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Bilingual Teacher Scholars

Maria Dantas-Whitney

Bilingual Teacher Scholars Program Coordinator

Office: RWEC 223

Phone: (503) 838-8636


Bringing bilingualism and multiculturalism into schools

The Bilingual Teacher Scholars Program aligns resources and opportunities for students to attend WOU. As part of this program, you’ll receive academic support, individualized advising, and professional development opportunities. Upon completion, you may receive preferred hiring in your home school district.

Make an impact on bilingual learners in your community and across Oregon

Receive a scholarship of $3,000 per year to help cover tuition and expenses

Earn your teaching license plus an ESOL endorsement so you’re ready to enter the classroom after graduation

Eligibility criteria

You’re eligible for the Bilingual Teacher Scholars if you are:

  • A high school student on track to graduate from an Oregon high school or a student at an Oregon community college with either an AAOT (preferred) or at least 36 credits completed in a pre-education major
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Admitted to Western Oregon University

Our goals

  • Seek outstanding bilingual and bicultural high school and community college students interested in education careers
  • Braid district and university funds to support all students
  • Provide extensive scholarship and remission opportunities to all qualifying students
  • Build an annual cohort program of 50-60 students from across the state
  • Facilitate monthly professional development activities for future educators
  • Focus on academic success and dual language development
  • Deliver academic coursework in both Spanish and English
  • Provide the highest quality advising and mentorship
  • Support test prep and tutoring to assure ability to pass required educator tests
  • Offer summer and school year employment in home district or other agencies
  • Assure student teaching placements in home district (when possible)
  • Arrange “first to interview” status
  • Change the world through excellence in education!

Our students

The BTS program helped me form a community at WOU, because my fellow BTS scholars and I help each other in both academic and extracurricular activities.

El programa BTS me ayudó a formar una comunidad en WOU ya que mis compañeros que son parte del programa BTS y yo nos ayudamos en lo académico y en lo extracurricular.

Carlos Martinez Rangel

Salem-Keizer School District

If it weren’t for the BTS program I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’m thankful for the resources, friendships, and for the enormous amount of support that the program has given me.

No sé dónde estaría hoy si no fuera por el programa BTS de maestros bilingües. Estoy agradecida por los recursos, amistades, y por el gran apoyo que el programa me ha brindado.

Cristina Olivares

Central School District

Being part of the BTS program has given me great opportunities to achieve my professional dreams.

Ser parte del programa BTS me ha brindado grandes oportunidades para alcanzar mis sueños profesionales.

Lourdes Salazar

Hillsboro School District

Stories from Bilingual Teacher Scholars

2021 application deadlines

The following should be completed prior to your first year at WOU.

  1. By January 15, 2021: Apply to Western Oregon University.
  2. By March 1, 2021: Apply for Bilingual Teacher Scholars Scholarship and WOU General Scholarship. *
  3. By March 15, 2021: Complete spanish placement test and math placement test.

* To apply for these scholarships, log in to your WOU Portal and click on the scholarship icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Learn more about applying for WOU scholarships.