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.

Inspirational Educator Scholarship

 Pursuing a career in the education field  Half-time enrollment allowed  Submit two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, employers, coaches or other citing examples of how applicant has already worked in and will continue to work with the Hawaiian community  Submit essay on applicant’s commitment to education and how you would use scholarship funds for educational costs General criteria: • Must be a classified undergraduate student • Enrolled in a degree-seeking program, unless specifically noted • Enrolled in a two- or four-year, accredited* college institution in Hawai`i or the continental U.S. • Demonstrate interest in Hawaiian language, culture, history • Demonstrate a commitment to contribute to the greater community. *See website for accrediting bodies that are recognized by the Foundation. 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.

Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG) Program

The Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG) program is for students who plan on working in specific career/occupational programs upon graduation. Eligible fields include: child care, human services, teaching, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, social work, and public service. Who may apply: Current high school seniors, full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an eligible accredited Maryland postsecondary institution. How to apply: Complete the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant application online at and submit official transcripts from all institutions you have ever attended. To be considered based on need, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at for the application year. The FAFSA is not required; however, it will be used to determine the order in which students will be awarded. Certain majors may require additional documentation, which will be noted on the application. When to apply: File the WSSAG application by July 1 Eligible majors: Eligible majors and employment fields will be determined by an Advisory Council biennially and will address statewide and regional workforce needs. Employment fields may be limited to certain occupational areas within a field. Eligible majors and employment fields (see website). ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS You 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 a 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 for full-time or part-time status. NOTE: Individuals who have received scholarships in prior years under MHEC's former career/occupational programs (Child Care Provider; Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Workforce Tuition Assistance Program) will continue to receive their awards as long as they remain eligible. Students who receive one of these former awards are not eligible to also receive a WSSAG award. MERIT AND/OR NEED-BASED CRITERIA Both merit and need-based criteria will be used when making awards. Applicants will be ranked by Grade Point Average (GPA) and then by need within each occupational field. Those students with the greatest need within each GPA range will be awarded first. To determine a student’s merit ranking, transcripts will be required. To determine the GPA ranking of students, a cumulative, unweighted GPA will be used. If necessary, GPAs will be recalculated to be considered on a standardized 4.0 scale. To determine a student’s need ranking, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed by the applicant and received by OSFA by the July 1 deadline; however, it is not mandatory to file the FAFSA to be eligible to receive an award. AWARD AMOUNT Award amounts are set at the statutory minimum and are based on the type of institution and the student’s enrollment status. The award is $2,000 per year if attending a Maryland community college full-time (12+ credits per semester) or $1,000 per year if part-time (6-11 credits per semester). The award is $4,000 per year if attending a Maryland four-year institution full-time (12+ credits per semester for undergraduate; 9+ credits per semester for graduate) or $2,000 per year if part-time (6-11 credits per semester for undergraduate; 6-8 credits per semester for graduate). The total dollar amount of all State awards may not exceed a student's cost of attendance as determined by the school's financial aid office or $19,000, whichever is less.

James Madison Memorial Fellowship

Purpose: The James Madison Fellowship Program supports future secondary school teachers of American history, American government, or social studies for master's-level study of the roots, framing, principles, and development of the U.S. Constitution. Programs Funded: Information on this page pertains to the Junior Fellowships for outstanding college seniors and college graduates without teaching experience. The Fellowship awards up to $24,000 for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses, prorated over the course of graduate study. Fellows may attend any accredited U.S. university that offers the M.A. in American history or political science, M.A.T. in history or social studies, or a related master's degree in education that permits a concentration in U.S. history, government, social studies, or political science. The program must offer courses, graduate seminars, or opportunities for independent study in specified topics directly related to the framing and history of the U.S. Constitution. Doctoral-level study, law degrees, teaching certificates, and study for a master's degree in public affairs or public administration are not eligible. Eligibility: Candidates must be seniors or recent graduates who are U.S. citizens or nationals with demonstrated records of commitment to civic responsibilities and to professional and collegial activities. They must intend to become secondary American history or social studies teachers. Receipt of the Fellowship confers the obligation to teach American history, government, or social studies in grades 7-12 for no less than one year for each full academic year of study funded by the Fellowship. Selection Criteria: Applicants must demonstrate commitment to a career in secondary teaching emphasizing constitutional studies, devotion to civic responsibility, and potential for outstanding classroom teaching. Application Process: Interested students should send for or download an application well in advance of the set deadline date for receipt of applications and all supporting documents. The application requires an essay on the importance of the Constitution and evaluations attesting to the applicant's academic achievements and potential as a teacher.

Michael Moody Fitness

The Michael Moody Fitness Scholarship offers $1,500 to a high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, participation and leadership in school activities and work experience, and interest in pursuing a career in the health and fitness related fields. The student may apply and use the money for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. The scholarship is sponsored by Michael Moody Fitness. The 2017 program will be accepting scholarship applications from August 2nd, 2017 until 1,000 scholarship applications are submitted or July 15th, 2018, whichever comes first. Your scholarship application MUST be one of the first 1,000 submitted by the deadline date.

Sams, Earl C. Foundation Scholarship

Scholarship Value: Up to $3000Classifications: OpenMinimum GPA: 2.5Eligible Majors: EducationEligible Schools: Jarvis Christian College, Paul Quinn College, Wiley CollegeEligible Locations: Texas Scholarship Detail:This scholarship is targeted to students who major in either elementary or secondary education.Donor/Sponsor Name: Earl C. Sams Foundation, Inc.

Connecticut Education Association Minority Scholarships

Selection Criteria: * Entering or enrolled in a four-year Connecticut college or university * U.S. citizen * Teaching major * Minority student * Academic excellence, 2.75 GPA * Financial need * Acceptance letter from college for high school graduate; letter from college professional program for college student.

Alison Miles Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time Secondary Education teacher credential candidate who has a student teaching placement at a middle school. Announced fall semester of credential program year. Minimum GPA as required for the program. Application for financial aid needs to be on file in the Financial Aid Office. Financial eligibility, as determined by the Financial Aid Office using federal and state guidelines, may be taken into consideration. For more information, contact the Credential Programs Office (707) 826-5867. Scholarship applications are available at the School of Education website. See website for deadline.

Mathematics Graduate Course Work Scholarships for Grades 9–12 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 9–12 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; (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.

Cal RTA #27

This $1,000 scholarship is available to students in the HSU credential programs during their student teaching year, including elementary, secondary and special education, and those in the Liberal Studies Elementary Education-Integrated program. Applicants must be a graduate of a public, private or charter high school in Humboldt or Del Norte counties or the Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District, or, if there no candidates from these schools or districts, then the award may be given to the most qualified candidate, meeting all other criteria. Application for financial aid needs to be on file in the Financial Aid Office by March 2. Applicants must a a senior or post baccalaureate during the year of the award. The HSU School of Education will solicit applications from candidates. For more information, contact the Credential Programs Office (707) 826-5867.

Connecticut Minority Teacher Incentive Program

Selection Criteria: * Amount awarded: up to $5,000/year for two years in school and up to $2,500 for four years while teaching * Full-time college junior or senior * African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American or Native American heritage * Weisman applicants also must intend to teach math or science * Nomination by Educational Dean at college student is attending

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