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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.

Charlie Mann Scholarship

Recipient must be from Kansas with first preference given to students pursuing a teaching profession. The scholarship will be renewable if the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA.

Christa McAuliffe Teacher Incentive Program

Eligibility requirements: Legal residents of Delaware. U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Full-time students enrolled at a Delaware college in an undergraduate program leading to teacher certification. High school seniors must rank in upper half of class and have a combined score of 1570 on the SAT. Undergraduates must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA. Awards may be provided for programs of study not available in Delaware or prorated for part-time students. Preference is given to applicants planning to teach in a critical need area as defined by the Delaware Department of Education. Award: Loan not to exceed cost of tuition, mandatory fees, and other direct educational expenses. Renewable for up to three additional years with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 Loan forgiveness provision at a rate of one year of teaching in a Delaware public school for one year of loan.

James and Phyllis Kellerman Family Scholarship

Eligibility: 1. Native FHSU student, cannot be a transfer student. 2. Junior or senior classification. 3. Awarded yearly on a rotating basis to the following areas: Management Information Systems, Elementary Education and Chemistry Pre-Medicine major.

Edith E. Smith Memorial Scholarship

College of Social Sciences - History History major interested in pursuing a career in elementary/secondary education. Overall GPA of 3.0 with a 3.5 in major.

Mathematics Graduate Course Work Scholarships for Grades 6-8 Teachers

The purpose of this grant is to provide financial support for improving teachers’ understanding of mathematics by completing graduate course work in mathematics. Scholarships with a maximum of $2,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching at the grades 6–8 level. Primary emphasis is placed on appropriate mathematics content courses. Mathematics education courses may also qualify if a suitable rationale is provided by the applicant. Proposals must address the following: rationale for the coursework, anticipated instructional improvements and expected impact on student learning outcomes.The applicant must (1) be a current Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current NCTM PreK–8 school membership; (2) have taught school mathematics at least three years; and (3) intend to remain in teaching. 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.

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.

Isabel M. Herson Scholarship in Education

Available to graduate or undergraduate level students enrolled in a degree program in either elementary or secondary education. Award for full-time study for one academic year (Fall-Spring).

Elementary Education Scholarship

Recipient must be a junior with at least a 3.2 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale; students are nominated by the faculty for the scholarship, and the Departmental Honors Committee selects the students to be awarded this scholarship.

Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program

Under this program, individuals who have taught full-time for five consecutive complete academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools that serve low-income families and meet other qualifications may be eligible for forgiveness of up to $5,000, and in some cases up to $17,500, in principle and interest of their Direct Loan and/or Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFELP) loans and certain consolidation loans. For more information go to www.studentaid.ed.gov. Click on the Repaying tab, and then select Cancellation and Deferment Options for Teachers.

Janet Monroe Wendschlag and Bryan John Wendschlag Memorial Scholarship Fund

In their memory the family has established a scholarship to be awarded to a junior or senior student pursuing an art, music or elementary education degree. The student must be a North Dakota resident and a graduate of a North Dakota high school.

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