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The TTCU Cares Foundation has announced the launch of its Classroom Hero grants. These grants of up to $5,000 will help teachers experiencing extreme financial hardship be able to afford to stay in the classroom.

“As a credit union originally founded to help teachers through the financial hardship of the Great Depression, helping teachers be financially successful has always been a priority for us,” TTCU Federal Credit Union President and CEO Tim Lyons said. “When we launched the TTCU Cares Foundation, the vision was to provide financial assistance to our top-performing teachers experiencing extreme financial hardship to allow them to stay in the classroom. The introduction of these grants is the culmination of a years-long dream.”

The purpose of the grant is to help improve the teaching ability of classroom teachers and to encourage teachers to continue teaching in Oklahoma. To be eligible for the grant, the recipient must have been employed as a classroom educator for the past two years. They need to be employed by one of TTCU’s 60 School Pride® schools or teach at Deer Creek or Edmond Public School District. They must have been a member of TTCU Federal Credit Union for at least one year and are currently experiencing a serious financial hardship.

Applications will be accepted throughout the year. However, grant decisions will be made bimonthly and subject to available funds.

“These grants are a community effort,” TTCU Cares Foundation Steffanie Bonner said. “They are funded by donations from TTCU members and others who are passionate about supporting Oklahoma’s educators. I invite anyone to contribute to help us support more teachers.”

If you are interested in supporting Classroom Hero grants to educators experiencing extreme financial hardship or to find out more about the grants or to apply, click here.