One component of the RAPPS grant provides scholarships to educators who are working towards their Type B certification and Masters Degree in Educational Leadership at UAA. These scholarships are only for aspiring principals who intend on working in one of the RAPPS Districts in rural Alaska. Twelve of the sixteen eligible RAPPS districts have enrolled aspiring principals in UAA through the RAPPS scholarship program.
The RAPPS grant provides a scholarship for a minimum of two courses per academic year, and has been able to support three classes a year for most participants. If districts can also provide financial support to their nominees, scholarships could be increased and aspiring principals could complete the EDL program more quickly.
To date, we have provided scholarships to 73 rural school leaders. The goal of the project is to train, place and support 55 new principals.
The 2012-2013 school year is the fifth and final year of the project. We are excited to report that we are on track to exceed our goal of recruiting and preparing 55 school principals for Alaska high-need rural schools.
Unfortunately, we can no longer accept nominations for the UAA scholarships.
A total of 61 candidates have graduated from the program as of June 2013, and eight more are on track to complete the program over the next two years.
The graph below shows our placements as of the end of the 2011-2012 school year.