Eligibility for an award is limited to a teacher or counselor in a high need area in West Virginia. The following is a list of subject areas of critical need and the geographic areas of the state in critical need and are eligible to apply for 2020-21 (Map).
Mathematics: Boone, Cabell, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Raleigh
Science: Berkeley, Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Raleigh, Wyoming
Special Education: Berkeley, Kanawha, Raleigh, Wayne, Wyoming
Elementary Education: Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Wyoming
Counseling: Berkeley, Boone, Fayette, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Roane, Upshur, Wyoming