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Scholarships for Aspiring Teachers




In the pursuit of shaping minds and molding futures, the role of educators stands as an indispensable cornerstone of society. However, the path to becoming a teacher often comes with financial hurdles that can deter aspiring educators from pursuing their passion.


Understanding the pivotal role teachers play in shaping generations, various organizations, institutions, and governments have established scholarships dedicated to supporting aspiring teachers. These scholarships not only alleviate the financial burden but also serve as a beacon of encouragement, fostering a new generation of dedicated educators. In this article, we delve into the landscape of scholarships tailored for aspiring teachers, exploring the diverse opportunities available to those who aspire to ignite the flame of knowledge in the hearts and minds of tomorrow's leaders.



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The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is a federal financial aid program that can help you pay for college if you’re considering a career as a teacher


To receive a TEACH Grant, you agree to teach a highly needed subject in a low-income area where there’s a shortage of specific subject teachers in an elementary or secondary school. If you’re awarded a grant, you can get up to $4,000 a year while you’re in school.


There are a number of eligible subject areas for which you can receive a TEACH Grant:

bilingual education and English language acquisition

foreign language

mathematics

reading specialist

science

special education

any other field that has been identified as high-need by the federal or state government, or a local education agency


After school

  • You must teach at a low-income school or educational agency.

  • You need to teach for at least four years in an approved school.

  • You need to supply documentation of your position to the Department of Education.


Amount: Up to $4,000 per year


Eligibility:

1. You need to be eligible for federal student aid programs.

2. You’re eligible if you’re an undergrad or graduate student.

3. Your school must participate in, and you need to be enrolled in, a TEACH Grant-eligible program of study.

4. For graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families.

5. You need to score above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of a college admissions test or maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.




The AFCEA Educational Foundation is offering competitive based scholarships of $2,500 each to students actively pursuing a graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) subjects at a U.S. school in grades K-12. The scholarships are made possible by generous contributions from ManTech International and AFCEA International.


Deadline: May 1, 2024

Amount: $2,500 to $5,000


Eligibility

1. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

2. Graduate-level candidates must currently be in at least their second semester and taking at least two (2) semester-equivalent courses per term at accredited college or university in the United States and majoring in education for the purpose of teaching STEM subjects in a U.S. school in grades K-12 at the time of application.

3. A current overall GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale in their current program at an accredited U.S. college or university is required at the time of application. Applicants must have completed a B.S. degree in a STEM major.

4. Undergraduate students are ineligible to apply.

5. Credential/licensure candidates must be U.S. citizens with a completed B.S. degree or graduate degree in a STEM major (undergrad/grad transcript required). 6. 6. Must be currently enrolled and have started the program at the time of application.




James Madison Fellowships were created by Congress to honor James Madison's legacy and Madisonian principles by providing support for graduate degrees that focus on the Constitution – its roots, its formation, its principles, and its development. The benefits of the fellowship program are manifold and lasting. While in graduate schools, Fellows will gain a deeper understanding of the principles of constitutional government, which they in turn transmit to their students. In the process, they form professional ties that can significantly influence their career aspirations. In this way, the James Madison Fellowships ensure that the spirit and practical wisdom of the Constitution will guide the actions of future generations of American citizens.


Amount: Up to $24,000 total

Deadline: March 1, 2024


Eligibility:

1. Be a U.S. citizen

2. Be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or civics at the secondary school level (grades 7-12).

3. Possess a bachelor's degree or plan to receive a bachelor's degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying.


Professional Teaching Obligation:

After receiving the master's degree, each Fellow must teach American history, American government, or civics in grades 7-12 for one full year for each academic year of funding received under a fellowship, preferably in the state from which the recipient won the fellowship.




Prospective 7-12 Secondary Teacher Course Work Scholarship is an annual program to support mathematics teachers of the future. It offers a scholarship of $10,000 to cover the educational expense of attending a four or five-year educational program. College students in their sophomore years can apply for the scholarship.


William and Evelyn Stokes Foundation is a nonprofit organization that runs various programs to support students and teachers. The organization was established in 2020 and is based in California, US. The scholarship is offered through the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).Know how to make a sell? The Lagrant Foundation is dedicated to increasing minority representation in marketing, advertising, and PR. 30 lucky undergrads and 20 lucky grads with a passion for the field will be selected as scholars in this program. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and answer 3 essay questions as a part of their application.


Undergraduate scholarship recipients will receive a trip where they will participate in career building activities, including a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, three daylong career development & professional workshops and a scholarship & donor recognition reception.


Amount: Up to $10,000

Deadline: May 1, 2024


Eligibility:


1. Persons currently completing their sophomore year of college, scheduling for full-time study at a four- or five-year college or university in the next academic year, and pursuing a career goal of becoming a certified teacher of secondary school mathematics.

2. The applicant’s college grade point average (GPA) must be at least 3.0 (out of 4.0) or equivalent.

3. Past recipients of the Texas Instruments Demana-Waits Scholarship and employees or immediate family members of employees of either the Educational and Productivity Solutions business segment of Texas Instruments or the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.




PDK International supports educators throughout the arc of their career and the PDK Educational Foundation  endowed scholarship program provides  financial assistance for undergraduate and advanced degree education to those pursuing careers in K – 12 public education. These scholarships are funded through the generosity of donors – members of Educators Rising, Educators Rising Collegiate, Pi Lambda Theta, and PDK Association – who are committed to supporting the next generation of public educators.


