Elementary Teaching Scholarships

In the elementary education major you will learn to instruct children from kindergarten up through grade 8 across the entire curriculum. The range of grades you teach will depend on the school district where you work. This is an exciting and rewarding major that can lead to employment where you actually make a difference in the lives of children. Continue reading below to find out more about the major and about elementary education scholarships.

In this major you will enroll in courses such as educational psychology, assessment and measurement, reading fundamentals, child development and classroom management. You'll also take courses on how to instruct children in specific subjects, such as teaching math, teaching science and teaching social studies. In these courses you will concentrate on different methods of instruction while also learning how to solve the problems that are inherent with teaching children new tasks. In your final year you will receive practical experience through the process of student teaching. 

When choosing an academic program you'll want to look into what sort of student teaching opportunities are available. Also, ask what sort of technology training the program provides. The art of teaching is a multimedia experience and you'll need instruction in the relevant tools if you are to succeed in the classroom. Finally, be certain that the program in question is certified by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

All states require elementary education teachers to be certified. This certification process varies between states with all states sharing some common requirements. These include a bachelor's degree from an accredited teaching program and a number of hours spent student teaching. Other requirements may include technology training and a minimum grade point average.

Employment projections for elementary school teachers predict that the number of teachers needed over the coming decade will grow. This growth will be fueled by an increasing population coupled with the large number of teachers due to retire between now and 2020.

Explore the links below to find out the specifics behind elementary education scholarships.

Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award

Established in 1989, the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to equality and education for women and girls. The award is given for a broad range of activities including classroom teaching, education and research, and legal and legislative work in equality for women and girls. While the award focuses on education, the recipient need not be an educator.

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

Betty Lee Dickey Goodrick Scholarship

Recipient must be a full-time BSU sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in Elementary Education; must demonstrate financial need; minimum GPA of at least 3.0 overall shall be a resident of Indiana at the time of the award.

Wind Early Childhood Scholarship

Students majoring in Early Childhood; demonstrated financial need; two scholarships shall be awarded each year.

DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship

Students that are eligible for the DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Scholarship must meet the subsequent conditions below. 1) Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year undergraduate institution located in the United States of America. 2) Be a U.S. citizen or maintain legal residency within the United States. 3) Have achieved a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 4) Must have applied for federal financial aid (FAFSA). 5) Excluded from consideration are employees and relatives of employees of JMX Brands, the company that owns DutchCrafters. Criteria: Students from all disciplines and fields of study are invited to apply. Scholarship recipients are selected based on the following factors: 1) Academic achievement and financial need 2) GPA of 3.0 or higher 3) The essay component of the application Scholarship recipients will be selected by the scholarship committee appointed by JMX Brands, which includes JMX Brands employees and appointed volunteers based on the criteria stated above. All scholarship recipients may be subject to a criminal background check. Recipients of a DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship shall not commit any act that indicates dishonesty or moral turpitude or that otherwise could materially injure the DutchCrafters reputation. If such an act is committed by a DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship recipient, the award shall immediately be revoked. In no instance will any Director or Officer of JMX Brands play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Ruckus House Scholarship

The Ruckus House Scholarship was developed in 2007 by current and former players of the Carolina Panthers to provide financial assistance to North Carolina residents who plan to attend college to pursue a career in early childhood, elementary, or special education. The Ruckus House Foundation is a non-profit organization that uses funds from charitable contributions and fundraising efforts.EligibilityApplicants must meet the following eligibility requirements: * Be accepted and enrolled in a public North Carolina college or university * Present one official transcript from the high school and college or university attended demonstrating at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) * Provide two letters of recommendation from teachers, employers, or administratorsRenewal Eligibility: Students must maintain a 3.25 GPA and provide one official transcript to the Foundation after each academic semester. Students will be given the opportunity and encouraged to volunteer or work at a Ruckus House Learning Center during the summer and/or school year.ValueTwo (2) to six (6) awards will be offered for the academic year. Each scholarship is valued up to $5,000 per academic year with renewal eligibility. Application ProcedureAll applicants must provide a complete application to be considered for this scholarship. In addition to the application, all applicants must provide an essay of 800 words or less that includes a brief biographical sketch; reason(s) why the applicant wants to teach; why they believe they deserve the scholarship; and future plans.If chosen as an award recipient, the student must complete an acceptance agreement committing to teach for five years.The application materials and other information can be obtained by downloading the application from the website or by contacting Mark Tracy at the Ruckus House Scholarship Foundation:

