Each year the College Board awards scholarships for qualifying teachers to attend an AP Summer Institute (APSI) and to teachers who are required to attend an AP Capstone professional development event.
These programs are offered to teachers at schools without funding for professional development, and who meet the specific requirements described below.
The following criteria applies to ALL scholarship programs.
- Plan to teach an AP course in the following academic year
- Not have received a College Board APSI scholarship for the same subject within the last three years
AP Fellows Program—Application closes February 11th
AP Fellows is an annual competitive grant program that provides AP Summer Institute scholarships for teachers at high schools serving minority or low-income students who have been traditionally underrepresented in AP courses.
Award Amount: $1,000
Additional Scholarship Criteria:
- Teach in a school at which at least 50% of the student population consists of underrepresented minorities (African American, Hispanic/Latino, and/or American Indian students), and/or at least 50% of the student population qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch
AP Rural Fellows Program—Application closes February 11th
AP Rural Fellows is an annual competitive grant program that provides AP Summer Institute scholarships for teachers serving in rural areas of the country.
Award Amount: $1,500
Additional Scholarship Criteria:
- Teach in a school that is classified as “rural” by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and at which at least 50 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch
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Frequently Asked Questions
The College Board pays the tuition cost directly to the APSI. Any remaining scholarship funds, after tuition has been paid to the APSI, are then sent directly to the teacher to defray the cost of travel and expenses.
Only College Board endorsed APSIs are covered by the scholarships. The AP Annual Conference, pre-AP classes, and other workshops do not qualify. Scholarships are not renewable or transferable and can only be used for a summer APSI in the year they are awarded.
Use the National Center for Education Statistics website to search for your school. Your school’s entry will show the total number of students by race/ethnicity, and the numbers of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch.
Public school search: https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/
Private school search: https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch/
After your APSI sends the College Board an invoice, the tuition payment for your AP Summer Institute will be sent directly to the AP Summer Institute you attended (you, your school, or your district should not be making any tuition payments to your APSI unless tuition cost exceeds your scholarship amount).
If you received an AP Fellows, AP Rural Fellows, or AP New Resources scholarship, we will send the remaining funds (to be used as reimbursement for travel and expenses) to the address on your W-9 within 60 days after payment to the APSI has been sent.
- APSIs can only send an invoice after the APSI session has started.
- No money will be released for either tuition or reimbursement until the College Board receives an invoice directly from the APSI after the APSI has started.
- The College Board cannot control when invoices are sent. All APSIs have been given a final due date of October 15th to submit their invoices. (Please contact your APSI directly with any questions regarding when your invoice will be sent).