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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.

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.

Alice Busby Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Alice Busby Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1999 to honor a beloved member of the Leelanau Township community who died from breast cancer. An employee of the Northport Public Schools, where she was the Business Manager, she endeared herself to the faculty, staff and families of students who created this scholarship in her memory. The Alice Busby Memorial Scholarship Fund is designed to assist a graduating senior of Northport Public School who has demonstrated a commitment to community service and aspires to a career in elementary education or business.

Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics Grants for Grades 6–8 Teachers

The purpose of this grant is to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that actively engage students in tasks and experiences to deepen and connect their content knowledge. Grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades 6–8. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium. Materials may not be calculators, computers, or related equipment. Although such equipment is essential in today’s classroom, this award is not intended to purchase such equipment. The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us. Proposals must address the following: one or more of the Content Standards: number and operations, geometry, measurement, algebra; plan for developing and evaluating materials; and the anticipated impact on students’ learning.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 not eligible to reapply. No person(s) may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year.

Ken Rowe Memorial Scholarship

In remembrance of Ken Rowe, this scholarship offers assistance in the cost incurred by a qualified student who will be pursing a degree in elementary education. Applicant must be a Connersville High School student. Applicant must have applied and been accepted into an accredited institution of higher education that offers a Bachelors degree in elementary education. Applicant must have high academic and high moral standards.

William Jennings Casey Transition to Teaching Scholarship

Students with demonstrated financial need; students majoring in elementary education; two scholarships shall be awarded each year, one student for the fall semester and to a different student for the spring semester.

Willamena Ribbink Memorial Scholarship

Criteria: Available to Rochester, Adams and Stoney Creek seniors pursuing teaching career. Must demonstrate financial need; have minimum 2.0 GPA. Award: $500 Biography: Willamena Ribbink (1905-1992) worked as a teacher of business practices and counselor for 35 years at the Rochester Community Schools.

Career Advancement Program Tuition Waiver

The Career Advancement Program Tuition Waiver is designed to reward Massachusetts's public school teachers in their first three years of teaching who have passed all three components of the Massachusetts Teachers Test. It is further believed that the Career Advancement Program Tuition Waiver helps to increase the retention of new teachers during the first three years when attrition is highest; by rewarding teachers with career advancement opportunities. Eligible public school teachers receive up to three tuition-free state-supported graduate courses, one for each of their first three years of teaching. The value of the tuition waivers is approximately $300 per course. Who Is Eligible? To be eligible for a Career Advancement Tuition Waiver, a student must: Have passed all three components of the Massachusetts Teachers Test. Be a public school teacher in the year he/she using the award. Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts. Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen. Not be in default of a Federal or state loan or owe a refund on any previously received financial aid. 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 Career Advancement Tuition Waiver recipients shall be eligible for tuition for up to three state-supported graduate courses (in education or areas related to the teacher's subject matter), one for each of their first three years of teaching. Waivers must be used within two years of the year of teaching in a public school that has provided eligibility for the waiver. Individual student awards shall be up to the resident tuition rate at the participating institution. How Do I Apply? Contact the financial aid office at the institution you are attending or plan to attend for application requirements or deadlines.

Myron & Laura Thompson Scholarship

 Pursuing a degree in the field of early childhood education  Preference given to students who demonstrate an interest in working with Hawaiian children in Hawai`i after completion of their education  Demonstrate financial need  Submit two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors or community organization who can comment on your overall character, achievement and contribution to serve the greater community  Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 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.

Joette Lavarini Memorial Scholarship

$500 to an elementary student teacher with high academic standing, exemplary character and citizenship, and financial need.

John I. & Madeleine R. Taeni Scholarship Fund

For students pursuing degrees in teaching, nursing, paramedic training, or emergency medical technician training.

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