The Minority Teacher Education Scholars Program is a collaborative performance-based scholarship program for African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaskan Native students. The participants in the program are students that attend Florida’s public and private colleges and universities that have state-approved teacher education programs.


The Minority Teacher Education Scholarship (MTES) is offered to more than 40 institutions throughout the state of Florida. All of these institutions have State-Approved Educator Preparation Programs. Only institutions with state-approved programs can participate with the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc. For a complete list of state-approved programs, please visit the Florida Department of Education.

An applicant must complete the online application, submit an essay with the application and send official transcripts to the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers. An application is only complete if all 3 items have been received. If an applicant is approved, the student will receive an electronic notification from FFMT along with a promissory note that must be completed within 30 days of notification. Failure to complete the note is considered a rejection of the award and that student must reapply.

By completing the promissory note, a student is agreeing that he/she will:

  • Maintain full-time enrollment of at least 12 credit hours for undergraduates, and 9 credit hours for graduate students
  • Maintain an overall and semester GPA of at least 2.50
  • Attended the annual symposium
  • Keep FFMT informed of any and all changes of contact information and most importantly
  • Teach in a Florida public school for a time equivalent to the number of years funding was received

If a student does not maintain academic eligibility or does not attend the mandatory symposium, the student will become ineligible to receive aid from FFMT. If a student does not teach, he/she will be required to repay the funds received to FFMT at a rate of 8% annually. Failure to repay the funds will result in the students’ names being submitted to a collections agency.


FFMT partners with more than 40 colleges and universities throughout the state of Florida. These institutions offer state-approved teacher education programs as endorsed by the Florida Department of Education.


FFMT provides professional development and public school district recruitment activities through the Annual Teacher Recruitment and Professional Development Symposium. Our pre-service educators have access to research-based curriculum, strategies, and educator practices that prepare them to confidently enter into the classroom.

They also have the unique opportunity to engage and network with school district personnel, such as educators, principals, assistant principals, and teacher recruitment staff throughout their time as a scholarship recipient.


FFMT proudly partners with The Test Camp to provide certifications and professional development for pre-service and in-service educators. This service is FREE of charge for FFMT scholarship recipients. As a gift to supporters of FFMT, a 20% discount is included on any purchase when using the FFMT passcode, FFMT. You can access this opportunity, anywhere, anytime. Don’t wait on accomplishing your dreams.


In a world crying out for equality and justice,
here in the Sunshine State, we believe that
fostering the spirit of diversity and inclusion
begins at the earliest stages of a child’s
development. That’s why we help put
promising teachers of color into
Florida’s classrooms.