AP Summer Institute Scholarships

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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

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; any remaining funds may be applied to travel and expenses.

Scholarship criteria

Teachers must:

  • Plan to teach an AP course in the 2017-18 academic year
  • Teach in a school at which at least 50 percent of the student population consists of underrepresented minorities (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and/or American Indian students), 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

AP Rural Fellows Program

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 as well as travel and expenses.

Scholarship criteria

Teachers must:

  • Plan to teach an AP course in the 2017-18 academic year
  • 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
  • Not have received a College Board APSI scholarship for the same subject within the last three years

AP Capstone Scholarships

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 2017-18 academic year
  • Teach in a district with a median income of below $87,500 and/or in schools at which 50 percent of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch

For more information, email us at APSIScholarships@collegeboard.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

The AP Fellows scholarship is $1,000 and the AP Rural Fellows scholarship is $1,500. After tuition and lab fees (if applicable) have been paid to the APSI, any remaining funds in the scholarship 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.

NOTE: Only College Board endorsed APSIs are covered by the scholarships. The AP Annual Conference 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.

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

We encourage you to determine your schedule before applying. However, if you are awarded a scholarship you will have 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 US schools only, teachers at non-US schools are not eligible for APSI scholarships.

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

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

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

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

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

http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-code-search.

Yes—our application system allows you to save and continue an application. Please follow the prompts on the screen when using this feature.

All applicants will be notified via email by March 31, 2017. If you have not received a notification, please check your spam folder.

In order for the College Board to release your scholarship funds, you must submit a valid W-9. To comply with IRS guidelines, we must report your scholarship on Form 1099 and it should be included as taxable income on your tax return. See https://www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch01.html#en_US_2015_publink1000177987

The tuition for your summer training is sent directly to the APSI. If any funds are remaining after tuition has been paid, they are sent to you to be used as reimbursement for travel and expenses. They are not sent to your district. For these reasons, you must submit a W-9 that includes your personal information, not your district's information or EIN. 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 should 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. The award notification 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. 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 within 60 business days after the payment to the APSI has been processed.

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 award letter as proof of your scholarship. APSI staff should be able to walk you through the process of registering as a scholarship recipient.

Because scholarships are awarded based 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.

The tuition payment for your AP Summer Institute will be sent directly to the AP Summer Institute you attend.

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 within 60 business days after the payment to the APSI has been processed.