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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)

Child Care Provider Scholarship

ELIGIBLE MAJORSChild development program or early childhood education program.ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTSYou and your parents (if you are a dependent student) must be Maryland residents. You must enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university as a full-time (12+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-11 credits per semester), degree-seeking undergraduate. Audited courses cannot be used to reach the minimum credit hours required for full-time or part-time status. You must enroll in a child development program or an early childhood education program. You may only attend part-time if you are working at least 15 hours a week at a child care or family day care center.FINANCIAL NEEDThis award is not based on need.AWARD AMOUNTFOR RENEWALS ONLY. An award for full-time attendance at a community college is $1,000 per year; a part-time award is $500 per year. An award for full-time attendance at a four-year institution is $2,000 per year; a part-time award is $1,000 per year. The total dollar amount of all State awards may not exceed your cost of attendance as determined by your school’s financial aid office or $19,000, whichever is less. Funds may not be available to award all eligible students.RENEWING AN AWARDYour award may be renewed if you maintain satisfactory academic progress at the college you attend, maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA, and remain enrolled in an approved program. You and your parents must also remain Maryland residents. The award may be renewed for up to an additional three years.SERVICE OBLIGATIONYou must agree to complete an education program in early childhood education or child development and be employed as a director or senior staff member of a licensed Maryland child care center or as a family day care provider in Maryland on a full-time basis one year for each year, or portion thereof, you receive the award.NOTE: Teaching in a public school in Maryland will not fulfill the service requirement, nor will teaching as a kindergarten teacher. You must begin employment within six months of your graduation. If you do not meet your service obligation, your scholarship must be repaid with interest. If you hold this scholarship with any other award requiring a service obligation, you must perform your service in consecutive years.

Distinguished Scholar Teacher Education Award

ELIGIBLE MAJORSAn approved teacher education program.ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTSYou and your parents (if you are a dependent student) must be Maryland residents. You must enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university as a full-time (12+ credits per semester), degree-seeking undergraduate student. Audited courses cannot be used to reach the minimum credit hours required for full-time status. You must enroll in an approved teacher education program. Applicants planning to teach in a critical shortage area receive priority; remaining applicants are ranked on the basis of GPA by class standing.FINANCIAL NEEDThis award is not based on need.AWARD AMOUNTThe award is $3,000 each year. This program is competitive. Students who are not funded initially will be placed on a waiting list. Funds may not be available to award all eligible students. The total dollar amount of all State awards may not exceed your cost of attendance as determined by your school’s financial aid office or $19,000, whichever is less.RENEWING AN AWARDYour award is renewed automatically if you and your parents are Maryland residents, retain your Distinguished Scholar award, maintain an annual, minimum 3.0 GPA, and remain enrolled full-time at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university in an approved teacher education program. Your parents must also remain Maryland residents. The award may be renewed for an additional three years of full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate study.SERVICE OBLIGATIONYou must agree to work as a full-time classroom teacher in a Maryland public school, one year for each year of the award, or repay the scholarship with interest. If you fail to remain eligible for a Distinguished Scholar award, you must still fulfill the obligations of the Distinguished Scholar Teacher Education promissory note. You must begin the service obligation within nine (9) months of graduation. If you hold this scholarship with any other award requiring a service obligation, you must perform your service in consecutive years.

Sharon Christa McAuliffe Memorial Teacher Education Award

ELIGIBLE MAJORSAn approved teacher education program.ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTSYou and your parents (if you are a dependent student) must be Maryland residents. You must enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university as a full-time (12+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-11 credits per semester), degree-seeking undergraduate student or full-time (9+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-8 credits per semester), degree-seeking graduate student. Audited courses cannot be used to reach the minimum credit hours required for full-time or part-time status. You must enroll in an approved teacher education program in a critical shortage field.FINANCIAL NEEDThis award is not based on need.AWARD AMOUNTRENEWALS ONLY. The award amount will be based on your enrollment and housing status. The dollar amount of this award may not exceed $18,052. The total amount of all State awards combined may not exceed your cost of attendance as determined by your school’s financial aid office or $19,000, whichever is less. Funds may not be available to award all eligible students.RENEWING AN AWARDRENEWALS ONLY. Your award may be renewed if you maintain a minimum annual 3.0 GPA and remain enrolled part-time or full-time at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university in an approved teacher education program. You and your parents must also remain Maryland residents. The award may be received for a total of two years.SERVICE OBLIGATIONYou must agree to work as a full-time classroom teacher in a Maryland public school in the critical shortage area you have chosen, one year for each year of the award, or repay the scholarship with interest. You must begin the service obligation within twelve (12) months of graduation. If you hold this scholarship with any other award requiring a service obligation, you must perform your service in consecutive years.

