Pendergast Education Foundation Scholarship Information
Who will benefit?
The scholarship program is an investment in the West Valley of Phoenix, and the Pendergast community, with students and families the primary recipients of the efforts of the Pendergast Education Foundation. Scholarships are awarded to help West Valley education students complete their degree program and provide incentive to teach in the Pendergast School District and other West Valley schools. The community profits by a program designed to promote higher education and to encourage graduates to return to Pendergast as teachers and contributors.
The Pendergast District serves families in Phoenix, Glendale and Avondale. The District has 9,500 students attending 14 elementary schools. There are 600 certified teachers in the District.
Who will receive scholarship assistance?
Based upon a selection process, the Pendergast Education Foundation will award a number of tuition scholarships to aspiring teachers who are accepted into the iTeach AZ Pendergast program, a partnership of the Pendergast Elementary School District and Arizona State University (West). The iTeach AZ program is an accelerated, 18 month degree program that provides intensive student teaching and classroom experiences. Because of the time commitment, most iTeach AZ students are unable to work during their classes and need financial assistance.
The Scholarship program for 2012-2013
The Pendergast Education Foundation has increased the scholarship awards from $7,500 to $10,000 each for recipients in the iTeach AZ Pendergast class of 2011-2012. Four (4) scholarships will be awarded with funds paid directly to the student after successful complementation of each semester's work. Here is the schedule for scholarship winners entering the January, 2011 iTeach AZ Pendergast program:
- $3,000 after successful completion of the first semester (paid January, 2013)
- $3,000 after successful completion of the second semester (paid June, 2013)
- $4,000 after successful completion of the third semester (paid January, 2014)
Scholarship Dates for 2012-2013 PDS program:
Applications due by June 15, 2012
The Scholarship Selection Criteria
This is a competitive scholarship process. The Scholarship Selection Committee will review all applications and make final determinations on scholarship winners based on these qualifications. To be considered for a Pendergast Education Foundation scholarship, applicants must be accepted into the iTeach AZ Program at Arizona State University, College of Teacher Education and Leadership. The applicant must be attending classes and gaining field experience in the Pendergast Elementary School District.
The Scholarship Selection Committee bases it selection on current or previous affiliation with the Pendergast District along with:
- Financial need
- Grade point average