Education Scholarships

Education is one of the most potentially rewarding college majors you can choose. It is the educational pathway to the career of teaching. But teaching is more than a career. Teaching is about enlightenment, it's about the power of knowledge and helping people understand the world and realize their potential. There are a host of education scholarships out there to help you on your way to helping others.

There are several concentrations within the major of education. You can specialize in early childhood, elementary or middle school education. Also, there is physical, secondary and special education. Your choice will, of course, depend on your career goals and objectives. Whatever your choice, be prepared for a challenging academic experience as you master the subject or grade levels you plan to teach.

With early childhood education you learn to teach a range of subjects for the pre-kindergarten to 3rd-grade levels. For this major you'll need to love working with small children and teaching them all the subjects offered by your school. You should be creative and patient and a large reservoir of stamina wouldn't hurt either.

With elementary education as a major you'll learn to teach children from kindergarten up to grade 8. Degree candidates study how to teach a broad range of subjects, including language arts, mathematics, science and reading. The actual grade levels you'll end up teaching will depend on the school system that hires you. Some states have special requirements for teaching grades 6-8.

The major of middle school education prepares you to teach specific subject matter to grade levels 4-9, depending on the state where you teach. You'll take courses such as classroom management, content methods, curriculum development and instructional technology. You'll spend at least one semester student-teaching.

Physical education is a more difficult college major than many people would guess. The ideal student for this major will be good at a range of sports and physical activity. But just as important will be the ability to lead, to communicate and to inspire. As with other education programs, you'll spend at least one semester student teaching.   

Secondary education is also known as high school education. Here you will learn how to teach, inspire and motivate teenagers through the teaching of a specific subject, such as English, math or science. Over the coming decade job opportunities will be best for those teaching math, science and foreign languages. Education scholarships will most likely be more prevalent for these topics, also.

The major of special education trains you to teach children and young adults with disabilities. Job prospects for this major are excellent. Special education scholarships are also widely available. The ideal degree candidate will be patient, nurturing and will enjoy an intellectually challenging career. 

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CTA Scholarship for Members

This program offers up to five scholarships in the amount of $3,000 to current "active" CTA members completing college coursework. Eligibility : 1. Be a current “active*” member of CTA (including members working on an emergency credential). *Pursuant to CTA Bylaws 2. Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by set deadline date (see website). A complete application consists of pages 1-6 plus official transcripts. 3. College coursework should demonstrate high academic achievement. Explain any unique circumstance related to medical, physical or emotional difficulties which may have affected your grades. Note: ESP applicants refer to the applicant’s statement directions (page 3 of application)

Delta Gamma Foundation Memorial Scholarship

Offered to a legally blind junior, senior, or graduate student, of good character, have exhibited academic excellence, and are studying in the field of rehabilitation and/or education of persons who are visually impaired or blind. To be eligible, the applicant must be a United States citizen and submit: 1. Evidence of legal blindness 2. Official transcript(s) of grades 3. Proof of acceptance at a college or university 4. Three letters of recommendation 5. A typewritten of no more than three double-spaced pages describing educational and personal goals, work experience, extra-curricular activities, and how scholarship monies will be used.

L. Gordon Bittle Memorial Scholarships

Three (3), $2,000 scholarships are awarded annually. Must be an active member of Student California Teachers Association (SCTA) and be pursuing a career in public education. This scholarship is not available for those who are currently working as members of CTA. Applicants may be undergraduate, credential or graduate students. In order to receive funds, scholarship recipients will be required to show proof of registration in an approved teacher preparatory program in an accredited institution of higher learning in California.

Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars Schp

To qualify for the scholarship, each applicant must meet the following criteria: 1. Be a certified tribal member. 2. Plan to work on a reservation in the field of Education or Social Service. 3. Be accepted in, or already attending, an accredited college or university, enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, and preferably entering or in his/her Junior year. 4. Maintain a 3.0 average and carry at least 10 quarter hours or 8 semester hours. This allows for a work-study program and is required for consideration for renewal. To qualify for renewal of the scholarship award, the recipient must submit: 1. A written statement of financial need and verification of current address. 2. An official transcript of grades for the last 2 semesters or last 3 quarters of academic work. Requests for renewal will be accepted between April 1 and June 15 and must be on file by June 15.

Summer Internship Program in Research for Graduate Students

Description: Interns in this eight-week* program participate in research under the guidance of an ETS mentor in any of these areas: educational measurement and psychometrics validity natural language processing and speech technologies cognitive psychology learning theory linguistics and computational linguistics teaching and classroom research statistics international large-scale assessments Interns also participate in seminars and workshops on a variety of topics. Each intern is required to give a brief presentation about their project at the conclusion of the internship. Program Goals Provide research opportunities to individuals enrolled in a doctoral program in the fields described above. Increase the number of scholars and students from diverse backgrounds — especially traditionally underrepresented groups such as African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and American Indians — conducting research in educational measurement and related fields. Eligibility Current full-time enrollment in a doctoral program in any of the areas specified above. Completion of at least two years of coursework toward the Ph.D. or Ed.D. prior to the program start date.

