GTF Program contact person is Ms. Joan Hippolyte, GTF Program Coordinator.
Best wishes to all of you who aspire to become teachers and serve the children of California.