Your own classroom is calling. We’re here to help you answer the call.
If you are a Houston ISD paraprofessional eager to start your journey as a licensed K–12 educator, or a working professional ready to make the switch to a more meaningful career in the classroom, WGU is here to help you achieve your goal. Designed to fit the lives of busy adults, named #1 for quality and value by the National Council on Teacher Quality, and the top school in the nation for graduating new STEM teachers, WGU's AAQEP- and CAEP-accredited Teachers College has the flexible, affordable, highly respected teacher certification programs you are looking for.
The Houston ISD Paraprofessional Scholarship is worth up to $4,000 and can be applied toward any of WGU’s Teachers College degree programs leading to teacher licensure. At WGU, you complete courses as soon as you can prove mastery of the material, making it possible to graduate faster—and because you pay tuition per term rather than per credit or course, if you graduate faster you can save both time and money. And you’ll benefit from hands-on, in-classroom observation and student teaching experiences at a school near you. WGU will help you arrange this in-classroom experience, an opportunity that our graduates consistently call invaluable in preparing them to lead their own classrooms. This scholarships includes a $1,500 stipend that will be applied to this demonstration teaching term.
Scholarship valued up to:
This scholarship will be credited to your account at the rate of $625 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms, with an additional $1,500 stipend for the demonstration teaching term.
Interested in this scholarship?
The first step is to apply for admission.
Deadline for application:
Before you can apply for this scholarship, you must first apply for admission.
Already applied for admission? Apply for scholarships on the Scholarship Portal.
Other scholarships available:
This scholarship is one of many. Through the generosity of numerous corporations and foundations, plus special federal government appropriations, WGU maintains a robust program of scholarships made available to qualified students.
- Elementary Education – B.A.
- Special Education and Elementary Education (Dual Licensure) – B.A.
- Special Education (Mild to Moderate) – B.A.
- Science Education (Secondary Biological Science) – B.S.
- Science Education (Secondary Chemistry) – B.S.
- Science Education (Secondary Physics) – B.S.
- Mathematics Education (Secondary) – B.S.
- Mathematics Education (Middle Grades) – B.S.
Multiple scholarships will be awarded. However, this is a competitive program and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, financial need, readiness for online study at WGU, and current competency, plus other considerations.
Before monies are distributed, the scholarship recipients must read the WGU Student Handbook and agree to and understand the academic progress, tuition, and refund policies. The student will also be required to agree to the WGU Scholarship Terms and Conditions before monies will be awarded. The student must also meet the university’s On Time Progress requirements to maintain scholarship eligibility. Each student can only be awarded one scholarship that is funded or administered through WGU during their degree program. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens.
This scholarship can be used in addition to any tuition discounts for which you may be eligible.
3 Steps to Apply For WGU Scholarships
Now that you've looked at scholarship requirements and found one to apply for, here are the steps to apply.
1. Complete the admissions application.
To be considered for any WGU scholarships, you must be provisionally accepted as a WGU student. Complete the admissions application and work with your enrollment counselor to move through the admissions process. NOTE: Returning WGU graduates should complete the Returning Graduate Application.Apply to WGU
2. Complete the general scholarship application.
The general application is required for all WGU scholarships and lets us learn more about you and which scholarships you may be eligible for. To access the application, you will need your MyWGU student portal credentials, which will be sent to you shortly after Step 1. NOTE: You are eligible to apply for scholarships within 90 days of starting a degree program, either before or after. You must complete the application within 90 days of your intended start date.General Scholarship Application
3. Log in to the scholarship portal and apply.
Based on what you tell us in Step 2, we’ll let you know which scholarships you might be eligible for. Finish up by reviewing the recommended opportunities and completing the supplemental application for each scholarship you’d like to be considered for by logging into the Scholarship Portal. These additional applications need to be submitted within 5 days of submitting the general application.
Common Questions About Scholarships
It depends upon the scholarship. In general, we award scholarships based on the following factors:
- Meeting the basic eligibility requirements
- Answers you give on the scholarship application
- An interview with a scholarship specialist
Some scholarships are also based upon evaluations of prior college transcripts and other tests. We encourage you to apply.
WGU evaluates scholarship applications on a continual basis because we start new students in their programs every month. Often we are able to make an award decision within 8–10 weeks of receiving your application. In most cases, you will also need to have applied for admission and been accepted to the university. An Enrollment Counselor can help explain the process.
No. Scholarship awards are divided into a set amount per term. This amount is credited against your tuition due for each term. The details are explained in the description for each scholarship.
Yes. You probably should apply for federal financial aid, too. Scholarship awards will only cover a portion of your school expenses, and financial aid can help pay for the rest. You can apply for financial aid while you are waiting for a decision about your scholarship application. It will not hurt your chances to win a scholarship. Click here to learn more about or apply for financial aid.
Thank you to our donors.
Scholarship opportunities are made possible in part by the generous support of many companies, foundations, partner organizations, and individuals, including WGU alumni, faculty, and staff.
Learn how donors can make a difference at WGU by visiting wgu.edu/advancement.
Financial aid is also available.
You may choose to pay for the remaining portion of your degree through federal financial aid (subject to your eligibility). Pell Grants, which do not have to be repaid, are granted based on financial need. Federal Direct Student Loans are available to all students. Subsidized loans, which are dependent on financial need, reduce the interest due on loans.