The Janesville Multicultural Teacher Opportunities Scholarship Program (JMTOS) was created in 2008 to provide a multicultural pool of teacher candidates for the School District of Janesville.
The program addresses the growing population of students of color in the District and the gap between non-white students and non-white teachers. In the 2011-12 school year the percentage of non-white students in the District was 23 percent. For the same period, non-white teachers comprised 1.7 percent of the faculty or 13 out of 763 teachers.
The JMTOS program offers an incentive for Janesville students of color to return to the community as professional teachers and role models for all students.
Selected students receive a multi-year renewable college scholarship of up to $5,000/year for tuition, books and fees. In return the student must pursue a degree in education, obtain Wisconsin state teacher certification, and apply for a position with the School District of Janesville when they have completed their degree. The School District is not obligated to hire the student, but, if hired, the student is obligated to work for the District for a minimum of three years.
To apply for the program, the student must be a graduate of a Janesville high school or be a resident of Janesville. The student also must be of African American, Latino, Asian or Native American descent as required on school registration forms. To remain in the program, the student must be full time and hold a minimum 2.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
To make a tax-deductible donation to the JMTOS program, you may donate online, or mail a check to the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, 26 S. Jackson St., Janesville, WI 53548.
For more information, visit the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin website.