(1) The alternative route conditional scholarship program is created. The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance to encourage persons to become teachers through alternative route teacher certification programs and to retain these teachers in shortage areas.
(2) To qualify for the program an applicant must:
(a) Be accepted into, and maintain enrollment in, an alternative route teacher certification program under chapter 28A.660
(b) Intend to pursue an initial teacher certificate with an endorsement in a shortage area.
(3) Participants are eligible to receive an alternative route conditional scholarship for up to two academic years.