Story last updated at 7/13/2016 - 12:06 pm
The University of Alaska Southeast’s PITAAS program, a scholarship program for Alaska Natives who want to be teachers, is accepting applications.
In Alaska schools, Alaska Natives make up 25 percent of the student body and less than 5 percent of the teaching force. PITAAS, which stands for Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools, is a scholarship program with associated services aimed at getting more Alaska Native teachers and administrators in Alaskan schools.
Eligible students are Alaska Native students with junior or senior standing enrolled in undergraduate teacher preparation programs, post graduate teacher certification programs, and graduate certificates, endorsements and Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs.
The Sealaska Heritage Institute recently released a short video in which Alaska Native teacher Jasper Nelson talks about why he became a teacher and how PITAAS helped financially and gave him a support group of people around him while in college, viewable at https://vimeo.com/157370834. Apply at www.uas.alaska.edu/pitaas.