Some future educators pursuing their degree at Texas A&M will now be able to graduate almost debt free.

Raise your Hand Texas and HEB’s Chairman and CEO Charles Butt recently launched a program called Raising Texas Teachers.

The foundations are partnering with 10 universities, including Texas A&M, to provide over $50 million in scholarships to students who are dedicated to a career in education.

The Texas A&M College of Education and Human Development will be able to award $8,000 a year to at least 10 students as part of the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers.

The scholarship at Texas A&M will only be available to students studying to teach Special Education, a high-need area in Texas.

The Dean of the College of Education and Human Development said this is a huge commitment to teachers in the Lone Star State.

“It’s almost a full ride that will help keep the debt very low for teachers as they work to train to be special education teachers,” said Dr. Joyce Alexander, Dean of the Texas A&M College of Education and Human Development.

Raise your Hand Texas said in a press release, that the goal of Raising Texas Teachers is to help university teacher preparation programs recruit “the best and the brightest to the profession.”

Dr. Alexander said she is grateful to both partners and Texas A&M is proud to be working with Raise Your Hand Texas.

“It’s also a real compliment that he [Charles Butt} and the foundation see well-prepared teachers come from teacher preparation programs, so they get both the content and a great understanding of pedagogy and how to teach,” said Dr. Alexander. “I think we do that combination pretty well here, so we’re excited to partner with them,” she added.

The Raising Texas Teachers program will also include professional development opportunities, cohort service projects, and a mentorship from a current public school educator.