Bill Simpson Memorial Scholarship

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Bill Simpson’s career as an educator and technologist impacted the lives of thousands of K-12 students, teachers and district administrators. His passion for teaching promoted the power and promise of technology, which he won several awards for, to enhance learning to maximize student achievement.  Such passion made Bill a perfect fit for the state of California’s Computer Using Educator’s (CUE’s) Technology in Learning Leadership (TILL) Award which he received in 2004 and then went on to receive the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE’s) Outstanding Leadership Award which he was presented at their national conference in New Orleans the following year. Bill was passionate about education and in his memory, we offer the Bill Simpson Memorial Scholarship for Future Educators (BSMS).


The BSMS is designed to assist aspiring educators offset the costs of higher education while pursuing a Bachelors Degree and Teaching Credential.


Each year, one student will be selected to receive the BSMS, which is a $1,000 scholarship to use at any accredited institution in the US. The BSMS Scholar will be acknowledged at Senior Awards Night in June and receive the scholarship payment upon successful enrollment at a qualified higher education institution in the Fall immediately following graduation.

Eligibility Guidelines: 

  1. Continuously enrolled in a SMUSD high school from 9th – 12th Grade
  2. Maintain a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.0
  3. Graduating high school senior from SMUSD
  4. Declare a Major in the Educational Field w/ intent to pursue teaching credential
  5. Volunteer 20 – 30 hours to tutoring/mentoring with TSMP in your first year of college
  6. Financial need will not be taken into consideration when selecting award recipients except when two or more applicants have equal qualifications.

Application Process:

Students interested in applying for this scholarship opportunity will be required to complete the online application open from April 3rd to May 1st each year. The application will require students to share basic personal information, academic information, clubs/sports/civic engagement, and complete a 500 word personal statement. Following the application deadline, top candidates will be selected for a panel interview where the selection committee will have an opportunity to meet scholarship finalists and ask a series of questions.



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