In association with My Brother’s Keeper – San Antonio and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, I am thrilled to announce the MBKSA Education Partnership Scholarship Initiative. This scholarship program is designed to help train and certify more male teachers of color to serve the San Antonio area.
The MBKSA Education Partnership Scholarship will enable African American men, Latino men, and other men of color who are former college athletes to pivot into careers in education such as teaching and student counseling. I believe that this innovative program will provide a valuable resource to individuals who are vastly underrepresented in our educational workforce.
Black teachers and Latino male teachers each account for roughly two percent of the K-12 workforce overall as reported by the Brookings Institution in a 2016 independent study. Many school districts across our State are making efforts to hire teachers and other education professionals that better represent the diverse populations our students will come in to contact with after graduation.
The applicants are being judged on a number of factors. They were required to submit three short essays explaining why they would be good teachers and the extent of their commitment to the San Antonio area. They also had to submit their transcripts to prove they held a GPA of 2.5 or above. Finally, the review team looked over two letters of recommendation per candidate to ensure they selected applicants with important strengths such as serving as a collaborative leader, innovative thinker, and dedicated community member. I am very excited about this program and believe that it will go a long way to making our education system in San Antonio even better.