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Scholarships for Education Majors and Grad Students

If you’re thinking about earning an education degree or attending graduate school, it’s likely that cost will be a determining factor. A federal study found that more than half of young adults who attended college in 2017-18 took on some debt to pay for their education.

Fortunately, students have access to types of financial aid that, unlike student loans, don’t need to be paid back. These include scholarships, grants, and fellowships. This page offers education majors and grad students a head start in identifying these funding sources to help pay for education.

Scholarships for Education Students

General

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Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring TeachersFebruary 9
Target Audience Full-time students who study elementary school core subjects, English as second language, generalist certification, bilingual certification, Special Ed certification, UTeach Urban Teachers Social Studies, or UTeach Urban Teachers English, and committ to teach in high-needs Texas public schools, or in hard-to-fill subject areas Scholarship Details Award Amount: up tp $8,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? N/A # of Awards: 100 GPA: 3.0+ Renewable? No Provided by: Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation
National Merit Scholarship ProgramMay 31
Target Audience U.S. citizens (and those who intend to become U.S. citizens,) high school students, who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) and plan to accept admission to college. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $2,500 Degree Level: High School Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: Varies GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Billye Suber Aaron Legacy ScholarshipJune 22
Target Audience U.S. citizen, or permanent resident, full-time students, with 2.5 GPA, and financial need, who plan to attend UNCF member institutions, (i.e. Clark-Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, or Texas College) Scholarship Details Award Amount: Varies Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: 2.5+ Renewable? Yes Provided by: United Negro College Fund
Isabel M. Herson Scholarship in EducationFebruary 1
Target Audience Full-tme graduate or undergraduate students who are in an elementary or secondary education program. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $500-1,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority National Educational Foundation, Inc.
Teacher ScholarshipJune 22
Target Audience Current teachers or students who have plans to become a teacher Scholarship Details Award Amount: $500 Degree Level: High School, Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 4 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Outlaw Student
The Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher ScholarshipDecember 31
Target Audience Graduate, and undergraduate students majoring in education, who show potential for, or complete, educational requirements in a Department of Education college or university program. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: National Institute for Labor Relations Research
Christa McAuliffe Teacher Incentive ProgramJune 3
Target Audience High school seniors with 3.0 GPA, and combined SAT of 1010, and full-time students at a college in Delaware, in undergraduate teacher certification programs, with preference to those who plan to teach in critical-need areas in Delaware. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $5,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: 3.0+ Renewable? Yes Provided by: Delaware Higher Education Office
Fulgham – Fulghum ScholarshipApril 15
Target Audience High school seniors who enter a post-secondary program that leads to a career in teaching, social services or nursing. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,000 Degree Level: High School Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Fulgham – Fulghum National Family Foundation, Inc.
Teaching ScholarshipApril 30
Target Audience Black, African American, Native American, American Indian, Hispanic, Latin American, or Asian, Pacific Islander undergradute and graduate students, with 2.5 GPA, who pursue a degree in teaching or education. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: 2.5+ Renewable? No Provided by: The Brown Medical and Educational (MAE) Foundation
The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship ProgramAugust 27
Target Audience Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students and professionals, who will commit to teach 2 years at a K-12, high-need school district. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $13,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 10 GPA: 3.5+ Renewable? Yes Provided by: American Association For The Advancement Of Science
Inspire Our Future ScholarshipApril 1
Target Audience U.S. resident students, 18 years old, currently enrolled in a college in the U.S., listed on the U.S. Department of Education website, 3.5 GPA, who major in: Child Development Degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate) Early Childhood Education Degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate,) Bachelor’s in Education Degree, Master’s in Education Degree, Doctorate in Education Degree, Educational Leadership Degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate,) Secondary Education Degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate,) Special Education Degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate,) or Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT.) Scholarship Details Award Amount: $500 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: 3.5+ Renewable? No Provided by: Teacher.org
Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant ScholarshipFebruary 1
Target Audience High school graduate, migrant farmworker students who plan to teach as a career. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Geneseo Migrant Center
The Native American ScholarshipJune 15
Target Audience Women who are Native or immigrant American citizens of either the U.S., Canada, or Mexico, and are enrolled tribal members of The Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars, Inc., who plan to work with a tribe or nation in the field of education or social service, with career goals to work with Native Americans. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $5,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? N/A # of Awards: 1 GPA: 3.0+ Renewable? Yes Provided by: Continental Society Daughters of Indian Wars
Minority Teacher Education Scholarship (MTES)August 2
Target Audience Florida resident, minority students (i.e., African American, Black, Hispanic, Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and American Indian, Alaskan, Native) who agree to teach in Florida public schools for the same number of years that their scholarship was received. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $4,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: 2.5+ Renewable? Yes Provided by: Florida Fund For Minority Teachers
Delta Kappa Gamma Recruitment Grant Scholarship FundFebruary 25
Target Audience Current sophomore, junior, or senior, female, Ventura County resident students, with 3.0 GPA, enrolled in an accredited 4-year college or university, who pursue an education degree and plan to teach. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Ventura County Community Foundation

