.02 Eligibility.

A. To be eligible for assistance under the Hoffman LARP, an applicant:

(1) Shall possess:

(a) An undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree from a college or university located in Maryland;

(b) A law degree from any school of law; or

(c) A resident teacher certificate from the Maryland State Department of Education after completing an alternative teaching preparation program approved by the State Superintendent of Education;

(2) Shall have obtained employment with the State (not including employment as a judicial clerk in any court), a local government, or an organization, institution, association, society, or corporation that is tax exempt under 501(c)(3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;

(3) May not be in default on any higher education loan;

(4) Shall have a higher education loan for undergraduate, graduate, professional, or resident teacher certificate study obtained for tuition, educational expenses, or living expenses from a college, university, government, or commercial source; and

(5) Shall meet annual income requirements as established by the Office for Student Financial Assistance.

B. In addition to the eligibility requirements in A of this regulation, an applicant for a Nancy Grasmick Teacher Award shall have:

(1) Taught in a public school in the State for at least 2 years:

(a) In science, technology, engineering, or math; or

(b) In a school in which at least 75 percent of the students are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program; and

(2) Received the highest performance evaluation rating possible for the most recent year.

C. In addition to the eligibility requirements in A of this regulation, an applicant employed as a licensed clinical counselor shall work in a high need geographic area of the State, as determined by the Maryland Department of Health, in one of the following fields:

(1) Licensed clinical alcohol and drug counseling;

(2) Licensed clinical marriage and family therapy counseling; or

(3) Licensed clinical professional counseling.