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Jose P. Graduate Scholarship Program

The Jose P. Graduate Scholarship Program was created to address the staffing needs in critical shortage areas and improve the delivery of services to New York City Public School students. This program prepares participants to serve in the critical shortage areas of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology, Blind and Visually Impaired, Bilingual School Psychology, and Bilingual Special Education. The Jose P. Graduate Scholarship Program offers full and partial scholarships for selected individuals to pursue a traditional path to New York State teacher certification via a Master's Degree in one of the critical shortage areas above. Applications for the Fall are available annually from January 1 through April 30. 

Jose P. Graduate Scholarship Program Overview Click Here

NYS Approved Programs by Scholarship Disciplines/Area of Study Level of Study Fact Sheet
Speech-Language Pathology (Monolingual or Bilingual) Master's Degree Click Here
Blind and Visually Impaired Master's Degree Click Here
Bilingual School Psychology Master's Degree Click Here
Bilingual Special Education Master's Degree Click Here

Implementation of the Jose P. Graduate Scholarship Program is contingent upon the availability of funding and the staffing needs of the New York City Public Schools.


  • Annually, Fall Semester - February 15 - April 30  
  • There is a non-refundable application fee of $75.00 due at the time of application filing.

Candidates must have:

  • A Bachelor's Degree conferred by June 30th of the current application year.
  • An undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0 or better in the critical needs area of Speech-Language Pathology, Blind and Visually Impaired, Bilingual School Psychology, or Bilingual Special Education.
  • U.S Citizenship or Permanent Residency status.
  • A written statement from the college or university (required) - If you have applied to a graduate school and your acceptance is pending.
  • Proof of unconditional acceptance (required) - If you have been accepted as a matriculated graduate student into an approved participating program.
  • Proficiency in English and a language other than English, if applying for a Bilingual Extension.
  • Prerequisite and undergraduate coursework, other fees, and expenses are NOT covered, and are the responsibility of the student.
  • Participants must receive at least a "B" or better in each degree-required course (all courses required to complete the approved program) subsidized by the Department until the Participant's degree requirements are completed. 
  • Participants must also meet all attendance, academic, and all other standards of the college or university and program in which he/she/they are a matriculant. 
  • The Department of Education will not pay for grades below "B" or for grades of Incomplete not made up by the midpoint of the following semester.
  • Current pedagogical or clinical employees of the NYC Public Schools are not eligible to participate in the Scholarship Program.
  •  Applicants who have already achieved New York State or reciprocal state certification are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must not have benefited from or participated in any other incentive programs administered by the NYC Public Schools (i.e., Teachers of Tomorrow, Loan Forgiveness Program, Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Special Education (ITI-BSE), New York City Teaching Fellows, Teach for America, I-Start, New Visions Urban Teacher Residency Program, Success Via Apprenticeship, Math for America, etc.).
  • Applicants who have already completed a master's degree program in Education are not eligible to apply.
  • Upon program completion, scholarship recipients are required to teach or provide services in the designated districts of Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and District 75, within the New York City Public School system.
  • The service obligation is for two (2) years for every one (1) year or part thereof (any time less than one year) that the scholarship is awarded.

The awardee must secure employment in a New York City Public School in one of the following school districts:

  • Bronx Districts - 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12
  • Brooklyn Districts - 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, and 32
  • Queens Districts - 23 and 27
  • District 75 - Brooklyn and Bronx schools only

        Required documents must be submitted during application filing.

  • Proof of a Bachelor's Degree conferred by June 30th of the current application year
  • Proof of undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0
  • Copies of all New York State or other state teaching certificates, including any Bilingual Extensions to the State Certificate the candidate may hold
  • Proof of U.S citizenship or permanent resident status (e.g., Birth Certificates, Passport, Alien Registration Card)
  • A completed College Acceptance Form from a participating college or university stating applicant has been accepted unconditionally as a fully matriculated graduate student
  • Two (2) letters of reference
  • Payment of a non-refundable application fee of $75.00 will be due at application filing.

To apply for the Jose P. Graduate Scholarship Program, you must make sure that meet the above eligibility requirements, submit the required documents and College Acceptance Form with the application amd pay the non-refundable application fee of $75.00.  Applicants must apply during the annual application period of January 1 - April 30. 


For questions, please email josepscholarship@schools.nyc.gov or call 718-935-2449.




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