Early Childhood Education

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Teacher Education ScholarshipsMay 1
Target Audience Individuals who have been accepted, are in the process of being accepted, or are already enrolled in an AMS-affiliated teacher education program Scholarship Details Award Amount: Varies Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 23 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: American Montessori Society
Future Teachers ScholarshipMay 31
Target Audience Residents of Oklahoma that are full-time or part-time students; must have top 15% GPA of the class, or top 15% ACT, SAT score that year, be in a education program, and teach in Oklahoma public schools for 3 years after graduation Scholarship Details Award Amount: $500-$1,500 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: Varies GPA: 2.5+ Renewable? No Provided by: Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Bright Futures Scholarship ProgramJune 9
Target Audience U. S. students in early childhood or a related field, who focus on the education of children ages 6 and under. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,000 Degree Level: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 29 GPA: 3.0+ Renewable? No Provided by: Bright Horizons
Early Childhood or School-Age Care Provider ScholarshipVaries
Target Audience Family child care providers, child care center teachers, child care center directors, assistant directors, or school-age care employees, with Develop individual membership, at a licensed or regulated program in Minnesota, employed or licensed for 6 months, accepted into a Child Development or Early Childhood Education program or national Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) approved, accredited school in Minnesota, who continue to work at their current place of employment for one year beyond their contract. Scholarship Details Award Amount: Varies Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? N/A # of Awards: Varies GPA: N/A Renewable? Yes Provided by: Child Care Aware of Minnesota
Early Childhood Trainer ScholarshipVaries
Target Audience Achieve Approved trainers, accepted into a Child Development or Early Childhood Education degree program at an approved, accredited school in Minnesota, who commit to instruct a 3 Achieve-approved trainings in the year following scholarship. Scholarship Details Award Amount: Varies Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? N/A # of Awards: Varies GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Child Care Aware of Minnesota
Judy Lindman Memorial Scholars Forgivable Loan Award for High School SeniorsVaries
Target Audience Minnesota high school seniors, who worked or volunteered at a licensed early childhood program, and are eligible to enroll full-time at a Minnesota state accredited school, in an associate degree program majoring in Early Childhood Education or Child Development. Scholarship Details Award Amount: up to $6,000 Degree Level: High School, Undergraduate Essay Required? N/A # of Awards: Varies GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Child Care Aware of Minnesota
AAE Teacher ScholarshipOct 1, March 1
Target Audience Full-time educators who have not received a scholarship or grant from the Association of American Educators (AAE) in the past two years, with preference given to AAE members. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required? N/A # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Association of American Educators
Graduate Scholarship ProgramsFebruary 1
