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Secondary Teaching Scholarships

To be a teacher one must first become an educator. There are many scholastic pathways to becoming a teacher. There are also many fields within education that you can specialize in. In this category of teaching scholarships you may find public or private funding assistance that will help you achieve your teaching goals. Continue reading to find out more about the range of possibilities within this major as well as about teaching scholarships.

If you want to major in teaching or in education, you have a host of options. Most academic programs brake teaching down into the following categories: early childhood, elementary, middle school, physical, secondary and special education degree programs are all widely available. What field you decide to major in will depend on your educational and vocational goals and expectations.

The career outlook for these careers in varied. Not all teachers are in equal demand. However, one thing is certain. Good teachers are always needed. We all have memories of that one individual who changed the way we saw the world, the way we thought about ourselves and the universe around us. You can be that person. You can have that impact on another human being. What could be greater than that?

For kindergarten and elementary school teachers, the jobs picture is average, with a 17% increase in jobs expected between now and 2020. High school teachers are expected to experience only a 7% increase in employment opportunities, which is much lower than the national average for all occupations. This slower than average growth will be the result of lower enrollment growth for high school age individuals. But be aware that the employment picture will vary from region to region.

To be a teacher you must pass through several steps. The first step is the completion of an accredited  bachelor's degree program in your educational field.  Then you must also have a state-issued certification or license. This certification process varies between states. Check with the Department of Education in your state to find out exactly what will be required of  you.

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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.

Summer Mathematics Study Grants for Grades 6-8 Teachers

The purpose of this grant is to provide financial support for teachers seeking to improve their understanding of mathematics by completing course work in mathematics content. Grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching at the grades 6-8 level. Primary emphasis is placed on enrollment and completion of appropriate courses on mathematics content and the relevance of the course content to enhancing the teaching of mathematics in Grades 6-8. Proposals must address the following: rationale for the coursework, anticipated instructional improvements, and the expected impact on student learning. The grant will advance funds to cover tuition, and books. The balance of the funds will be issued as a stipend upon receipt of an official transcript that demonstrates completion of the proposed mathematics course work with a grade of C or better.The applicant must be a current Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or must teach at a school with a current NCTM PreK–8 school membership. The applicant must be presently teaching mathematics in grades 6-8 and intend to continue teaching in the next school year. 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.

Equity in Mathematics Grants for Grades 6–8 Teachers

The purpose of this grant is to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that will improve the achievement of student groups that have previous records of underachievement. Grants with a maximum of $8,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades 6–8. This award is for individual classroom teachers* or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels. Proposals must address the following: the mathematics content as defined in the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics of NCTM; the plan for improving achievement of the targeted students; and the anticipated impact on their 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 at a school with a current NCTM PreK–8 school membership and currently teach mathematics in grades 6–8 at least 50 percent of the school day. 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.

Sharon Christa McAuliffe Memorial Teacher Education Award

ELIGIBLE MAJORSAn approved teacher education program.ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTSYou and your parents (if you are a dependent student) must be Maryland residents. You must enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university as a full-time (12+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-11 credits per semester), degree-seeking undergraduate student or full-time (9+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-8 credits per semester), degree-seeking graduate student. Audited courses cannot be used to reach the minimum credit hours required for full-time or part-time status. You must enroll in an approved teacher education program in a critical shortage field.FINANCIAL NEEDThis award is not based on need.AWARD AMOUNTRENEWALS ONLY. The award amount will be based on your enrollment and housing status. The dollar amount of this award may not exceed $18,052. The total amount of all State awards combined may not exceed your cost of attendance as determined by your school’s financial aid office or $19,000, whichever is less. Funds may not be available to award all eligible students.RENEWING AN AWARDRENEWALS ONLY. Your award may be renewed if you maintain a minimum annual 3.0 GPA and remain enrolled part-time or full-time at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university in an approved teacher education program. You and your parents must also remain Maryland residents. The award may be received for a total of two years.SERVICE OBLIGATIONYou must agree to work as a full-time classroom teacher in a Maryland public school in the critical shortage area you have chosen, one year for each year of the award, or repay the scholarship with interest. You must begin the service obligation within twelve (12) months of graduation. If you hold this scholarship with any other award requiring a service obligation, you must perform your service in consecutive years.

