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.

Tony Marley Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria * Application Deadline: see website * 2.5 GPA required * Major in Teacher Education * Attending Ashland University * Extracurricular activities * Work experience * Community service * Financial need * Teacher recommendation required.

Dr. Hans and Clara Zimmerman Foundation Education Scholarship

Requirements: Major in Education with emphasis on teaching. Preference given to non-traditional students with at least two years of teaching experience. Preference given to students of Hawaiian ethnicity. Minimum GPA 2.8. Two letters of recommendation required. Include in your Personal Statement any community service you have been involved in, and explain why you are involved in these activities. Include in your Personal Statement the answer to the question -- What is your teaching philosophy? And how is your philosophy being applied in the classroom today (provide an example)? IMPORTANT: Applicants are automatically disqualified if they do not address their teaching philosophy in the Personal Statement.

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.

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.

Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE)

K-12 teacher candidates may apply for the Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE) in return for teaching service. To receive up to $11,000 in loan-assumption benefits, students must provide four consecutive years of teaching in a California K-12 public school in a designated-subject shortage area, a low performing school or in a school serving a high proportion of low-income students. Applications are available at the School of Education Office or on-line at

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.

Hallie Conrad Boals Scholarship

Student majoring in Elementary Education; renewable at the discretion of the scholarship selection committee.

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.

Wind Early Childhood Scholarship

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

NCCTM Graduate Scholarships

The NCCTM Trust Fund Committee semiannually accepts applications from NCCTM members who are elementary or secondary school teachers of mathematics and who are taking graduate courses in mathematics and/or mathematics education as part of a graduate program leading to a graduate degree. The Trust Fund Committee awards scholarships of $600 to as many qualified applicants as the available investment income from the Trust Fund will permit. Scholarship applications may be submitted during the year, but will be reviewed twice a year. The application deadline is October 1 and March 1 with grants made at that time.

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