Target Audience Full-time students who pursue a Master’s degree in a field relevant to Jewish Community Center (JCC) employment, who complete an internship at a JCC, are willing to relocate, and agree to work in the JCC Movement for 2 years after graduation. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $10,000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 4-6 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Jewish Community Centers of North America
Patch ScholarshipAug 31, Jan 15, May 31
Target Audience Students who live in Hawaii, and take courses at an Hawaii college, with preferrence to those currently employed in a licensed child care facility or operating a registered family child care home. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $750 per round (3 rounds per year: August, January, May) Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: PATCH
Golden Apple Scholars of IllinoisFebruary 15
Target Audience U.S. citizen, resident of Illinois, high school seniors, 2nd-year community college students in Illinois, college freshman and sophomore students, with 2.5 GPA, who agree to teach for 5 years in an Illinois school-of-need, within 7 years of graduation. Scholarship Details Award Amount: up to $23,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: Varies GPA: 2.5+ Renewable? No Provided by: Golden Apple
Boundless Opportunity ScholarshipJune 1
Target Audience Citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming, with financial need, and are adults entering or returning to college, GED recipients, veterans entering or returning to college, former foster care youth, former juvenile justice youth, who are enrolled in undergraduate degree programs at select 2 and 4 year colleges and universities. Scholarship Details Award Amount: up to $5,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Daniels Fund
Lasting Legacy ScholarshipsMarch 15
Target Audience Diverse group of current National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) members, who can demonstrate potential as emerging leaders in early childhood education, to experience professional learning and networking opportunities associated with NAEYC conferences. Scholarship Details Award Amount: Varies Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 4 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: National Association for the Education of Young Children
Diane Trister Dodge Lasting Legacy ScholarshipMarch 15
Target Audience Diverse group of current National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) members, who can demonstrate potential as emerging leaders in early childhood education, to experience professional learning and networking opportunities associated with NAEYC conferences. Scholarship Details Award Amount: Varies Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: National Association for the Education of Young Children
Academic Degree ScholarshipSeptember 30
Target Audience Current students enrolled in IdahoSTARS Professional Development Systems Registry, who work or own a child care program in a city or state licensed facility in Idaho, with operating hours that extend beyond a preschool only or academic (K-6th grade) school day, a minimum of 25 hours per week or 1300 hours per year, (in facility where children’s parent(s) or guardian(s) work or attend school,) and who seek a CDA, Technical Certificate, Associate, or Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood education. Scholarship Details Award Amount: Varies Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: IdahoSTARS
Jack Kinnaman ScholarshipApril 15
Target Audience Members of the National Education Association (NEA) student program, who participate at the local, state, and national levels, with financial need, 2.5 GPA, and seek a degree in teacher education. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $2,500 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: 2.5+ Renewable? No Provided by: National Education Association

