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Each year, the College Board awards scholarships for qualifying teachers to attend an AP Summer Institute (APSI). We also award scholarships 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.


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. The $1,000 scholarships cover the cost of APSI tuition. Remaining funds, after the APSI has been paid, will be sent to the teacher to be applied toward travel and expenses.

Scholarship criteria

Teachers must:

  • Plan to teach an AP course in the 2020-21 academic year
  • Teach in a high school at which at least 50 percent of the student population consists of underrepresented minorities and/or at least 50 percent of the student population qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch
  • Not have received a College Board APSI scholarship for the same subject within the last three years

2020 AP Fellows Scholarship Application
2020 AP Fellows Recommendation Form

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. The $1,500 scholarships cover APSI tuition. Remaining funds, after the APSI has been paid, will be sent to the teacher to be applied toward travel and expenses.

Scholarship criteria

Teachers must:

  • Plan to teach an AP course in the 2020-21 academic year
  • Teach in a high 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 (in 2020, all islands of Hawaii, except Oahu, will be considered “rural” regardless of the NCES data)
  • Not have received a College Board APSI scholarship for the same subject within the last three years

2020 AP Rural Fellows Scholarship Application
2020 AP Rural Fellows Recommendation Form

AP Capstone Scholarships—Application closes February 28th

These scholarships are awarded to AP Capstone teachers with no other sources of funding who are planning to attend the AP Capstone summer professional development event. The scholarships cover the cost of tuition only. Additional costs for travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals are not covered by the AP Capstone Scholarship.

Scholarship criteria

  • Plan to teach AP Seminar or AP Research in the 2020-21 academic year
  • Teach in a district with a median income of below $87,500 and/or in a high school in which at least 50 percent of the student population qualify for free or reduced-price lunch

2020 AP Capstone Scholarship Application

For more information, please see the FAQs below or email us at APSIScholarships@collegeboard.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

The College Board APSI scholarships cover the cost of tuition at a CollegeBoard endorsed APSI fitting the criteria of the scholarship. After APSI sessions start, APSIs invoice the College Board directly  for the cost of tuition and lab fees (if applicable). The College Board then pays the tuition cost directly to the APSI. 

For AP Fellows and AP Rural Fellows, any remaining scholarship funds, after tuition has been paid to the APSI, are sent directly to the teacher to defray the cost of travel and expenses.

The AP Capstone Summer Professional Development Scholarship covers the cost of tuition only to an AP Capstone summer training event.

NOTES: 

  • Only College Board endorsed APSIs are covered by the scholarships. The AP Annual Conference, pre-AP classes, and other workshops are not covered.
  • Scholarships only covers the cost of tuition; all other APSI costs including but not limited to tuition cost above scholarship amount, lodging, and food, are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient and should be billed to the scholarship recipient, not College Board.
  • Scholarships are not renewable or transferable and can only be used for a summer APSI in the year they are awarded.

AP Summer Institute dates and locations are posted on AP Central. Search for a session near you.

As a reminder, The College Board does not own or manage any of the APSIs. Each APSI works independently and each handles their own session schedules and registration. The College Board updates this list as APSIs share new session dates with us, but we have no control of when or if a specific APSI will offer a specific session. If you do not see one matching your specific criteria you may need to widen your search to a different time frame or location.

Please be sure to contact the APSI of your choice directly for any specific questions regarding registration or schedule.

We encourage you to determine your schedule before applying. However, if you are awarded a scholarship you will have approximately three weeks after notification to formally accept it. If you find that you're unable to attend, you can decline the award.

Applications that do not exactly meet the demographic criteria will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, depending on the number of applications we receive so you may want to apply anyway.

Because the scholarship criteria are applicable to U.S. schools only, teachers at non-U.S. schools are not eligible for APSI scholarships.

Teachers at schools located in the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are eligible for AP Fellows and AP Capstone.

You may use the funds provided through either an AP Fellows or AP Rural Fellows scholarship toward the cost of attending a non-US College Board endorsed APSI.

You are only eligible for a scholarship in a different subject than the one for which you received a scholarship last year or in the last three years. For example, if you received a College Board APSI scholarship for an AP English Language & Composition APSI in the last three years, you cannot receive a College Board APSI scholarship for an AP English Language & Composition APSI this year. However, you are eligible for a scholarship for AP English Literature & Composition or another AP subject.

Use the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) 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/

If the NCES does not have your school’s information, we suggest reaching out to your Principal or school administration to find the most accurate information you can to report on your application. 

