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Teachers for Tomorrow

Teachers for Tomorrow (T4T) is an innovative program to lift students from poverty, create a diverse and highly effective workforce, and help to eliminate gaps in learning achievement.

2016 Teachers for Tomorrow Recipients – Watch the signing day ceremony

An important part of the Howard County Public School System’s (HCPSS) effort to engage and motivate its 53,000 students is a commitment to developing a diverse workforce. T4T will build a pipeline of teachers who reflect the ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity of our student body and have an affinity for the school system. This unique initiative will create an affordable pathway to college for deserving and qualified HCPSS students interested in returning to the school district as teachers following their college graduation.

HCPSS partnered with McDaniel College to help low-income, first generation college students from Howard County pursue a degree in a field of their choice with a minor in education. Up to twelve participants each year will receive reduced tuition rates and financial support to allow college attendance at virtually no cost, in exchange for a commitment to return to HCPSS as teachers or professionals. Learn more about the 2016 recipients and watch their signing day ceremony.

Interested in applying for the program? Fill out an interest form and view a suggested application timeline →

Photo of Teachers for Tomorrow scholarship winner, Kory Williams

What T4T Means to Me and My Family

Kory Williams, a 2016 graduate of Reservoir High School, is part of the first cohort of Teachers for Tomorrow (T4T) scholarship winners. While at Reservoir, Williams was a champion sprinter and hurdler, and taught sports fundamentals to youth through the Howard County Recreation and Parks department. Read why T4T is such an incredible opportunity for him and his family.

The program commits students to teach or work in Howard County Public Schools for three years following college graduation and successful completion of the Maryland State Board of Education certification process. Students are able to pursue any course of study they choose, but they must also complete a core set of courses in education including serving as a student teacher. This will ensure we are putting teachers in the classroom who understand the process and mechanics of teaching as well as the subject matter. Participants are required to maintain a pre-determined grade point average (GPA) and complete their college study within four years.


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Each year, Howard County graduates more than 3,800 students from its 12 public high schools and three education centers. Of these, 85 percent attend college after graduation. Our goal is to recruit a cross section of the best and brightest to return as part of our workforce. Criteria for selection include educational achievement, recommendations from current teachers and guidance counselors, and the socioeconomic status of the student and family. Special consideration also will be given to those who will be first generation four-year college students.

The T4T program will enable a greater number of low-income students to afford and earn four-year college degrees leading to professional careers after graduation. Upon completion, these young adults will make a difference for students in years to come. Beyond the local impact, T4T will supplement America’s teaching corps with a more diverse, well-educated workforce that can go anywhere and improve any organization once they fulfill their commitment to Howard County Public Schools.

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Photo of Teachers for Tomorrow scholarship winner, Lucero Espinal

How T4T is Helping Me Achieve My Dreams

Lucero Espinal, a 2016 graduate of Oakland Mills High School, is part of the first cohort of Teachers for Tomorrow (T4T) scholarship winners. Espinal plans to build upon her experiences in the Howard County Public School System while attending McDaniel College, where she will prepare for a career in education and increase her community involvement. Read about how T4T is helping her pursue her dreams.