Elementary Education

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Nancy Larson Foundation College ScholarshipNovember 15
Target Audience College students studying to become elementary school teachers Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,000 Degree Level: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 10 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Nancy Larson Foundation
Edward G. and Helen A. Borgens Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education ScholarshipsFebruary 15
Target Audience College sophmore students with 3.5 GPA, who study to teach at elementary, or secondary school. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,500 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 2 GPA: 3.5+ Renewable? No Provided by: Daughters of the American Revolution
Mathematics Course Work Scholarships for Grades Pre-K-5 TeachersNovember 1
Target Audience Members of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) or teachers at a school with a current NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership, who have taught grades Pre-K-5 mathematics for 3 years, and plan to continue to teach. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $3,200 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Mathematics Graduate Course Work Scholarships for Grades 6-8 TeachersNovember 1
Target Audience Members of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) or teachers at a school with a current NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership, who have taught grades 6-8 mathematics for 3 years, and plan to continue to teach. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $3,200 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Secondary Education

ScholarshipDeadline
James Madison Memorial Fellowship FoundationMarch 6
Target Audience Teachers or those who plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or civics classes where you will teach topics on the Constitution at the secondary school level (grades 7–12) Scholarship Details Award Amount: Up to $24,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Teachers for America’s Future – Graduate ScholarshipsApril 10
Target Audience Students actively pursuing a graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects at a U.S. school in grades K-12. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $2,500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required? N/A # of Awards: 1 GPA: 3.5+ Renewable? No Provided by: AFCEA International
Prospective 7-12 Secondary Teacher Course Work ScholarshipsMarch 1
Target Audience College students preparing for teaching secondary school mathematics; must be a member of NCTM Scholarship Details Award Amount: Up to $10,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Prospective Educator ScholarshipsApril 3
Target Audience Must have demonstrated financial need; high school seniors and current undergraduate students majoring in music or art with the objective to teach Scholarship Details Award Amount: $500 – $5000 Degree Level: High School Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 30 GPA: N/A Renewable? Yes Provided by: Phi Delta Kappa International
The Agnes Jones Jackson ScholarshipMay 15
Target Audience Current member of the NAACP, currently enrolled or accepted to an accredited college or university in the United States Scholarship Details Award Amount: up to $2,000 Degree Level: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 20-40 GPA: 2.5+ Renewable? No Provided by: POISE Foundation
NYS Math & Science Teaching Incentive ScholarshipsMarch 1
Target Audience Undergraduate and graduate full-time students who attend a college in New York State, with 2.5 GPA, toward a career as a secondary math or science teacher, and agree to work full-time, for five years, as a secondary math or science teacher in New York State Scholarship Details Award Amount: Varies Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: 2.5+ Renewable? No Provided by: Higher Education Services Corporation
Prospective Middle School Mathematics Teacher Course Work ScholarshipsMay 1
Target Audience Full-time junior college student members of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCYM,) who plan to become a certified teacher of middle school mathematics. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $3,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Barbara Lotze ScholarshipDecember 1
Target Audience U.S. citizen, high school seniors, and undergraduate students, who plan to teach high school physics. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $2,000 Degree Level: High School, Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: Varies GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: American Association of Physics Teachers
Music Education Scholarship for Graduate StudentsMarch 15
Target Audience Members of Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI,) who complete an undergraduate degree in music, and have been accepted, or will continue in a graduate program toward a Masters or Doctoral degree in music education. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required? N/A # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity
The Mikkelson Foundation Student Scholarship ProgramApril 12
Target Audience Graduates of Colorado high schools, with 3.7 GPA, SAT score of 1200 or ACT score of 28, who study engineering, mathematics, or the natural sciences. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $4,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 3 GPA: 3.7+ Renewable? Yes Provided by: The Mikkelson Foundation
Biology Educator Leadership Scholarship (BELS)March 15
Target Audience National Association of Biology Teacher (NABT) members, with less than or equal to ten years of teaching experience, who are enrolled or plan to enroll in a graduate program in life sciences or life science education, at the Masters or Doctoral level. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $5,000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required? N/A # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: National Association of Biology Teachers
Professional Development Scholarship Emphasizing History, Number Theory, and Discrete MathematicsMay 1
Target Audience Members of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) who have taught grades 6-12 mathematics for 3 years, and have taken a course in the history of mathematics, and plan to continue to teach. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $3,000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Pi Lambda Theta Student Support ScholarshipsApril 3
Target Audience Pi Lambda Theta members who pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees in education, preference for those who have worked in a teaching or learning capacity, or have had leadership roles in service activities, clubs, employment or sports. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $2,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: 3.5+ Renewable? No Provided by: Pi Lambda Theta
Future Journalism Teacher ScholarshipsJuly 15
Target Audience College junior, senior or master’s degree students, who major in education to teach at the secondary-school level, and intend to teach scholastic journalism, and current secondary-school journalism teachers who are in a degree program to improve their journalism teaching skills. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 5 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Journalism Education Association