Susan De Christofaro- Rogers Scholarship

Provides scholarships for students majoring in Child Development.

Education Scholarships - Loyola University Chicago

Two Half Tuition scholarships are offered to incoming freshmen entering the School of Education. Applicants must have a composite score of 22 or higher on the ACT or a 1010 or higher on the SAT. Qualified candidates who have already been admitted to Loyola may apply. Selected finalists are required to give a personal on-campus interview (please check date on website). Recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher for renewal.

Brown Foundation Scholarship Program for Educational Equality and Excellence

Applicants must meet the following criteria: * Recipients must be enrolled at least half-time as defined by the higher education institution of attendance. * Applicant must be enrolled at an institution of higher education with an accredited teacher education program. * Applicant must have been admitted to a teacher education program. * Applicant must have a grade point average at 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale or equivalent (i.e. 4.0 on a 5.0 scale). * Applicant must submit two references; one from a faculty member or other college/university official and one from a person familiar with the applicant's skills and abilities who is not a family member. Recommendations should take into account leadership, attitude, maturity, initiative, persistence, reliability, and communication skills. Indicate how many years known.

Nina Ribak-Rosenthal Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Must be accepted into School Counseling Program (PPS or M. Ed.)• GPA of 3.00 for at least 60 units completed• May be part-time or full-time• Essay required on the following subject: “Consider today’s world and the social, political, economic, and/or environmental issues/concerns. Discuss one issue which you consider to be poorly and/or unjustly handled. To what are you opposed? What do you suggest as a solution? How would you implement your idea?”

Marsh Minority Scholarship

Established by Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3 in 1997 to benefit Hispanic and African American students enrolled at West Texas A&M University majoring in the field of Education, Nursing, Allied Health, Sociology, or General Studies Eligibility
 • Restricted to African American and Hispanic students 
• Junior or Senior college students or masters level students
 • Maintain a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA while in college
 • Major in field of Education, Nursing, Alllied Health, Sociology, or General Studies at West Texas A&M University Application
• AAF General Scholarship Application Award Selection
 • AAF Scholarship Selection Committee Scholarship Amount 
• $1,000
 • Renewable award

Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities

The State's biennial budget was passed by the Indiana General Assembly, and one of the provisions in the budget is to create new student teacher stipend programs for students. This program is for minority students (defined as black and Hispanic individuals) who plan to teach. An individual may apply for this stipend if the individual: is a minority student; will participate in student teaching as part of the student's degree requirements; has earned a cumulative grade point average upon entering student teaching of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent as determined by the eligible institution; and meets any other minimum criteria established by the Commission. The student must show that he/she will engage in student teaching during the upcoming academic term. The stipend will be a maximum of $5,000 (if the student has a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale) or $4,000 (if the student has a GPA of at least 3.0 and less than 3.5 on a 4.0 scale). The actual amount of the stipend will depend on the number of eligible applicants. FAFSA must be filed before a student can complete the online stipend application. It takes 5 to 7 business days from filing for FAFSA data to be available in the state's system. Therefore, the FAFSA must be filed in time for the student to meet the application deadline. Stipends will be awarded AFTER the application deadlines for each term.

AASA Educational Administration Scholarship Award

AASA’s Educational Administration Scholarships were created in 1949 to provide incentive, honor and financial assistance to outstanding graduate students in school administration who intend to make the school superintendency a career. The scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each for outstanding graduate students are named for each of AASA's seven former executive directors. Recipients are honored at AASA's National Conference on Education and a $500 travel allowance is provided. Nominations and Deadlines Applications are available online by April 15 or from chairs of educational administration departments at universities that have such a program. Only one candidate may be submitted by each college or university campus and each candidate must be recommended by the dean of the school of education in which the candidate is enrolled. If a nominee is selected to receive this award, the nominee must be a member of or apply for membership with AASA at the aspiring superintendent rate.

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