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.

Litherland / FTE Scholarship

The Foundation for Technology Education proudly announces the $1,000 Litherland/FTE Scholarship in honor of Dr. Les Litherland. The scholarship is for an undergraduate student majoring in technology education teacher preparation. The award is based upon interest in teaching, academic ability, need, and faculty recommendations.Eligibility Requirements: * Applicant must be member of the International Technology Education Association. (Membership may be enclosed with scholarship application.) * Applicant must not be a senior by application deadline. * Applicant must be a current, full-time (as defined by the respective institution) undergraduate majoring in technology education teacher preparation.

Mabel Durston Folendorf Scholarship

College of Education For elementary education majors.

Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants for Grades PreK–2 Teachers

The purpose of this grant is to incorporate music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics. Grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades PreK–2 level. This award is for individual classroom teachers* or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels. Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant. Proposals must address the following: the combining of mathematics and music; the plan for improving students’ learning of mathematics; and the anticipated impact on students’ 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 in a school with a current NCTM PreK–8 school membership and currently teach mathematics or collaborate with teachers of mathematics in grades PreK–2. 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.

WGU Future STEM Teachers of America Scholarship

WGU Missouri is pleased to offer the Future STEM Teachers of America Scholarship. This scholarship is available to those planning to pursue a teaching license in math or science and each scholarship is valued at up to $5,000. Eligibility Requirements To be eligible for this scholarship, students must: Complete an application for admission. Submit official transcripts of all prior college work. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be officially admitted to a WGU Missouri Teachers College licensure program in one of the STEM fields. Interview with a WGU Scholarship Counselor prior to award decision. Multiple scholarships will be awarded. However, this is a competitive program and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, financial need, readiness for online study at WGU Missouri, and current competency, plus other considerations. NOTE: This scholarship is designed for new WGU Missouri students only. Students are eligible to apply for these scholarships during the enrollment process and up to 60 days after starting a degree program. WGU employees and their spouses are not eligible to receive this scholarship.

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.

Student Teaching Stipend for High-Needs Fields

The State's biennial budget was passed by the Indiana General Assembly, and one of the provisions in the budget is to create new student teacher stipend programs for students. This program is for students who plan to teach in "high-need" fields, which means a teaching specialty that affects the economic vitality of Indiana and in which there is a shortage of candidates. The Commission has determined which specialties are considered “high-need fields.” The Commission has defined high-need fields as middle or high school level math or science. Special education is included through statutory language. An individual may apply for a stipend if the individual: is a student who is enrolled in a course of study that would enable the student, upon graduation, to teach in an accredited school in Indiana in: special education; or a high-need field; will participate in student teaching as part of the student's degree requirements; has earned a cumulative grade point average upon entering 1 student teaching of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent as determined by the eligible institution; and meets any other minimum criteria established by the Commission. The student must show that he/she will engage in student teaching during the upcoming academic term. The stipend will be a maximum of $5,000 (if the student has a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale) or $4,000 (if the student has a GPA of at least 3.0 and less than 3.5 on a 4.0 scale). The actual amount of the stipend will depend on the number of eligible applicants. FAFSA must be filed before a student can complete the online stipend application. It takes 5 to 7 business days from filing for FAFSA data to be available in the state's system. Therefore, the FAFSA must be filed in time for the student to meet the application deadline. Stipends will be awarded AFTER the application deadlines for each term.

William & Hazel Hardin Education Scholarship

For rising college Junior and Senior students pursuing a degree in preschool, elementary or secondary education. For residents of Gaston, Randolph or Richmond counties. Based on character, academic achievement, financial need and desire to work with children.

Anna Thomson Memorial Scholarship

In remembrance of Anna Thompson, a scholarship will offer 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 moral standards.

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.

Norma Gotwalt Scholarship Fund

The Norma Gotwalt Scholarship Fund is an endowment of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. This scholarship will made one award for a female who is studying elementaryeducation. Recipient must be in her junior or senior year at Penn State Capital College. This scholarship fund was established in honor of two of Ms. Gotwalt’s colleagues in the field of Education: Dr. William Henk and Dr. Steven Melnick. This $3,000 annual scholarship can be used for tuition, course fees, or textbooks and is contingent on a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA while at Penn State Capital College.SELECTION CRITERIA:Scholarship applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:1. Must be a female elementary education student in her junior or senior year at Penn State Capital College.2. Must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in her time at Penn State Capital College3. Career goals4. Essay 300 words maximum, typewritten, 12 pt. font, double spaced5. Financial need6. Community service

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