Postdoctoral Research Award Program

Selection: The main criteria for selection will be scholarship and appropriateness of the proposed work for ETS. Affirmative action goals will also be considered in the selection process. Who should apply: The program is open to any individual who holds a doctorate in a relevant discipline and provides evidence of scholarship.

Marsh Minority Scholarship

Established by Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3 in 1997 to benefit Hispanic and African American students enrolled at West Texas A&M University majoring in the field of Education, Nursing, Allied Health, Sociology, or General Studies Eligibility
 • Restricted to African American and Hispanic students 
• Junior or Senior college students or masters level students
 • Maintain a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA while in college
 • Major in field of Education, Nursing, Alllied Health, Sociology, or General Studies at West Texas A&M University Application
• AAF General Scholarship Application Award Selection
 • AAF Scholarship Selection Committee Scholarship Amount 
• $1,000
 • Renewable award

Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship

Provided to graduate and undergraduate students who are legally blind and studying in the field of rehabilitation and/or education of persons who are visually impaired or blind and who can additionally submit evidence of economic need. To be eligible, the applicant must be a United States citizen studying in the U.S and submit: 1. Evidence of legal blindness 2. Official transcript(s) of grades 3. Proof of acceptance in an accredited graduate or undergraduate training program within the field of rehabilitation and/or education of persons who are blind or visually impaired. 4. Three letters of recommendation 5. A typewritten statement of no more than three double-spaced pages describing educational and personal goals, work experience, extra-curricular activities, and how scholarship monies will be used. Four scholarships of $2,500 each to undergraduates or graduates who are studying full-time in the field of rehabilitation or education of persons who are blind and/or visually impaired. Check website for changes in application deadline.

The Dwight P. Jacobus Scholarships

The Dwight P. Jacobus Scholarships were established by the Association of School Business Officials of Maryland and the District of Columbia to assist those citizens of the State and/or District who require financial assistance to secure a college education. Scholarships are awarded to deserving undergraduate students pursuing a career in Business or Education at an accredited institution of higher education within Maryland or the District of Columbia. Dwight P. Jacobus was the first Executive Director of ASBO. Number of Scholarships Eight (8) scholarships may be awarded each year. At least one scholarship will be awarded to an individual enrolled in an approved program leading to teacher certification. Criteria for Award Awards are made by the Association of School Business Officials of Maryland and the District of Columbia based upon: Scholastic achievement Financial need Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) scores or American College Test (ACT) scores Quality of extra-curricular achievements Value of Award Each scholarship has a value of $1,000.00 for the school year awarded; to be paid directly to the school in which the recipient is enrolled. Renewal Each recipient may retain the award subject to the following conditions: A recipient must reapply for continued scholarship assistance annually The recipient must continue to be accepted for admission to the undergraduate program in education or business The recipient must be enrolled full-time as defined by the recipient's attending school The recipient must submit proof of continued academic good standing (minimum 3.0 GPA) The recipient may receive the award for not more than four years Eligibility Scholarships may be awarded only to persons who have: Been residents of Maryland or the District of Columbia for at least one year preceding the date of award Been accepted for admission as a full time student (as defined by the recipient's attending school) Demonstrated a financial need A minimum 2.0 overall GPA Applicants Who Will Be Considered High School graduates Current freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior college students Application A student who wishes to be considered must file an application and supporting documents with the Chair of the Scholarship Committee for ASBO of Maryland and the District of Columbia, no later than March 1. Correspondence must be postmarked by March 1 and sent to: Ms.Margaret Ellen Kalmanowicz ASBO MD/DC Scholarship Committee Chair Queen Anne's County Public Schools 202 Chesterfield Road Centreville, MD 21617

Dissertation Fellowships

The purpose of these fellowships is to encourage African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students (U.S. citizens) to pursue college and university teaching careers in New England. Successful applicants will spend a year completing their dissertations at the host campuses listed below. In addition, Scholars will be given special opportunities to consider possible teaching positions at the host campus or elsewhere in the region or nation. These fellowships are offered under the auspices of the newly launched Compact for Faculty Diversity. Applicants must have completed all doctoral work except the dissertation by the end of the current academic year and be in a strong position to complete the dissertation within a year.

Target Teachers Scholarships Program

This scholarship is offered to full- or part-time teachers working 20 hours or more per week at schools that are participating in Take Charge of Education. Eligible schools will be determined by Target.

Minoru Yasui Memorial Scholarship

National JACL membership is a requirement to be considered for a JACL scholarship. Membership must be held by the applicant or applicant's parents only. Extended family ties do not apply for this requirement. Student memberships are available. For more information about membership categories, please contact the JACL Membership Department at National Headquarters. Applicants must also be planning to attend a college, university, trade school, business school or any institution of higher learning at the graduate school level in the upcoming fall. Preference for this scholarship will be given to a student with a strong interest in Human and Civil Rights. Fields of study may also include sociology, law or education.

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