Special Education

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AASEA Memorial ScholarshipsApril 30
Target Audience Arkansas residents or those currently employed by a school district or educational cooperative in Arkansas, junior, senior, or graduate students who are pursuing a degree related to special education Scholarship Details Award Amount: $2,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1-4 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators
AASEA Legacy ScholarshipApril 30
Target Audience Arkansas residents or those currently employed by a school district or educational cooperative in Arkansas, junior, senior, or graduate students who are pursuing a degree related to special education Scholarship Details Award Amount: $2,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1-4 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators
ASL Honor Society Scholarship ProgramMay 1
Target Audience Must be in an active chapter of the ASL Honor Society on campus; high school seniors planning to or undergraduate students majoring or minoring in American Sign Language, Deaf Studies, Deaf Education, or Interpreter Preparation at a community college, college, or university Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,750-$2,500 Degree Level: High School, Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 4-6 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: American Sign Language Teachers Association
Carl J. Megel Special Education ScholarshipMarch 1
Target Audience Must be enrolled in a special education school, class, or program for students with autism, cognitive disability, deaf-blindness, deafness, emotional disability, hearing impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, or visual impairment Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,000 Degree Level: High School Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 2 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Illinois Federation of Teachers
Bishop Charles P. Greco Graduate FellowshipsMay 1
Target Audience Students enrolled in a full-time master’s degree program designed for teachers of people with intellectual disabilities; must b e a member in good standing of the Knights of Columbus or the wife, son or daughter of a member or deceased member Scholarship Details Award Amount: $500-$2,000 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required? No # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Knights of Columbus
Dr. Marc Hull Special Education Leadership ScholarshipMarch 8
Target Audience Those who demonstrate community involvement/service (particularly related to individuals with disabilities); must be seeking a certificate or license in special education Scholarship Details Award Amount: up to $1,500 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: Varies GPA: 3.0+ Renewable? No Provided by: Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators
Edward & Lorraine O’Neill Scholarship FundApril 16
Target Audience Residents of Barnstable County, MA (Cape Cod) who are high school graduates or college students planning to work with children or adults with developmental disabilities -this may be as a teacher Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,000 Degree Level: High School, Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Arc of Cape Cod
The Delta Gamma Foundation Florence Margaret Harvey Memorial ScholarshipApril 1
Target Audience Undergraduate or graduate students in the field of rehabilitation or education of persons who are blind or visually impaired Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: 3.0+ Renewable? No Provided by: American Foundation for the Blind
The Rudolph Dillman Memorial ScholarshipApril 1
Target Audience Undergraduate or graduate students who are studying full-time in the field of rehabilitation or education of persons who are blind and/or visually impaired Scholarship Details Award Amount: $2,500 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 4 GPA: 3.0+ Renewable? No Provided by: American Foundation for the Blind
Janice Paige Hughes Special Education ScholarshipJune 7
Target Audience Residents of Delaware County, enrolled full-time at a college or university in the State of Indiana; must be majoring in education, specializing in the teaching of special education or handicapped students Scholarship Details Award Amount: Varies Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc.
Joseph T. Weingold ScholarshipJanuary 21
Target Audience Must be enrolled in a New York State degree program, leading to a special education certification Scholarship Details Award Amount: $3,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 2 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: The Arc New York
Lutheran Scholastic and Service ScholarshipsMay 1
Target Audience Members of a Lutheran congregation aiming to work with those with disabilities Scholarship Details Award Amount: $3,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 2 GPA: 3.0+ Renewable? No Provided by: Bethesda Lutheran Communities