Teacher Professional Development Grants for Grades 9-12 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 9–12 level. The proposal must delineate the teacher(s)' professional development plan and address how the proposed project will improve the teacher(s)’ competence and impact 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 9–12. Proposals must address the following: the professional development plan, how it will enhance the applicant(s)’ mathematical knowledge, and the 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 and currently teach mathematics in grades 9–12 at least 50 percent of the school day. 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.

Future Leaders Initial NCTM Annual Meeting Attendance Awards

The purpose of this grant is to provide financial assistance to first-time attendees at an NCTM annual meeting and exposition. The Mathematics Education Trust will fund travel, subsistence expenses, and substitute teacher costs of up to $1,200 + Meeting Registration to attend the Indianapolis Annual Meeting and Exposition for classroom teachers* in grades PreK–12 who have never attended an NCTM annual meeting and who are current Full Individual or E-Members of NCTM or teach at a school with a current NCTM PreK–8 school membership. Applicants must: * have a full-time teaching position for the school year; secondary school teachers must be teaching mathematics for at least 50 percent of their schedule; * have earned at least a bachelor's degree; * be teaching at the time of the application and anticipate teaching during the following school year.(*The definition of a classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching in the classroom.)Special consideration will be given to teachers of underserved and rural students. Any air travel arrangements must be made through the designated NCTM travel agent so NCTM can pay directly for the travel. Hotel arrangements will be made by NCTM.No person(s) may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year.

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.

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 J. Befort Scholarship

Applicant must be a full-time student majoring in Teacher Education and show financial need. The awards will be divided equally between male and female students.

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.

Continuing Education Scholarships – Credentialed Classroom Teachers and Counselors

Purpose – California State PTA offers scholarships ($500) to encourage PTA members to continue their education and pursue studies in higher education in California. The Continuing Education Scholarship Program recognizes volunteer service by providing funds for PTA members to register for courses at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools in the State. Eligibility – For the Continuing Education Scholarship for Credentialed Classroom Teachers and Counselors, successful applicants meet the following criteria: Current member of PTA unit in good standing with full time teaching or counseling contract at that PTA school for current year Teacher or counselor employed full time in California public school during preceding academic year Minimum of three (3) years' teaching/ counseling experience in California public school Plan to continue as a teacher or counselor Scholarship used for advanced studies at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools in California Scholarship utilized during the period January 1 to December 31 with courses completed by December 31 of year following award of scholarship Provide proof of enrollment and completion of coursework to California State PTA by June 1 Completed application and reference forms with letters received by California State PTA by October 15. Selection – Each year, the California State PTA Scholarship and Grant Committee carefully reads and vets each scholarship application. All applicants are notified of their status in January. Continuing Education Scholarship winners receive a letter of congratulations and recognition certificate from California State PTA along with a check. Application Tips – Before submitting your scholarship application packet to California State PTA, please remember to check that it includes: Completed application form and packet submitted by October 15. Copy of your current PTA membership card on 81/2" x 11" sheet of paper Descriptive essay (maximum 2 pages) outlining: Your current teaching/ counseling assignment Other teaching/ counseling assignments and dates of service How course(s) specified in the application will improve your effectiveness as a teacher/ counselor Your involvement in PTA/ school/ student extracurricular activities Two (2) completed reference forms and letters, written specifically for this application, which provide an evaluation of your abilities and characteristics as an applicant, comment on your personal and professional qualifications and discuss your PTA/ school/ student extracurricular activities First reference – Written by your current administrator, or representative Second reference – Written by current PTA president, or representative Remember to ask that reference forms and letters be given to you in a sealed envelope for you to include in your scholarship application packet.

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