MaST Scholars FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about the MaST Scholars Program. The information below should help you determine whether you want to apply to the MaST Scholars Program.

Questions List

  1. What courses do I need to complete before beginning the program?
  2. What is the application essay question?
  3. What determines whether I am eligible for the $10,000 or the $20,000 scholarship?
  4. When are scholarships funds distributed?
  5. If I am admitted to the Scholars program, what do I need to do to remain in good standing?
  6. What are my responsibilities after I graduate?

Questions & Answers


What courses do I need to complete before beginning the program?

You must complete the following courses, or their equivalent, before joining the MaST Scholars program:

  • EDUC 280- Child and Adolescent Development for Teachers 
  • EDUC 281- Field Experiences in Childhood and Adolescent Development
  • EDUC 283- Educational Psychology: Effective Teaching and Learning
  • AC 230-  Teaching with Multimedia Technology
  • SOC/PHIL 202- Major Ideas and Issues in Education

You do not need to have completed all requirements in order to apply.

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What is the application essay question?

The Mathematics and Science Teacher (MaST) Scholars Program at York College seeks undergraduates who want to teach math or science in New York City public secondary schools. Accepted scholars will participate in seminars and other academically enriching activities during junior and senior year as well as during the first two years of teaching. In order that we may learn more about you, please answer the following question:

In an essay of 750 words or fewer, explain why you want to teach mathematics or science. As you do this, describe a person who has influenced your decision to become an educator.

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What determines whether I am eligible for the $10,000 or the $20,000 scholarship?

This program is funded by the National Science Foundation, which sets the limit of financial support at the 'Cost of Attendance' for the University. Students living with their parents are eligible for $10,000 and those living away from their parents are eligible for $20,000, per legal definitions of the federal government. Residency will be determined by the York Financial Aid Office using financial aid documents from the year of application.   

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When are scholarships funds distributed?

Scholars join the program their junior year. If they continue to meet program requirements, they receive their scholarships when they do their student teaching, typically in the senior year.  

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If I am admitted to the Scholars program, what do I need to do to remain in good standing?

Each semester, scholars must: 

  • meet the minimum GPA requirements; 
  • perform 20 hours of fieldwork in addition to coursework requirements;
  • participate in a Scholars seminar. 

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What are my responsibilities after I graduate?

Scholars commit to teaching in New York City for two years after graduation. They are also required to participate in professional development experiences and research about the program during this time. Anyone who does not fulfill this commitment must return their scholarship funds to the National Science Foundation.

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