Bill Oban Special Education ScholarshipMarch 1
Target Audience Undergraduate students preparing for a career in special education Scholarship Details Award Amount: $500 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: North Dakota United
Mary Cripps Special EducationMarch 1
Target Audience Undergraduate or graduate students pursuing initial or advanced training in special education Scholarship Details Award Amount: $500 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: North Dakota United
Aspiring Educator ScholarshipNovember 1
Target Audience Second semester junior or first semester senior majoring in a state approved program for special education Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 5 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Teachers-Teachers.com
Scholarship and Enrichment ProgramApril 15
Target Audience Those pursuing studies in the field of special education Scholarship Details Award Amount: $2,000 Degree Level: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: Varies GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: The Annie Forts ìUpî Syndrome Fund
CCLD Literacy Interventionist ScholarshipJanuary 15
Target Audience Open to state residents currently enrolled in teacher-preparation programs in an accredited college or university in Colorado Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,800 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 2 GPA: 3.0+ Renewable? No Provided by: Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities
Kansas Teacher Service ScholarshipMay 1
Target Audience Residents of the State of Kansas, enrolled in a program leading to licensure as a teacher in an identified hard-to-fill discipline or underserved area Scholarship Details Award Amount: up to $5,536 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: Varies GPA: 3.0+ Renewable? No Provided by: Kansas Board of Regents
William A. Crawford Minority Teacher ScholarshipSeptember 1
Target Audience Minority students (defined as black and Hispanic individuals) planning to teach in an accredited school in Indiana upon graduation Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: 2.0+ Renewable? Yes Provided by: State of Indiana
Florence E. Potts Memorial Foundation ScholarshipMay 15
Target Audience High school graduates who plan a career in education, and those with with a documented Individualized Education Plan (IEP) who plan to attend a trade school, college or university, and current college students with a major of education, and financial need, with GPA 2.5 or higher. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $500 Degree Level: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: Varies GPA: 2.5+ Renewable? No Provided by: Florence E. Potts Memorial Foundation
Mike Lozano ScholarshipFebruary 10
Target Audience High school graduate athletes, with 2.0 GPA, who pursue a degree in education and coaching, and plan to teach and coach at the high school level upon graduation from college. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $2,500 Degree Level: High School Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: 2.0+ Renewable? No Provided by: Amarillo Area Foundation
Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan ProgramVaries
Target Audience Full or part-time, teacher candidates, graduate students, and paraprofessionals from Virginia school divisions, in approved teacher education programs in Virginia, and programs for the top five critical teacher shortage disciplines, (i.e 1. Special Education 2. Elementary Education PreK-6 3. Middle Education Grades 6-8 4. Career and Technical Education 5. Mathematics Grades 6-12 including Algebra 1 6. School Counselor PreK-12 7. English, secondary 8. Science, secondary 9. Foreign Language PreK-12 10. Health and Physical Education PreK-12) with 2.7 GPA, (minority teacher candidates may be enrolled in any content area for teacher preparation.) Scholarship Details Award Amount: $10,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? N/A # of Awards: 1 GPA: 2.7+ Renewable? No Provided by: Virginia Department of Education
UCT Heaston ScholarshipMarch 15
Target Audience High school senior students enrolled and entering college programs who demonstrate evidence of hard work to overcome obstacles, academic and extracurricular success, and commitment to community service. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $3,000-$6,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 3 GPA: N/A Renewable? Yes Provided by: The Order of United Commercial Travelers of America
UCT Scholarship ProgramNovember 15
Target Audience College junior or seniors, teachers who seek special education degrees, or those who seek certification to teach people with intellectual disabilities, who have financial need, and plan to serve people with intellectual disabilities in the United States or Canada. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $2,500 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: The Order of United Commercial Travelers of America

