Baldanza Fellows

Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Teachers

Scholarships covering teacher certification master’s tuition

Pipeline to teaching position upon graduation *

Stipends to support living expenses while studying

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Questions? Contact Breana Nieves Vergara at or 315.443.2505

Students need more diverse teachers!

More diverse teachers are needed in schools across the Syracuse area. We know that teachers from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds have an essential impact on their students and schools. The Baldanza Fellows Program is dedicated to recruiting, developing, and retaining diverse and underrepresented applicants to become exceptional and motivated teachers in Syracuse area K-12 schools. This program is a partnership between the School of Education, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and several Central New York school districts, and supported by the Baldanza Fund for Excellence in Education Policy in Practice.

Baldanza Fellows become transformational educators in Syracuse area schools. In a 12-16 month master’s program, you’ll get intensive field experience in local partner schools, develop a community cohort of fellow educators, link classroom theory to daily practice and receive personal and real-time mentoring from a support team of University and community teachers and leaders.

Core Components:

  • 12-16-month full-time study in a teacher education master’s program (typically May-August the following year)
  • Context-specific coursework
  • Continuous feedback and support from School of Education faculty and partner district educators
  • Year-long seminar and community development for Baldanza Fellow cohorts
  • Local and national engagement and mentoring
  • Extensive field experiences and student teaching within our partner districts

Fellows will receive:

  • A tuition scholarship to cover or go towards your master’s degree program
  • A stipend to support living expenses
  • A hiring commitment from partner school districts *

* Subject to availability, fit, student’s successful completion of program in good standing, and student’s fitness to teach. Current partnerships with the Baldwinsville, Jamesville DeWitt, Syracuse City, and West Genesee school districts.

Baldanza Fellows must have earned their Bachelor’s degree in or before May 2023. Selection for the fellowship is contingent on local district needs in specific areas/associated programs. Fellows must enroll for full-time study and be able to meet all degree requirements within 16 months. Fellows also must agree to a three-year minimum teaching commitment in one of the partner school districts upon completion of the program.

To be considered, complete both an application for graduate study at Syracuse University for one of the eligible programs and the supplemental Baldanza program application. The deadline to complete both applications for admission in summer 2024 for is January 15, 2024.

Baldanza Fellows will be selected from applicants accepted to their chosen master’s program based on how their personal background and experiences inform their commitment to being a teacher to underserved and underrepresented populations and to teaching in the Syracuse area.


Contact Breana Nieves Vergara, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions, at or 315.443.2505