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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.

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.

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.

Lou Fontana Scholarship

SELECTION CRITERIA: • Student Grade Point Average • Work experience with people with disabilities (paid and/or volunteer) • Resume • “Statement of Commitment” to working with students with disabilities WHO SHOULD APPLY: • Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Maine system who are matriculating toward a degree in teaching Special Education, preferably in the area of Severe Disabilities, but anyone pursuing a degree in Special Education will be considered. Preference may be given to applicants following a non-traditional path to the profession. APPLICATIONS: Applications must include one (1) copy of each of the following: • A profile of the applicant’s background (100-150 words) which can serve as the basis of a press release • Up-to-date copies of transcripts • A completed resume • A written “Statement of Commitment” to working with students with disabilities • A cover letter that states how this scholarship will assist the student in completing studies in teaching Special Education

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.

Violet Hughes Scholarship

 Graduate level or 5th certification students  Major in the field of education 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.

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.

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.

Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics Grants for Grades 6–8 Teachers

The purpose of this grant is to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that actively engage students in tasks and experiences to deepen and connect their content knowledge. Grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades 6–8. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium. Materials may not be calculators, computers, or related equipment. Although such equipment is essential in today’s classroom, this award is not intended to purchase such equipment. The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us. Proposals must address the following: one or more of the Content Standards: number and operations, geometry, measurement, algebra; plan for developing and evaluating materials; 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 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 not eligible to reapply. No person(s) may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year.

Wallace N. Weber MD Scholarship

Preference to applicants with a major in elementary or secondary education.

Student Teaching Stipend for Minorities

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 minority students (defined as black and Hispanic individuals) who plan to teach. An individual may apply for this stipend if the individual: is a minority student; will participate in student teaching as part of the student's degree requirements; has earned a cumulative grade point average upon entering 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.

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