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Education is one of the most potentially rewarding college majors you can choose. It is the educational pathway to the career of teaching. But teaching is more than a career. Teaching is about enlightenment, it's about the power of knowledge and helping people understand the world and realize their potential. There are a host of education scholarships out there to help you on your way to helping others.

There are several concentrations within the major of education. You can specialize in early childhood, elementary or middle school education. Also, there is physical, secondary and special education. Your choice will, of course, depend on your career goals and objectives. Whatever your choice, be prepared for a challenging academic experience as you master the subject or grade levels you plan to teach.

With early childhood education you learn to teach a range of subjects for the pre-kindergarten to 3rd-grade levels. For this major you'll need to love working with small children and teaching them all the subjects offered by your school. You should be creative and patient and a large reservoir of stamina wouldn't hurt either.

With elementary education as a major you'll learn to teach children from kindergarten up to grade 8. Degree candidates study how to teach a broad range of subjects, including language arts, mathematics, science and reading. The actual grade levels you'll end up teaching will depend on the school system that hires you. Some states have special requirements for teaching grades 6-8.

The major of middle school education prepares you to teach specific subject matter to grade levels 4-9, depending on the state where you teach. You'll take courses such as classroom management, content methods, curriculum development and instructional technology. You'll spend at least one semester student-teaching.

Physical education is a more difficult college major than many people would guess. The ideal student for this major will be good at a range of sports and physical activity. But just as important will be the ability to lead, to communicate and to inspire. As with other education programs, you'll spend at least one semester student teaching.   

Secondary education is also known as high school education. Here you will learn how to teach, inspire and motivate teenagers through the teaching of a specific subject, such as English, math or science. Over the coming decade job opportunities will be best for those teaching math, science and foreign languages. Education scholarships will most likely be more prevalent for these topics, also.

The major of special education trains you to teach children and young adults with disabilities. Job prospects for this major are excellent. Special education scholarships are also widely available. The ideal degree candidate will be patient, nurturing and will enjoy an intellectually challenging career. 

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CTA Scholarship for Members

This program offers up to five scholarships in the amount of $3,000 to current "active" CTA members completing college coursework. Eligibility : 1. Be a current “active*” member of CTA (including members working on an emergency credential). *Pursuant to CTA Bylaws 2. Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by set deadline date (see website). A complete application consists of pages 1-6 plus official transcripts. 3. College coursework should demonstrate high academic achievement. Explain any unique circumstance related to medical, physical or emotional difficulties which may have affected your grades. Note: ESP applicants refer to the applicant’s statement directions (page 3 of application)

Fulgham-Fulghum National Foundation Scholarship

The FFNFF offers one $1,000.00 scholarship annually on a competitive basis to High School seniors accepted by a college or University. Applicants must be made on an official Fulgham-Fulghum Family Scholarship Application form. Applicants must request a FFNFF form by U.S. Postal Service mail from Rev. Peter C. Fulgham. Applicants MUST include a self-addressed envelope bearing first class postage with their request for an application form. The deadline for requesting an application form is March 15th each year. The deadline for submitting completed applications is April 15th each year. Priority will be given to High School Seniors entering a post-secondary program leading to a career in the teaching profession. Eligibility is limited to High School seniors. The completed application must contain the following information: The completed official FFNFF application form; Acceptance information by an accredited college or university; A summary of academic achievement in high school and any college work to date. Official transcripts are required; A list of the applicant's outside the classroom achievements and volunteer work; A 150-word essay The applications are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee, and the award is made each year to the applicant deemed most deserving based on the complete application. The scholarship recipient will be notified by the end of June. Only the successful applicant will be notified.

Charles & Shelby Obershaw Scholarship

Charles & Shelby Obershaw Scholarship provides scholarships to credential students in the College of Education, and to undergraduate business student. The award is for students that are at least a junior, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and financial need. The most recent awards averaged $1,000 each.

Marilla A. and Earl C. Salisbury Endowed Scholarship

First consideration will be given to direct descendents of Marilla Salisbury. Preference to students preparing for a career in teacher education. Financial need considered but not required. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500.

Leona Ernestine Doudy Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to students from the State of Hawaii who attend a Church of the Nazarene and who are preparing for ministry or to become teachers in the classroom.

SC Teaching Fellows Program

The mission of the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and to help them develop leadership qualities. Each year, the program provides fellowships to up to 200 high school seniors. Awards: Up to $6,000 yearly scholarship for four years, including $300 a year for summer enrichment. Eligibility: Written and oral application process, high academic achievement, a history of service to the school and community, and a desire to teach South Carolina's children.

The Sheuerman Scholarship in Teaching

Eligibility: Education Major • Junior/Senior standing; preference given to Seniors• at least half-time enrollment required• Cover letter from student detailing interests and background, and intention to teach• Letter of recommendation from CSU Stanislaus faculty member• Financial need required GPA: 3.00

Dr. Jack A. Graves Scholarship

Eligibility: Major: Education • Senior or 5th-year student standing• Financial need required• Plan to teach at elementary school level• Must have completed (or be currently enrolled in) a majority of teacher education coursework• Currently enrolled in the Multiple-Subject Teacher Credential Program• U.S. citizen and legal resident of California• Statement of objectives to outline personal and career goals stating reason for applicant’s choice to work with K-6th grade children• 3 letters of recommendation (CSU Stanislaus faculty, advisor, and teacher familiar with applicant’s volunteer work) GPA: 3.25

Alta T. and Daniel B. Straley Scholarship

Special Qualifications: • Applicant must plan to pursue a career in education/teaching • Scholastic ability, and financial need is also requirements for this scholarship.Requirements:# Transcripts# ACT or SATRenewable: YesRenewal Criteria: GPA of 2.5+

Native American Leadership Education Program

The Native American Leadership Education program (NALE) is for Native students who are paraprofessionals in Indian schools, and who plan to complete their degree in education, counseling, or school administration. Since only 7% of teachers in reservation schools are Indians, the need for more Indian teachers is huge.Scholarship Requirements * Students must be 1/4 or more degree American Indian, and be an enrolled member of a U. S. tribe. "U. S. tribe" is defined as federally recognized, state recognized, or terminated. * Students must be attending or planning on attending a college or university within the U. S. on a full-time basis that is fully accredited. Study must be at the college level, and can range from bachelor's degrees to postdoctoral study. Applicants must have excellent grades, high ACT or SAT scores, some work experience, a track record of leadership, and a strong commitment to their Indian community. * Students applying to the program are required to apply for all other sources of funds, write a comprehensive essay about themselves and their plans, and provide proof of high school completion, college admission, and tribal enrollment. "All other sources" includes federal financial aid, tribal scholarships, private scholarships, loans, and grants.

MC Strategies, Inc. Scholarship

A. All Applicants: (1) Applicant must be a member of AHIMA (2) Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0) or 3.5 (out of 5.0) or higher. (3) Applicant must be a full-time student (4) Applicant must be a citizen of the United States or its territories (5) An Independent Study Program student is not eligible for the loan or graduate scholarships. B. Graduate Scholarships: (1) Applicant must be a credentialed HIM professional (RHIA, RHIT, or CCS) and hold a bachelor's degree. (2) Applicant must be enrolled in a college or university accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. (3) Applicant must be an active or associate member of AHIMA AND (4) Applicant must be pursuing, at a minimum, a master's degree in a program related to HIM (computer science, business management, education, public health, etc.)

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