Oklahoma Panhandle State University is committed to addressing the statewide teacher shortage in Oklahoma alongside the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in support of the Oklahoma Future Teacher Scholarship and Employment Incentive Program, also known as “Inspired to Teach” established by the House Bill 3564.

This bill, passed during the 2022 legislative session, helps bridge the gap between the ongoing shortage of certified teachers in the state, leading to many classrooms needing fully qualified teachers. OPSU is working to tackle this issue by removing the financial barrier and offering an incentive for residents that helps attract and retain highly skilled educators to the field. Along with the Inspired to Teach Program, OPSU launched a similar scholarship in 2019 called the Panhandle Promise Scholarship.

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