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All institutions of higher education are currently deliberating their continuity of operation plans for the fall semester.

Funding Sources, Scholarships, and Job Opportunities

Charter Communications Spectrum Scholars

Spectrum Scholars is an educational program for eligible rising juniors with financial needs who identify as Asian/Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American. Charter is collaborating with national nonprofit organizations to provide a structured, two-year program that will award 20 students $20,000 total, half during their junior year, and the other half during their senior year. Click here for more information.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Peace Officer Loan Repayment Assistance Program

To be eligible for this loan repayment assistance program, you must: 

  • Be initially appointed as a full-time peace officer on or after September 1, 2019
  • Have earned at least 60 semester credit hours, or the equivalent, at an eligible institution of higher education in Texas prior to initial appointment as a peace officer; and
  • Be currently employed, and have completed at least one year of employment, as a full-time peace officer in Texas.

To qualify for loan repayment through the Peace Officer Loan Repayment Assistance Program, an individual must meet the definition of “peace officer” as described in Article 2.12, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. For additional details, please review the program rules: Subchapter H, Texas Administrative Code.

Award Amount:

  • The annual amount of loan repayment assistance is the lesser of $4,000 or 20 percent of the total of unpaid eligible loan balance;
  • The maximum amount of loan repayment assistance is $20,000 over a five-year period;
  • An individual may not receive loan repayment assistance for more than five consecutive years;
  • Loan repayment awards are contingent upon available funding.
  • Loan repayment assistance received will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service.

Eligible Loans:

  • Must be evidenced by a promissory note which required the loan proceeds to be used to pay for the cost of attendance at an eligible Texas institution for a semester/term that ended in the five years immediately preceding the individual’s initial appointment as a peace officer;
  • Must not be in default at the time of the peace officer’s application; 
  • Must not have an existing service obligation; and
  • Must not be subject to repayment through another student loan repayment or loan forgiveness program, or as a condition of employment.

Application Process:

Applications for loan repayment assistance based on service as an eligible peace officer September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020, will not be available until September 1, 2020.

EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which became law in Marc 27, 2020, provides the Economic Development Administration (EDA) with $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, which is being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA), provides a wide range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the pandemic. Click here for more information.

Eligible applicants under the EAA program include a(n):

  • District Organization;
  • Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes;
  • State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions;
  • Institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or
  • Public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State.

Humanities Texas Relief Grants

Humanities Texas invites Texas cultural and educational institutions facing financial hardship resulting from the coronavirus pandemic to apply immediately for fast-track Relief Grants. Apply now. Humanities Texas Relief Grants are made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the CARES Act signed into law on March 27, 2020.

Eligibility:

Nonprofit organizations and state and local governmental entities are eligible to apply for Humanities Texas Relief Grants. Eligible applicants must be in the state of Texas, serve Texas audiences, and develop and administer public humanities programming. Small and/or rural organizations are especially encouraged to apply.

Eligible Costs:

Applicants may request funds for general operating support and/or humanities programming.

What Are the Humanities?

According to NEH, humanities subjects include history, literature, modern and classical languages, linguistics, jurisprudence, philosophy, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Social sciences that employ qualitative approaches such as cultural anthropology, archaeology, and political science are considered part of the humanities, as are interdisciplinary areas such as women’s studies, American studies, and the study of folklore and folklife. The humanities do not include the creation or performance of art, creative writing, social science research, public policy, or social services.

Grant Amounts:

Humanities Texas will make immediate grants of up to $5,000 and, depending upon the availability of funds, will consider requests above this level to a maximum amount of $15,000. Relief Grants have no matching requirement.

Deadlines and Application Process:

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Decisions will be communicated via email typically within ten business days of application submission. Apply now.

Funding Priorities:

Humanities Texas Relief Grants are intended to provide support to organizations that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Hence, the demonstration of need is a key focus of the application. In order to receive funds you must show that as a result of the pandemic, your organization has suffered hardship. This may include loss of significant revenue, loss of staff, difficulty paying rent or mortgage, inability to serve your target audience, and/or risk of closure.

All grant awards will be selected in open competition. Humanities Texas will prioritize awarding Relief Grants to organizations that 1) demonstrate great, immediate need as a result of COVID-19, and 2) administer humanities programs that have a significant impact in Texas communities.

Application Requirements:

Not Eligible for Funding

  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations
  • Political or advocacy organizations
  • Organizations that are suspended or debarred or that are delinquent on federal debt
  • Purchase of land or facilities, construction, or renovation
  • Overlapping project costs with any other pending or approved application(s) for federal funding
  • Projects that fall outside of the humanities

Become a quality reviewer for the Texas Resource Reviews

Safal, in partnership with TEA, is seeking Texas educators with expertise in Prekindergarten, K-2 Foundational Literacy, K-8 Math to participate in the Texas Resource Review by becoming a reviewer of instructional materials. As part of this select group, reviewers will have the opportunity to broaden their impact, work with a talented group of peers in a supportive environment and receive continuing professional education (CPE) credit and a stipend of at least $2,500.

Reviewer spots fill quickly, so educators are strongly encouraged to complete the initial application as soon as possible to increase the likelihood of being selected for this competitive role. The application deadline is May 31st, but Safal will continue to review and advance applications on a rolling basis or until all spots are filled. The application is the first step in the process. Qualified candidates will be asked to complete a performance task and interview. This rigorous process ensures the highest quality reviews of instructional materials.

Online Education Resources

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