TESOL

ScholarshipDeadline
Janice S. Jones Scholarship FundJanuary 15
Target Audience Students formally accepted in a Bilingual Education/Multicultural, English as a Second Language, or Special Education (all categories) program Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,000 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1-2 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: American Association for Employment in Education
The Ruth Crymes TESOL Fellowship for Graduate StudyOctober 1
Target Audience Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages International Organization (TESOL) members who are enrolled in a TESOL graduate program, or second language acquisition, or foreign language education program, and plan to work on a project topic relevant to TESOL Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: TESOL International Association
Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training ScholarshipJanuary 31
Target Audience Members of the National Council of Teachers of English ( NCTE,) who teach English, or Language Arts in a publicly funded school. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $500 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: National Council of Teachers of English
Rosa Aronson TESOL Professional Learning ScholarshipsOctober 1
Target Audience Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (now known as TESOL,) who are residents of countries with a gross national income of $15,000 USD or less, who have not received any type of scholarship from TESOL within the past two years. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $500 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 7 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: TESOL International Association

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Carroll C. Hall Memorial ScholarshipMarch 15
Target Audience Active college members of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, with 3.0 GPA, who pursue an undergraduate degree in education or science, and plan to be a teacher or professional in the field of science. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $525 Degree Level: Undergraduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 1 GPA: 3.0+ Renewable? No Provided by: Tau Kappa Epsilon
BP Alaska Principal’s Scholarship ProgramJanuary 31
Target Audience Students with financial need, leadership potential, community or school involvement, with academic achievement (preference given to student who has taken SAT or ACT,) who will be enrolling in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) education degree programs. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $5,000 Degree Level: High School Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 10 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals
Educational Administration Scholarship September 30
Target Audience Graduate students in school administration who plan school superintendency careers, and are recommended by the Chair of their current School of Education. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $2,500 Degree Level: Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 7 GPA: N/A Renewable? No Provided by: American Association of School Administrators
Leon Bradley ScholarshipMay 31
Target Audience Minority students, and minority paraprofessionals who seek a career-change, in their final year of teacher preparation, that includes student teaching, and minority graduate students who are pursuing credentials as a school administrator. Scholarship Details Award Amount: $1,500-$2,500 Degree Level: Undergraduate, Graduate Essay Required? Yes # of Awards: 4 GPA: 3.0+ Renewable? No Provided by: American Association of School Personnel Administrators

Where to Find Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships 

Grants, scholarships, and fellowships are all, technically, gifts of money for education that don’t need to be paid back by the student. But although they’re similar, there is some distinction among these three terms:

A grant is usually awarded based on financial need and provided by federal or state governments as well as individual colleges. At the federal level, an example is the TEACH Grant, which is awarded to graduate students who are studying to pursue teaching in a high-need field or school.

At the state and college level, for example, a student interested in Oglethorpe University’s education degree program may qualify for a school-provided Oglethorpe Grant and a state-provided Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant, both of which are need-based. To obtain grant funding, the first step should be completing the FAFSA.

A scholarship, on the other hand, usually has some additional requirement beyond need (though need may be part of the criteria). Students may need to demonstrate merit through high grades, personal or professional experience, affiliation with a group, selection of a major or career path, or a combination of these. Scholarships are usually offered by private foundations or organizations (non-profit or for-profit), though states and colleges may offer them too. Usually, scholarships have their own applications, though they may also require a FAFSA.

A fellowship is a type of grant that funds the pursuit of certain short-term professional development opportunities. Fellowships can be very competitive and are offered to a small number of students. They often come with some sort of commitment, such as a graduate degree program, length of service, or completion of a research study.

Another distinction is that they are usually (though not always) offered to post-graduate students as opposed to undergraduates. Sometimes applications require interviews, presentations, or even nominations from peers.

Government entities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and schools all are sources to explore when you’re seeking financial awards. Here are some tips for where to start looking for these funding sources:

  • Start by submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This document is what the federal government uses to determine your eligibility to receive a grant, and for how much. Many scholarship and fellowship programs also make their award decisions based on the information in your FAFSA application.
  • If you’re an incoming college freshman, take advantage of your high school guidance counselor. These professionals make it a priority to collect college funding information and work with students to find scholarships and grants that are a good fit.
  • Talk to the financial aid office at your prospective college about awards that may be available to you. If you’ve already chosen a major, individual departments at the college may also have info about scholarships for that subject area.
  • Consider organizations you may be involved with or affiliations you may have. Many businesses, foundations, professional associations, and community organizations offer scholarships.