Teacher Professional Development Grants for Grades PreK–5 Teachers

The purpose of this grant is to support professional development to improve the competence in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers*. Grants of a maximum of $3,000 will be awarded to person(s) currently teaching at the grades PreK–5 level. The proposal must delineate the professional development plan and address how the proposed project will improve the teacher(s)’ competence and affect students’ learning. Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant. Recipients must have three or more years of teaching experience in grades PreK–5. Proposals must address the following: the professional development plan, how it will enhance the applicant(s)’ mathematical knowledge, and its anticipated impact on students’ learning. (*The definition of a classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching in the classroom.)The applicant must be a current Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current NCTM PreK–8 school membership. No person(s) may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year. Past recipients of this grant are not eligible to reapply.

Continuing Education Scholarships – Credentialed Classroom Teachers and Counselors

Purpose – California State PTA offers scholarships ($500) to encourage PTA members to continue their education and pursue studies in higher education in California. The Continuing Education Scholarship Program recognizes volunteer service by providing funds for PTA members to register for courses at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools in the State. Eligibility – For the Continuing Education Scholarship for Credentialed Classroom Teachers and Counselors, successful applicants meet the following criteria: Current member of PTA unit in good standing with full time teaching or counseling contract at that PTA school for current year Teacher or counselor employed full time in California public school during preceding academic year Minimum of three (3) years' teaching/ counseling experience in California public school Plan to continue as a teacher or counselor Scholarship used for advanced studies at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools in California Scholarship utilized during the period January 1 to December 31 with courses completed by December 31 of year following award of scholarship Provide proof of enrollment and completion of coursework to California State PTA by June 1 Completed application and reference forms with letters received by California State PTA by October 15. Selection – Each year, the California State PTA Scholarship and Grant Committee carefully reads and vets each scholarship application. All applicants are notified of their status in January. Continuing Education Scholarship winners receive a letter of congratulations and recognition certificate from California State PTA along with a check. Application Tips – Before submitting your scholarship application packet to California State PTA, please remember to check that it includes: Completed application form and packet submitted by October 15. Copy of your current PTA membership card on 81/2" x 11" sheet of paper Descriptive essay (maximum 2 pages) outlining: Your current teaching/ counseling assignment Other teaching/ counseling assignments and dates of service How course(s) specified in the application will improve your effectiveness as a teacher/ counselor Your involvement in PTA/ school/ student extracurricular activities Two (2) completed reference forms and letters, written specifically for this application, which provide an evaluation of your abilities and characteristics as an applicant, comment on your personal and professional qualifications and discuss your PTA/ school/ student extracurricular activities First reference – Written by your current administrator, or representative Second reference – Written by current PTA president, or representative Remember to ask that reference forms and letters be given to you in a sealed envelope for you to include in your scholarship application packet.

Violet Hughes Scholarship

 Graduate level or 5th certification students  Major in the field of education Applications are open to the general public. However, it is the policy of the Pauahi Foundation to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.

Equity in Mathematics Grants for Grades 6–8 Teachers

The purpose of this grant is to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that will improve the achievement of student groups that have previous records of underachievement. Grants with a maximum of $8,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades 6–8. This award is for individual classroom teachers* or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels. Proposals must address the following: the mathematics content as defined in the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics of NCTM; the plan for improving achievement of the targeted students; and the anticipated impact on their achievement. (*The definition of a classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching in the classroom.)The applicant must be a current Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current NCTM PreK–8 school membership and currently teach mathematics in grades 6–8 at least 50 percent of the school day. Past recipients of this grant are ineligible to reapply. No person(s) may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year.

LeVar Burton Educational Scholarship

This one is for those studying to be teachers or educators in some field. It relates to LeVar's interest in literacy and his program Reading Rainbow.

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