Use the National Center for Education Statistics website to search for your school. In the "School Details" section, check the designation for "Locale."

Public school search: https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/
Private school search: https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch/

If the NCES does not have your school’s information, we suggest reaching out to your Principal or school administration to find the most accurate information you can to report on your application.

NOTE: For 2020, all islands of Hawaii, except Oahu, will be considered “rural” regardless of the NCES data.

You can use the SAT® code search to find your school's College Board code:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/k-12-school-code-search.

Applicants for the AP Fellows, AP Rural Fellows, and AP Capstone APSI scholarships will be notified via email by end of day March 25, 2020. 

You must submit a valid W-9 in order for the College Board to release your scholarship funds and process your tuition payment. The value of your scholarship is subject to income tax and will be reported on Form 1099. For more information, visit: https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc421.

APSI scholarship payments, made by the College Board on behalf of teachers attending an APSI, are not “qualified scholarship” exempt from tax under IRC section 117 because recipients are not students enrolled at a qualified education institution as degree candidates. Under the Internal Revenue Code, the APSI scholarship payments are “prizes” or “awards” that are required to be reported on Form 1099. You may want to consult with your tax advisor as to whether any APSI expenses are deductible against the scholarship income.

Be sure to register for an AP Summer Institute as soon as possible since registration fills up quickly. You MUST register as a College Board APSI Scholarship recipient, Select the scholarship option when registering for your APSI or contact the APSI directly to let them know that you have received a scholarship and tuition, up to your scholarship amount, will be taken care of by the College Board. The confirmation email you received can serve as proof.

You do not need to let the College Board know which APSI you are planning to attend. The AP Summer Institutes bill the College Board directly after sessions start. If you received an AP Fellows or AP Rural Fellows, any funds remaining, after your tuition is paid, will be sent to the address on your W-9  45 business days AFTER payment to your APSI is sent.

NOTES: 

  • Invoices cannot be sent to College Board until after the APSI session starts
  • No money can be released until your APSI sends the College Board an invoice for the cost of tuition. 
  • College Board has no control over when invoices are sent to us. All APSIs have been given a final due date of October 15th to submit their invoices.

Please contact the APSI directly and share that you were recently awarded a College Board AP Summer Institute scholarship. You may need to use your confirmation email as proof of your scholarship. APSI staff should be able to walk you through the process of registering as a scholarship recipient.

Do not register if there is no option to register as a scholarship recipient.

Because scholarships are awarded based on your personal and professional information in addition to your school's profile, they are not transferrable or renewable and can only be used for a summer APSI in the year they are awarded.

Scholarship funds will only be released if an APSI directly bills the College Board for your tuition. We do not provide scholarships solely for additional expenses. A stipulation of the scholarship requires that teachers are not eligible for funding from their state or district—this rule is intended to ensure that teachers most in need receive funding.

Because scholarships are awarded based on your personal and professional information in addition to your school's profile, they are not transferrable or deferable and can only be used for a summer APSI in the year they are awarded

If you need to cancel your registration with your APSI, be sure to do so in accordance with that APSI's cancellation policy and obtain confirmation from the APSI of the cancellation.

If you fail to follow the cancellation policy or fail to get confirmation, the APSI will charge the College Board for your tuition which means you will not be able to apply your scholarship at any other APSI and you will be held responsible for paying taxes on the tuition cost of the canceled APSI session.

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 or AP Rural Fellows scholarship, we will send the remaining funds (to be used as reimbursement for travel and expenses) to the address on your W-9 45 days after payment to the APSI has been sent.

NOTE:

  • 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).

No reimbursement funds are sent prior to an APSI starting. After an APSI has started, APSIs are allowed to send an invoice to the College Board for the cost of your tuition (you, your school, or your district should not be making any tuition payments to your APSI unless tuition cost exceeds your scholarship amount).

The College Board has no control over when APSIs send us their invoices. While most are sent in July, August and September all APSIs have until October 15th to do so (please contact your APSI directly if you have any questions regarding when your invoice will be sent). Once we receive the invoice, the College Board will process the invoice and send payment for tuition to the APSI within 30 business days.

If you were awarded an AP Fellows or AP Rural Fellows scholarship, any remaining funds from your scholarship, after your tuition cost is paid, will be sent to you, via the address on your W-9, 45 days after payment to the APSI has been sent.

NOTE:

  • 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 due date of October 15th to submit their invoices. (Please contact your APSI directly with any questions regarding when your invoice will be sent).