Wherever you begin your search, remember that you should never pay for scholarship information — money should flow to you, not the other way around.

How to Win Scholarships

While grants are typically awarded by schools and governments and are based mostly on need, scholarships often involve some other special qualification. A high grade point average (GPA), membership in a particular group, or a demonstrated talent are all common reasons to win scholarships.

There’s no way to guarantee you’ll receive a scholarship, but here are 10 tried-and-true tips that can work in your favor:

  1. Be thorough and accurate. Scholarship sponsors may receive thousands of applications. If your application doesn’t have all the information and documentation in order, it will be tossed aside before they’ve even read it.
  2. Double check spelling and punctuation. Even slight errors could be a reason to eliminate you.
  3. Apply for as many as you can. The more scholarships you apply for, the better the odds that you’ll win one.
  4. Don’t discount small awards. If you submit a lot of applications, those small awards could add up. They may also have fewer applicants competing against you.
  5. Think local. National organizations are likely going to have more competing applicants than, say, your hometown’s community foundation.
  6. Distinguish yourself with an essay. Many students get lazy and avoid scholarship applications requiring essays. Use this as an opportunity to showcase your passion, your interests, and the distinctive qualities that can help you to shine.
  7. While we’re on the subject of essays, follow these basic guidelines:
    • Write what you’re asked to write. If the question asks for three examples, don’t give two or four.
    • Have someone proofread the essay to be sure it doesn’t contain mistakes.
    • Stay within the prescribed word count; going over actually may disqualify you.
  8. Make the most of your education and experience. Take every opportunity to enroll in challenging courses, participate in community service, gain career training, receive mentorship, or otherwise show initiative and leadership.
  9. Join a professional association, which may offer scholarships or fellowships. For example, Educators Rising, a division of Phi Delta Kappa International, and the National Education Association’s NEA Aspiring Educators program are both student organizations for future teachers that offer scholarships or information about affording college.
  10. Never lie. Most scholarship applications undergo a thorough screening process. Even small exaggerations could be enough to rule you out.

Grants and Fellowships for Education Students

How to Win Grants and Fellowships

The first step to receiving a grant is completing your FAFSA as soon as possible; it’s available starting October 1st for the following school year. Though students have until June 30 to complete the form, many states and colleges have earlier deadlines. States and colleges may also have additional applications for you to complete.

To win financial aid grants, you must demonstrate need. However, there’s another type of grant that graduate students may seek. Like grant monies provided to nonprofit organizations, some grants may be available from private foundations or organizations that support research, community service, or professional activities.

Graduate students wishing to receive fellowships or grant funding may find these tips helpful:

  1. Find as many opportunities as you can to apply for. Securing a fellowship isn’t a task to be taken lightly. Conduct in-depth research through your school’s fellowship or financial aid office or career services center, and be sure to speak with faculty in your program about possible opportunities.
  2. Take a workshop or class on grant writing. These courses can help you to strengthen your writing and use language that appeals to awards committees.
  3. Take the time necessary to complete your fellowship application. This is not something to rush through. Some fellowships are designed to serve as an annual salary; there is an expectation that you will work as hard for this as you will to obtain a job (and sometimes it’s much harder). Don’t expect to cram it into a weekend.
  4. If you’re proposing a research project, you’ll need to sell it to selection committees, who may not be as familiar with the field as you are. You must be able to clearly articulate the goals, that the work is needed, that it has real-world applications, and that you are the person to perform the work.
  5. Remember that the grant or fellowship would support you, not the program or research product. In other words, you must show on your application that you have the qualities necessary to perform the research or other activities involved. Skip the generic platitudes about how “children are our future.” Instead, demonstrate what you bring to the table. Your application should showcase your background, skills, professional experience, goals, and passion that make you uniquely

Finding scholarships, grants, and fellowships can be a lot of work, but the reward of receiving money to pursue your chosen profession and embarking on a career in education are sure to make it worth the effort.