The Vermont Teacher Diversity Scholarship Program is currently accepting applications from students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Applicants can be high school seniors, current college students, or those planning a career change. The deadline for applications is April 5, 2007. The mission of the Vermont Teacher Diversity Scholarship Program is to increase the diversity of Vermont's public school teachers. Students who are selected as scholars agree to teach in Vermont for one to three years and, in exchange, receive up to $12,000 to pay off their college loans. The program also accepts applications from those who have entered the State of Vermont's Peer Review program. In six years of operation, Vermont Teacher Diversity Scholarship Program has sponsored 20 aspiring teachers. Eight graduates of the program are teaching across the state from Bennington and Windsor up to Sheldon and Island Pond. "Our Scholars are making a difference in the lives of Vermont students," reports Director Phyl Newbeck. "Through our program, the children of Vermont are being exposed to strong, competent and caring multicultural teachers. We're looking for a new crop of applicants to add to their ranks." Vermont Teacher Diversity Scholarship Program Scholars must obtain either a bachelor's or master's degree at a Vermont college or university or complete the State of Vermont's Peer Review Program. Upon receipt of licensure, they apply competitively for teaching positions throughout the state. Anyone interested in the program may contact Newbeck at 241-3379 or firstname.lastname@example.org Applications are reviewed regionally by committees in Bennington,Brattleboro, Burlington, Montpelier, Morrisville, the Northeast Kingdom and Rutland. The Vermont Teacher Diversity Scholarship Program is sponsored in part by the Vermont Public Education Partnership, which includes Vermont State Colleges, University of Vermont, Vermont Department of Education, and Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.