Award: $5,000

Deadline: April 2, 2024


ELIGIBILITY

1. A member in good standing of one of the following associations: Educators Rising, Educators Rising Collegiate, Pi Lambda Theta, and PDK Association; and

2. Pursuing a career in public education and

3. Enrolled in an institution of higher education full- or part-time for the fall semester of the application year. To be eligible, you must be enrolled and paying tuition and fees in the fall.




AMS provides partial scholarships for adult learners newly accepted into, or already enrolled in, an AMS-affiliated teacher education program. These scholarships were established to support the increase of the number of credentialed classroom teachers, and are, consequently, intended for applicants working towards a Montessori teaching credential.



Every year, the American Montessori Society awards teacher education scholarships to aspiring Montessori teachers in support of their professional growth.


Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 19, 2024


Eligibility:

1. Any aspiring Montessori teacher is eligible to apply for an AMS Teacher Education Scholarship, if the applicant has been accepted, is in process of acceptance, OR is enrolled in an AMS-affiliated teacher education program.


Applications are not accepted for teacher education programs that are not AMS-affiliated. Applicants who have previously received an AMS scholarship will not be considered for an award for the same credential and are not eligible to apply.


2. Applicants are considered on the basis of financial need, a compelling personal statement, three letters of recommendation, and official verification of acceptance into or enrollment in an AMS-affiliated teacher education program. The Adult Learner must be attending or completing their credential during the current academic year(s).


3. To be considered, applicants are responsible for compiling and submitting the completed materials in accordance with the guidelines.




The Knowles Teaching Fellows Program is an intensive and cohesive five-year program that supports early-career high school mathematics and science teachers in their efforts to develop teaching expertise and lead from the classroom.


Knowles Teaching Fellows are eligible to receive stipends, grants, professional development, and more to support their progress as teacher leaders. Applicants must be committed to a career teaching high school science or mathematics in the US. Fellows will be chosen based on their potential to develop the content knowledge needed for teaching, exemplary teaching practices, and the qualities of a teacher leader.


Benefits

Current Fellow benefits include:

$1,200 per year in classroom material grants

$4,000 per year in professional development grants and more than 50 hours of professional development

$2,000 per year tuition reimbursement

$3,600 per year summer stipend


Deadline: Sept 1, 2024


Eligibility:

1. Have the capacity and determination to commit to teaching as their primary career;

2. Have earned a degree in a major related to the mathematics or science discipline they intend to teach. This degree should have been earned no more than 10 years ago;

3. Have earned or will earn a valid state teaching credential/certificate/license that enables them to teach mathematics or science in grades 9-12 in the United States;

4. Be entering their first or second year as a teacher of record.




The NYS Math and Science Teaching Incentive Program is offered to encourage students to pursue careers as math and science teachers in secondary education (grades 7-12). Awards are made to students attending school at the undergraduate and/or graduate degree level in exchange for five years of full-time employment as math or science teachers in secondary education in NYS.


Amount: up to $7000

Deadline: Rolling


Eligibility

1. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;

2. Be attending a college located in NYS;

3. Be matriculated in an approved undergraduate or graduate program full-time at a degree-granting institution in NYS leading to a career as a math or science teacher in secondary education;

4. For return recipients only: have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher;

5. Not be a recipient of an award under the NYS Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program;

6. Execute a Service Contract agreeing to work full-time for five years as a math or science teacher in secondary education in NYS. View the terms and conditions of the service contract;

7. Be in a non-default status on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or repayment of any NYS award; and

8. Be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by NYS award.




The Commission offers scholarships for minority students (defined as Black and Hispanic/Latinx individuals) planning to teach in an accredited school in Indiana upon graduation. Student must agree in writing to apply for a teaching positions in Indiana and, if hired, teach in Indiana for at least three years.


To renew the Scholarship for subsequent academic years, a minority student (who qualified for the scholarship initially) must reapply for the scholarship each year and maintain the cumulative grade point average (GPA) required for admission to the institution’s school of education or at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent if the school does not require a minimum GPA.


Amount: $4,000

Deadline: August 31, 2024


Eligibility:

1. Be a minority student

2. Be an Indiana resident and a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen

3. Be admitted or already attending an eligible Indiana institution as a full-time student

4. Pursue or intend to pursue a course of study that would enable the student, upon graduation, to teach in an accredited school in Indiana

5. Agree in writing to apply for a teaching position at an accredited school in Indiana following that student's certification as a teacher and, if hired, to teach for at least three years

6. Be a full-time student, or plan to enroll as a full-time student

7. Be a first-time undergraduate student

8. Maintain the cumulative grade point average (GPA) required for admission to the institution’s school of education

9. Meet any other minimum criteria established by the Commission




The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers – one component of the Raising Texas Teachers initiative – is designed to encourage promising students to consider a future in the teaching profession. The scholarship consists of $8,000 or $10,000 in annual funding, as well as ongoing professional development opportunities, mentorship from public school educators, and participation in a statewide network of aspiring teachers. The scholarship is open to students who are working toward receiving their initial teaching certification within selected programs at the universities listed in the website.


The Charles Butt Scholarship is exclusively for students committed to a teaching career in the Texas public school system in either a Title 1 school or in a shortage subject area (math, science, bilingual, or special education).


Amount: $8,000

Deadline: February 4, 2024.


Eligibility

Applicants to the Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship Program must:

1. Be enrolled full time for 2023-2024 in:

EC-6 ESL/Generalist Certification

Bilingual Certification

Special Education Certification

University of Texas Urban Teachers, Social Studies

University of Texas Urban Teachers, Language Arts

Youth and Community Studies (with plans to enroll in either Urban Teachers Social Studies or Language Arts)


2. Have a strong academic record and history of achievement

3. Have demonstrated peer or group leadership skills

4. Demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in education in high-needs Texas public schools upon completion of the program









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