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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)

Dairy Farmers of America Scholarships

At Dairy Farmers of America, we believe it is important to invest in the next generation of leaders to ensure a bright future for the dairy industry. That is why we established the DFA Cares Foundation Scholarship Program. The Foundation awards scholarships to three categories of students: Incoming freshmen: High school seniors or recent graduates who have been accepted to college, but have not yet started classes Undergraduate students: Students who are currently participating in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program, but have not yet graduated Graduate/professional students: Students enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program Scholarships are available to students pursuing a career in the dairy industry or a related field: Dairy herd management/production Large animal veterinary medicine Marketing/economics/finance Processing/manufacturing Communications/journalism Quality assurance Dairy nutrition Dairy foods Education Engineering Policy Genetics Law Others Criteria Must be enrolled in or applying for an accredited degree program during the next scholarship year Applicant’s commitment and passion for a career in the dairy industry, as demonstrated through responses to three essay questions Extracurricular activities, awards, recognition and work experience Academic achievement

National FFA Alumni Association Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural education and a career as an agriculture teacher. Must be an alumni member or from an FFA chapter with an active alumni affiliate.AWARD: Five scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE)

The APLE is a state-funded competitive teacher-incentive program administered by the California Student Aid Commission. The APLE program is designed to encourage outstanding students to become teachers and serve in critical teacher shortage areas in California public elementary and secondary schools. Under the provisions of the APLE program, the commission may assume up to $11,000 in outstanding educational loan balances. (Preliminary Teacher Credential candidates only.)

I Mua Mälama JROTC Ka`awaloa Takemoto Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to encourage graduating JROTC Cadets to attend a post-high educational institution and give back to their community and nation by pursuing a career in public service in such professions as the military, law enforcement, firefighting, teaching, nursing, etc.  Minimum GPA 2.0  Be a graduating high school senior and Cadet in Junior Reserve Officer Training (JROTC) program from Farrington High School, Nänäkuli High School, or Kapolei High School  Half-time enrollment allowed  Successfully completed minimum one year JROTC program and held a leadership position  Demonstrate high moral character and exemplify the Army Values of: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage  Letter of recommendation signed by your respective schools Senior Army Instructor (SAI)

St. Anthony Publishing, Inc./Julia LeBlond Mem Sch

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.)

Minority Teacher/Special Education Scholarship

To be eligible you must be: 1. A minority student (defined as Black or Hispanic) seeking a teaching certification; or A student seeking a special education teaching certification; or A student seeking an Occupational or Physical Therapy certification. 2. An Indiana resident. 3. Admitted to an eligible institution as a full-time student or already attending as a full-time student. 4. Pursuing or intend to pursue a course of study that would enable the student upon graduation to teach in an accredited elementary or secondary school in Indiana. In addition, students who are already enrolled in college, must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 on a scale of 4.0 or the equivalent, or meet the minimum GPA requirements established at the college for its school of education, if it is higher. Colleges are responsible for making the actual awards. They may not base the awards solely on merit based factors. Financial need may be considered but is not a requirement. Preference will be given to minority students and students enrolling in college for the first time. Scholarships are not transferable between universities.

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+

Adult Vocational Training Grants

According to the Code of Federal Regulations (25 CFR, 27.5) Adult Vocational Training applicants must meet the following criteria: 1) Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe; 2) Be between age of 18 and 35 years; 3) Be in need of training to obtain reasonable and satisfactory employment; 4) Be willing to accept full-time employment as soon as possible after completion of training. 5) If applying for repeat AVT services, applicants must be unemployed, under employed, or unable to work in..primary occupation due to physical or other disabilities. 6) Submit a completed application packet on time.

Incentive Program for Aspiring Teachers Tuition Waiver

Who Is Eligible? To be eligible for an Incentive Program for Aspiring Teachers, a student must: Be in his/her third and/or fourth year of college and enrolled in state approved teacher education program field with teacher shortages. Have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average in general education courses. Commit to teaching for two (2) years (one year for each year of full or partial tuition waiver received) in a public school in the Commonwealth upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree from the college or university and the appropriate certification pursuant to section 38G of Chapter 71 M.G.L. Be deemed eligible by the institution. Complete an agreement regarding service and/or repayment (including interest). Achieve a 3.0 grade point average in the third year in order to receive the tuition waiver for the second year (senior year). Be a permanent resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the opening of the academic year. Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen. Be in compliance with applicable Selective Registration requirements. Not be in default of any federal or state loan or owe a refund on any previously received financial aid. Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress in accordance with institutional standards. File a current year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligible Institutions The nine Massachusetts State Colleges and the four campuses of the University of Massachusetts. Award Amounts Students eligible for the Incentive Program for Aspiring Teachers will be entitled to a tuition waiver equal to the resident tuition rate at the State College or participating University campus at which they are enrolled for two years. The tuition waiver for the second year of eligibility (senior year) is contingent upon the student earning a 3.0 grade point average in the third year. Forfeiture of Tuition Waiver Award Persons who participate in the program but do not complete their college education within four years of entering the certification program or who fail to complete their two-year teaching commitment within four years following graduation from college, shall be obligated to pay the Commonwealth the full amount of the tuition waivers granted through the Incentive Program for Aspiring Teachers, prorated according to the fraction of teaching not completed, with interest, as determined by the Board of Higher Education. How Do I Apply? Contact the financial aid at the State College or University that you are attending or plan to attend for application requirements and deadlines. You can also contact the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at (617) 391-6070 to obtain more information.

Anne Ehrenhardt Nolting Scholarship

Eligibility: * Description: Established by Leon Nolting in loving memory of his wife, Anne * Open to: Undergraduate members of the Alpha/DePauw chapter * Additional Criteria: Preference given to education majors. Recipients must have a B+ average

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