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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.

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.

PreK-6 Classroom Research Grants

The purpose of this grant is to support and encourage classroom-based research in precollege mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators. Grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded to classroom teachers* currently teaching mathematics at the grades PreK–6 level. The research must be a significant collaborative effort involving a college or university mathematics educator (a mathematics education researcher or a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) and one or more grades PreK–6 classroom teachers. The proposal may include, but is not restricted to, research on the following topics: * Curriculum development and implementation * Involvement of at-risk or minority students * Students’ thinking about a particular mathematics concept or set of concepts * Connection of mathematics to other disciplines * Focused learning and teaching of mathematics with embedded use of technology (any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant) * Innovative assessment or evaluation strategies(*The definition of a classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching in the classroom.)Involvement of preservice teachers is encouraged but not required. It is hoped that this research will lead to an article suitable for publication in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education or in one of the NCTM school journals. Proposals must address the following: research design, the plan for collecting and analyzing data, 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 having a current NCTM PreK-8 school membership. The college or university mathematics educator must be a member of the NCTM. 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.

Teacher Education - Academic Opportunity Award

In addition to completing the scholarship application, applicants should include, under the work experience and activities sections of the application, any experiences that have involved working with children and/or youth (i.e. teaching Sunday school, helping with scouting programs). Other education scholarships are awarded to students who wish to teach in the following areas: elementary, middle, and secondary education. These awards are for incoming freshmen only.

Larry Acterman Public Education Award

Eligibility Applicants for this scholarship award must: 1. Be a high school senior (and US citizen) graduating from the Long Beach Unified School District. 2. Plan to enroll in a full-time course of study which leads to a degree and a teaching credential at an accredited four-year public college or university in the state of California. 3. Demonstrate a strong commitment and interest in pursuing a career in public education as a K-12 public school teacher in California. 4. Demonstrate outstanding scholastic ability, and a determination to graduate from college and become a public school teacher. For this scholarship you must arrange for at least two letters of recommendation. • At least one letter must be from a member of your school staff (e.g. teacher, academic counselor, principal, etc.). • At least one letter must be from an unrelated adult who has been involved with you in some significant activity outside of school.

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.

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.

The Second Effort Scholarship

The student shall have completed at least 45 semester hours, but not more than 95 semester hours; recipient must demonstrate outstanding improvement of his/her cumulative GPA since matriculation; recipient must have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

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.

The Angelo L. Tomasso Scholarship

Each year the Warren Township Lions Club offers scholarships to Warren Students that will be attending a college in the fall. The scholarships are based on financial need and are selected by a committee of Lions club members. The Angelo L. Tomasso Scholarship - awarded annually to a deserving student that will pursue an Education degree. Dr. Tomasso was a former Lion as well as Superintendent of Warren Schools for many years. Students interested in the Warren Lions Club scholarship should contact David Peterson, Director of Guidance at Watchung Hills Regional High School.

Cecile LaSalle Beougher Potential for Excellence in Teaching Award

1. FHSU elementary education (K-6) majors. 2. Have completed student teaching. 3. Be nominated by an FHSU faculty member or by the K-6 teacher under whom the candidate did student teaching. 4. Have received an "A" in directed teaching and a 3.5 overall undergraduate GPA. 5. Awards in the amount of $750.

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