California University of Pennsylvania is accepting applications from 2018 high school graduates who wish to attend Cal U. tuition-free as Rutledge Institute Scholars.
Ten students will be selected for the new program, which prepares students for careers as preschool and elementary school teachers. The selection process is underway, and students are encouraged to apply while openings are still available.
Rutledge Institute Scholars enter California’s accredited childhood education program as first-year students and continue through graduation, with a four-year goal of earning a bachelor’s degree in education for grades pre-K to 4, Pennsylvania Level I teaching certification and the Integrative STEM Education Endorsement.
Each Rutledge Institute Scholar receives an annual scholarship that covers the full cost of tuition, academic fees and on-campus housing at Cal U., so long as program requirements continue to be met.
To be considered for a Rutledge Institute scholarship, applicants should have a high school grade-point average of 3.5 or higher and SAT/ACT scores that meet the state Department of Education’s qualifying score requirements. Letters of recommendation, a written essay and an interview also are required.
Students are encouraged to apply immediately if they wish to be considered for the fall 2018 semester. Applications for the fall 2019 class of Rutledge Institute Scholars also are being accepted.