EAST Program

Program for East African future teachers

Augsburg College’s Education Department is a recipient of the Minnesota legislature’s generous Collaborative Urban Educator (CUE) funding. The CUE program’s purpose is to increase the diversity of the teacher workforce in Minnesota. Our program specifically targets East African future teachers: East African Student to Teacher (EAST). The goal of the program is to recruit, retain, and license highly qualified students who wish to become K-12 teachers. EAST covers tuition costs towards initial licensure. Award amount will vary based on degree sought and are decided on an individual basis.



EAST ScholarsWe are not accepting applications at this time. Please check back with us in January of 2017 to be considered for the next cohort starting in the Fall of 2017.

To be eligible to apply for an EAST scholarship, you have to meet the following requirements:

  • Already be admitted as an undergraduate or a graduate student at Augsburg College
    • If you are an undergraduate, you must have completed at least 2 years (approx. 60 credits) of transferable credit
  • East African descent and multilingual (preferred)
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident and eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Work/volunteer experience working with children and youth
  • Take the NES Essential Skills teacher licensure examination before applying for the scholarship (Please note: You are not required to pass the exam to be considered for the scholarship)

If you are awarded an EAST scholarship, you must:

  • Attend our monthly meetings and individual advising meetings and, keep in close communication with all Education department faculty and staff
  • Maintain a 3.0 or above each semester
  • Commit to teaching in Minnesota for at least 2 years after licensure completion


Please send all inquiries to eastprogram@augsburg.edu or call 612-330-1345