Teaching Scholars

The Teaching Scholars program provides scholarships for four years to incoming freshmen.

These funds are offered in addition to the federal, state, and LR financial assistance for which the student is qualified, but cannot be combined to exceed the cost of tuition or combined with other top merit awards. 

As early as your first year of college, scholars accepted into the program will be placed in Hickory-area school districts to serve as tutors, small group leaders and instructional assistants.

Program benefits for each scholar include:

  • Participation in enrichment seminars and experiences each semester
  • Involvement in service projects in urban, rural and inner-city communities
  • Opportunity to study abroad
  • Personalized advising and mentorship provided by the program director
  • May be eligible to participate in the Fritz Honors College
  • Opportunity to engage in summer experiences working with public school students and serving the local and regional communities

Upon successful completion of the program, scholars are licensed to teach anywhere in North Carolina and, in most cases, the license can be easily reciprocated to other states in the U.S. Through the program, scholars receive job placement assistance, including the provision of résumé materials to state human resource directors. If you wish to advance your degree, you will also have the opportunity to bridge into graduate programs offered within LR's School of Education at a significantly discounted tuition rate.

Program Overview


To be considered for this program, please submit a completed application for admission by November 15 and a completed scholarship application by December 1. Typically, selected scholars have a 3.0 GPA or better, are involved in their school and community, have completed service hours and have demonstrated a vision for their future."