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.

Distinguished Scholar 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), degree-seeking undergraduate student. Audited courses cannot be used to reach the minimum credit hours required for full-time status. You must enroll in an approved teacher education program. Applicants planning to teach in a critical shortage area receive priority; remaining applicants are ranked on the basis of GPA by class standing.FINANCIAL NEEDThis award is not based on need.AWARD AMOUNTThe award is $3,000 each year. This program is competitive. Students who are not funded initially will be placed on a waiting list. Funds may not be available to award all eligible students. The total dollar amount of all State awards may not exceed your cost of attendance as determined by your school’s financial aid office or $19,000, whichever is less.RENEWING AN AWARDYour award is renewed automatically if you and your parents are Maryland residents, retain your Distinguished Scholar award, maintain an annual, minimum 3.0 GPA, and remain enrolled full-time at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university in an approved teacher education program. Your parents must also remain Maryland residents. The award may be renewed for an additional three years of full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate study.SERVICE OBLIGATIONYou must agree to work as a full-time classroom teacher in a Maryland public school, one year for each year of the award, or repay the scholarship with interest. If you fail to remain eligible for a Distinguished Scholar award, you must still fulfill the obligations of the Distinguished Scholar Teacher Education promissory note. You must begin the service obligation within nine (9) months of graduation. If you hold this scholarship with any other award requiring a service obligation, you must perform your service in consecutive years.

ISF-Dollar-a-Day Scholarship

ISF offers many joint scholarship programs with partner organization that share its common mission and vision. ISF is honored to host a joint scholarship with Dollar-A-Day Scholarship Fund. The ISF National Scholarships are open to all ISF supported majors. Description and Eligibility: ISF accepts online applications once a year starting in December for a period of three months. Each Eligible Applicant Must Be: Muslim and active member of the Muslim Community; Attending an accredited university in the U.S.; Majoring in an ISF supported field of study; Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average; A Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.; An undergraduate (junior/senior) or of graduate standing.

Edith Schwab Memorial Scholarship

The Edith Schwab Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Edith Schwab, Deputy Director of the Legislative Research Commission. This scholarship provides a non-renewable award of at least $1,000 to a graduate student pursuing a degree and career in government service (i.e. public service). This includes, but is not limited to fields of study such as public administration, teaching, public health, or social work.

Linda Davila Lyerla Memorial Scholarship Fund

College of Education For financially needy teaching majors with consideration given to adults returning to school and student population groups that are underrepresented in the field of teaching.

Melanie V. Chmielewski Educational Foundation

Scholarship awards to students pursuing a teaching degree. Initial approach: Letter Limited to residents of Wisconsin.

Graduate Assumption Program of Loans for Education (Graduate APLE)

The Graduate APLE is a state-funded competitive teacher incentive program administered by the California Student Aid Commission. It is designed to encourage individuals to complete their graduate degree and serve as faculty at an accredited community college or university in California. Once a Graduate APLE participant has obtained a graduate degree, the Commission may assume a total of up to $6,000 of outstanding educational loans in return for a cumulative total of three consecutive full-time years serving as a faculty member at one or more California colleges or universities.

WGU Future STEM Teachers of America Scholarship

WGU Missouri is pleased to offer the Future STEM Teachers of America Scholarship. This scholarship is available to those planning to pursue a teaching license in math or science and each scholarship is valued at up to $5,000. Eligibility Requirements To be eligible for this scholarship, students must: Complete an application for admission. Submit official transcripts of all prior college work. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be officially admitted to a WGU Missouri Teachers College licensure program in one of the STEM fields. Interview with a WGU Scholarship Counselor prior to award decision. Multiple scholarships will be awarded. However, this is a competitive program and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, financial need, readiness for online study at WGU Missouri, and current competency, plus other considerations. NOTE: This scholarship is designed for new WGU Missouri students only. Students are eligible to apply for these scholarships during the enrollment process and up to 60 days after starting a degree program. WGU employees and their spouses are not eligible to receive this scholarship.

Gladys and Ella F. Jones Memorial Scholarship

Winifred Jones of Seattle, Washington, has established a scholarship fund in memory of her sisters, Gladys and Ella F. Jones, graduates of VCSU and dedicated to the teaching profession. This fund will provide one $250 scholarship to a VCSU student who is a prospective elementary teacher in financial need, North Dakota resident, high school graduate, and citizen of good moral character.

Jerry Voorhis Memorial Scholarship

Criteria: Open to: Cal Poly Pomona Students Class standing: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Teacher Credential Major: See Other criteria Minimum GPA: 3.00 Unit load requirement: Full-Time (undergraduate 12 units, graduate 8 units) Required activities or participation: None Limited to students with calculated financial need: Yes Other criteria: Preference given to student(s) enrolled in human services, behavioral science, humanities, social science, social work, teaching, medical services, or counseling. Award varies from $450 to $1000.

Isabelle C. Jackson Education Memorial Scholarship

School/Area Eligibility For Scholarship: Florin HighMinimum Required Grade Point Average: 2.0Financial Need: Preference GivenPost Secondary Type of School: 4 Year College or University,Community CollegeSpecific Requirements for Applying: Pursuing Teaching CareerAttendance Requirement: Full-Time StudentRequired Participation In School Activities: YesRequired Participation In Community Activities: YesAdditional Qualifications: Applicant should demonstrate good citizenship.Required Letters of Recommendation: Required 2

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