McBride Teacher-Scholar Award


The McBride Teacher-Scholar Award honors Bill McBride, who taught for 45 years in Colorado schools, including Manzanola, Poudre and Fort Collins High Schools, and Colorado State University. Established when he retired in 1998, the endowment continues Bill’s legacy of ensuring quality English Language Arts teachers for secondary schools.

Thanks to the generous support of the McBride Endowment, the CSU English Education program is able to provide awards to area teachers every year.

The recipient(s) of the award shall be participating in classes, workshops, the CSU Writing Project, or other offerings by the Department of English at Colorado State University. Recipient(s) must meet the selectivity requirements of the respective professional development activity.

Preference shall be given to a participant who is a teacher of English language arts in a public school. Current teachers of other subjects and prospective teachers of English language arts who have only student teaching left to complete may also apply. Because we seek to increase the diversity of our program, applicants who self-identify as members of marginalized populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

The award covers tuition for one 3-credit, graduate-level English course at CSU. Candidates can reapply for future semesters. The application deadline for the 2024-2025 school year is April 29, 2024.

We offer several graduate-level English courses in the late afternoons (starting at 4pm or later) once per week. Some of these course offerings for Fall 2024 include:

  • E503 – Investigating Classroom Literacies
  • E505B — Major Authors: Toni Morrison
  • E600A – Research Methods: Literary Scholarship
  • E603 – Critical Digital Rhetoric
  • E638 – Assessment of English Language Learners

To see full course descriptions for these classes, please visit:

The spring 2025 schedule is currently not available.