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Here are some of the Teaching scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE)

Criteria/Eligibility:  Be a U.S. citizen, or eligible non-citizen.  Completed a minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter units prior to the fall term.  Be enrolled in: A program leading to a baccalaureate degree or An approved program of professional teacher preparation through at least the end of the fall term.  Be enrolled each term at least halftime in coursework required for a baccalaureate degree or an initial teaching credential.  Have received, or have been approved to receive, educational loans issued to students through institutions or higher education.  Not be in default or become delinquent in any state or federally insured educational loan.  Not have completed the coursework necessary to obtain an initial teaching credential, unless pursuing a specialist credential in Special Education and Reading and Language Arts.  Applicants who are in the Teaching Credential Program and have completed

Child Development Grant Program

Child Development Grants are for outstanding students who are pursuing a child development permit as a teacher, master teacher, site supervisor, or program director to work at a licensed children's center. Selected students attending a four year university may receive $2,000 each year, for up to two years. The maximum amount awarded is $6,000. Grant recipients must work full time at an eligible California children's center for one year for each year they receive grants. To qualify, students must be enrolled at least half-time in coursework leading to their permit during the academic year. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information. This program is subject to the availability of federal funds.

Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE)

The APLE is a state-funded competitive teacher-incentive program administered by the California Student Aid Commission. The APLE program is designed to encourage outstanding students to become teachers and serve in critical teacher shortage areas in California public elementary and secondary schools. Under the provisions of the APLE program, the commission may assume up to $11,000 in outstanding educational loan balances. (Preliminary Teacher Credential candidates only.)

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.

Loan Cancellation or Deferment Option for Teachers

If you are a teacher serving in a low-income or subject-matter shortage area, it might be possible for you to cancel or defer your student loans.

Child Development Grant Program

For students who are pursuing a Child Development Permit to teach or supervise in licensed children's centers. Eligible applicants must be a US citizen or an eligible noncitizen, a California resident, demonstrate financial need as defined by the CA Student Aid Commission, meet federal Selective Service filing requirements, and be nominated by the college s/he attends. To receive the grant, the selected recipient must maintain half-time enrollment in an approved course of study leading to a Permit, maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by SMC, and commit to one year of full-time employment in a licensed California children's center for each year of benefits.

Multiple Child Discount

For siblings from the same household who are concurrently enrolled as undergraduates at PLNU. To be eligible for this discount, both the student and the student's siblings must each qualify as dependent student and be enrolled full-time (12 units or more) through the end of the Refund Period each semester. A student is dependent if each of the following statements are true: A. The student was born after January 1, 1983. B. The student will be working on a BA or BS Degree or teaching credential. C. The student is not married. D. The student does not have any children. Multiple Child Discount is awarded as follows (No. of Siblings /Total Family Discount Divided Among Siblings): 2/$2,000, 3/$4,000, 4/$6,000. Award amounts can be divided among siblings in any way the family chooses provided the amount fits within each sibling's budget, financial need, and semester charges. Seniors enrolled less than full-time in their final semester are eligible to receive a prorated amount of Multiple Child Discount. If the family so desires, this prorated amount can be allocated to the graduating student's sibling, in which case the sibling would receive the prorated amount in addition to the standard amount for the academic year.

Missionary Child Discount

The Missionary Child Discount provides a percentage discount on tuition charges for dependent children of Nazarene and non-Nazarene missionaries. This includes U.S. citizens whose parents are assigned outside the United States as missionaries, educators, or General Board appointees, and foreign nationals whose parents are appointed as missionaries outside of their home country or who are assigned by the General Board. For the dependent child of a missionary to qualify for the discount, each of the following statements must be true: A. The student was born after January 1, 1983. B. The student will be working on a BA or BS Degree or teaching credential. C. The student is not married. D. The student does not have any children. In addition, the student must be enrolled full-time (12 or more units) in the Fall and Spring, or half-time (6 or more units) in the Summer, through the end of the Refund Period.

Pastor's Discount

The Pastor's Discount provides a percentage discount on tuition charges for pastors, pastors' spouses, and the children of pastors. For the dependent child of a pastor to qualify for the discount, each of the following statements must be true: A. The student was born after January 1, 1983. B. The student will be working on a BA or BS Degree or teaching credential. C. The student is not married. D. The student does not have any children. In addition, the student must be enrolled full-time (12 or more units) in the Fall and Spring, or half-time (6 or more units) in the Summer, through the end of the Refund Period.

Alfred and Edith Nicolas Scholarship

For a needy student preparing for a career in teaching. Preference given to a student from a Church of the Brethren on the Pacific Slope.

Ernest and Verda Carl Memorial Scholarship

For an outstanding student entering the teacher education program.

Harry Gilbert Memorial Scholarship

For a student who shows promise and leadership and plans to enter the teaching profession. Preference is given to students from the Pasadena Church of the Brethren.

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