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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.

Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants for Grades PreK–5 Teachers

The purpose of this grant is to increase the breadth and depth of the mathematics content knowledge of one elementary school teacher who has a demonstrated commitment to mathematics teaching and learning. The applicant must have the support of the school principal in becoming a mathematics teacher-leader within her or his school or district. Grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded. Only one teacher per school may receive the award. The desired outcome of the funded project is the development of an elementary school mathematics teacher with mathematics content expertise.The grant recipient will be expected to provide ongoing professional development to teachers within the school or district to strengthen their mathematical understandings and instructional practices. The professional development must include sustained in-service programs focusing on improving the content knowledge of the elementary teachers within the school or district and working with teachers in their classrooms through demonstration teaching or co-teaching. The applicant will be expected to select, in collaboration with the school principal and other teachers, specific mathematics content aligned with the Content Standards of Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM 2000) and develop expertise in this mathematics content. The grant applicant must be a current Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM. The applicant must (1) be a classroom (elementary school) teacher* with at least three years of experience and (2) have mathematics as a regular teaching responsibility. (*The definition of a classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching in the classroom.)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

Inspirational Educator Scholarship

 Pursuing a career in the education field  Half-time enrollment allowed  Submit two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, employers, coaches or other citing examples of how applicant has already worked in and will continue to work with the Hawaiian community  Submit essay on applicant’s commitment to education and how you would use scholarship funds for educational costs General criteria: • Must be a classified undergraduate student • Enrolled in a degree-seeking program, unless specifically noted • Enrolled in a two- or four-year, accredited* college institution in Hawai`i or the continental U.S. • Demonstrate interest in Hawaiian language, culture, history • Demonstrate a commitment to contribute to the greater community. *See website for accrediting bodies that are recognized by the Foundation. 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.

Joye E. Witten Hays High/Felten Middle School Scholarship

Applicant must be a Hays High graduating senior planning to become a teacher. Must have attended Felten Middle School at least one semester.

Improving Students’ Understanding of Geometry Grants for Grades PreK–8 Teachers

The purpose of this grant is to develop activities that will enable students to better appreciate and understand some aspect of geometry that is consistent with the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics of NCTM. Grants with a maximum of $4,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching at the grades PreK–8 level. The project should include applications of geometry to, for example, art, literature, music, architecture, nature, or some other relevant area and may integrate the use of technology into the teaching of geometry. The activities may use published materials. Any published sources must be documented. Any acquisition of equipment or payment of personal stipends must be critical to the grant proposal and may not be a major portion of the proposed budget. Proposals must address the following: geometry content, the appropriateness of the application, the link between the Geometry Standard and the project’s activities, 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. 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.

Professional Development Scholarship Emphasizing the History of Mathematics for Grades 6-12 Teachers

The purposes of this scholarship are to provide financial support for (1) completing credited course work in the history of mathematics, (2) creating and field-testing appropriate classroom activities incorporating the history of mathematics, and (3) preparing and delivering a professional development presentation to colleagues. A scholarship with a maximum of $3,000 will be awarded to an individual currently teaching mathematics at the grades 6–12 level. Proposals must address the following: identification of the credited agency offering the course(s), a complete description of the course(s), an outline plan for field-testing created activities, the anticipated instructional improvements and the expected impact of the shared created activities on colleagues and on student learning outcomes.The applicant must (1) be a current Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM; (2) have taught school mathematics for at least three years; and (3) intend to remain in teaching. Teachers of grades 6–12 satisfying (1)-(3) who have taken a course previously in the history of mathematics are eligible to apply. No person(s) may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year. Past recipients of this scholarship are not eligible to reapply.

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.

Alma White - Delta Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship

Alma White was a long-time teacher and principal in Hawai'i. When she died, she left a great part of her assets to the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Delta Chapter, of which she was a member. The Society is an educational society dedicated to the advancement of women educators. The Chapter members established this scholarship which will enable future generations of Hawai'i students to pursue teaching as their life's calling. Requirements: Major in Education. Be a college junior, senior or graduate student. Applicants must submit a letter from their school confirming enrollment in the Education program. Two letters of recommendation required. Be a resident of the State of Hawaii Be a full-time student Maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA

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

NFB Educator of Tomorrow Award

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. The winner must be planning a career in elementary, secondary or post-secondary teaching. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.

Math and Science Teachers Scholarship Program

The Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Program was established as a pilot initiative by the Massachusetts Legislature for the purpose of providing financial assistance for coursework leading to the initial educator license in a Mathematics or Science field for teachers who are currently employed in Massachusetts public schools and teaching Mathematics or Science courses under either a preliminary license, waiver, or are teaching outside of their licensed field. This scholarship serves to address the Mathematics and Science teacher shortage and is also designed to help reduce financial barriers that teachers often face when pursuing degree programs or required courses of study. Who Is Eligible? To be eligible for the Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Program, an applicant must: be employed, full or part-time, as an educator in a Massachusetts public school or school that provides publicly-funded special education and be currently teaching Mathematics or Science (including Technology or Engineering) under a preliminary license, waiver, or outside their licensed area; and meet the following criteria: be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen be enrolled in up to three higher education courses per academic semester in fulfillment of degree or program requirements in a state-approved educator preparation program for the initial license in the Mathematics or Science field and level of interest sign an agreement to continue teaching Mathematics or Science (including Technology/Engineering) full time in a Massachusetts public school for a term of service after completion of courses or program (no longer teaching out-of-field) or repay funds as defined by the scholarship terms and conditions be eligible under Title IV Regulations and not in default of a state or federal education loan or grant annually file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Priority consideration will be given to applicants meeting the above criteria who are teaching full or part time in a high-need district. A high-need district is a district that has been identified for corrective action in which there are one or more schools identified for corrective action or restructuring or districts in which the percentage of low-income students is 40 percent or greater. Preference will be given to applicants who are identified by superintendents or principals as highly talented educators, who have demonstrated a commitment to education and to instructional excellence. Eligible Institutions For the purpose of this scholarship program, an eligible institution is defined as a public or private college or university in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that has an approved educator preparation program for the initial license in the Mathematics or Science field and level of interest. Award Amounts The value of the scholarship for this program will vary, depending on the institution, and may be awarded to cover the cost of tuition, fees, and related expenses for up to three courses per academic semester, based on availability of funds. Teachers in high-need districts are eligible to receive 100% of these costs and teachers employed in non-high-need districts are eligible to receive partial funding, 75% of these costs.

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