Cal U Seeks New Class of Rutledge Scholars

Aug 06, 2021

Applications are now being accepted for the tuition-free program. Classes begin in Fall 2022.

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California University of Pennsylvania is accepting applications from high school seniors who wish to attend Cal U tuition free as Rutledge Institute Scholars beginning in Fall 2022.

The highly selective program is limited to 10 students interested in careers as preschool and elementary school teachers. Students across Pennsylvania and beyond are encouraged to apply while openings are still available.

Rutledge Institute Scholars enter California’s accredited childhood education program as first-year students and continue through graduation, with a four-year goal of earning:

  • A bachelor’s degree in education (B.S.Ed.) for grades pre-K to 4.
  • Pennsylvania Level I teaching certification.
  • The Integrative STEM Education Endorsement, an in-demand credential that documents an educator’s ability to integrate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts into classroom lessons.

Each Rutledge Institute Scholar receives an annual scholarship that covers the full cost of tuition, academic fees and on-campus housing at Cal U, so long as program requirements continue to be met. Over four years, the award is valued at more than $70,000.

Rutledge Institute Scholars will gain experience working alongside certified teachers in the preschool program on California’s campus, as well as in public school classrooms.

As the program progresses, a peer-mentoring program will encourage students to collaborate, co-teach and study together, forming a supportive learning community. Rutledge Institute Scholars supplement their classroom studies and fieldwork with research and an annual summer workshop focused on innovations in education.

To be considered for a Rutledge Institute scholarship, applicants should have a high school grade-point average of 3.5 or higher and SAT/ACT scores that meet the state Department of Education’s qualifying score requirements. Letters of recommendation also are required.

Applications for the Fall 2022 class of Rutledge Institute Scholars are being accepted now. For details, visit or contact Dr. Rebecca Maddas, of Cal U’s Education Department, at, 724-938-4494 or 724-938-4135.