College of Education

Department of Education and Leadership

Project POPPY

Project POPPY: Preparing Observational Practitioners through Partnerships Yearlong

Program Features:

$30,000 in scholarship funds available to cover education and living expenses while you complete your coteaching residency at one of our partner schools

Residents will earn their preliminary credential alongside an expert mentor teacher at the end of year 1, allowing them to begin teaching in their own classrooms in year 2 as they complete MA coursework

Scholarship Requirements:

Award recipients must commit to teach in a partner school district for 3 years after receiving their preliminary credential

Recipients must have a GPA of 3.0 of higher

Partner Districts:

To qualify for the scholarship you must be admitted into the Masters + Secondary or Elementary Education Credential Program and be placed as a resident in one of our partner school districts:

  • Alisal Union School District
  • Gonzales Unified School District
  • King City Union School District
  • Salinas City Elementary School District
  • Salinas Union High School District
  • Soledad Union School District
  • South Monterey County Joint High School District

This project is funded under the US Dept. of Ed. TQP program authorized under Title II of the Higher Education Act

Project Director: Dr. Erin M. Ramirez

Associate Director: Sophia Vicuña

For more information contact: Sophia Vicuna at