60+ Scholarships for Teachers

Last updated: March 19, 2018

On average, teachers affect more than 3,000 students during their career. If we consider the impact of a strong teacher on a students’ social, emotional and educational abilities, the scale of their influence extends so much further than we could tangibly quantify. In a study of U.S. students between the ages of 7 and 15, 83 percent said that a teacher helped boost their self-esteem and confidence, while 79 percent reported having a teacher who encouraged them to follow their dreams. In this way, teachers serve a deeper value than just giving our next generation the tools they need to be successful; teachers inspire our students for greatness beyond the classroom.

If you're working towards a degree with a goal of becoming a teacher, there are hundreds of financial aid and scholarships for teachers that you qualify for. Private institutions and government agencies provide more than just financial support for the aspiring teacher, but the educational support to help you get there.

In her candid blog for new teachers, Elena explains that her number one piece of advice to any educator is to know why you are a teacher. Because, she says, “when the reasons are really strong, teaching is much, much easier.”

“I teach because, for me, it's the most effective and most enjoyable way to change the world. That's the bottom line: We need to change this world, and this is the way I'm choosing to do it. Teaching allows me to work on hearts and minds, to guide people in becoming empowered, literate, engaged, creative, liberated human beings who want to join in this effort to change the world.”
Elena Aguilar

It’s no question that teachers have one of the most important and relevant jobs for making a real impact on our world. For education majors wishing to create change of their own, there are ways to prepare for the classroom before even stepping into one.

How to Qualify to be a Teacher

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Higher Education

Aspiring teachers will take classes in human development, child psychology, curriculum design and specific coursework catered to the level at which students wish to teach. This catered curriculum prepares students to become experts at teaching at their desired grade level. Teachers at the post-secondary level are usually required to have a master’s degree or higher.

 
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Fieldwork

All prospective teachers must participate in professional fieldwork, which are often included in education degree programs, where students assist in an in-class environment. This helps students practice and gain experience as student teachers.

 
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State Licensing

Certain licensing may not be necessary, especially for private school teachers and will vary by state. However, most state licensing will require a bachelor’s degree, supervised teaching experience and the completion of a teacher education program, to qualify.

 
 

Resources for Teachers

Scholastic Top Teaching Blog

This resource is a digital teaching magazine to inspire teachers to push their creativity to new levels, with engaging lesson plans and activities to try in the classroom.

Glogster

This multimedia tool is a helpful resource for teachers to make interactive posters for students to engage with the lessons they’re learning.

Smithsonian Education:

The Smithsonian offers thousands of resources for educators including lesson plans, virtual tours of latest exhibits, and connect with experts through this site.

Common Core State Standards Initiative

This site offers an overview of the Common Core State Standards, and what teachers can reasonably expect students to learn at all grade levels.

ERIC.gov:

The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is an online digital library of education resources and information supported by the United States Department of Education.

Library of Congress Lesson Plans

Using primary sources from the Library of Congress, this database offers teacher created, classroom tested lesson plans for the aspiring educator.

 
 

How to Pay for College

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Scholarships

There are hundreds of scholarships for education majors, which are awarded by local organizations, private companies, societies and more.

 
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Grants

Grants don’t need to be paid back and are based on your financial circumstances. They are usually funded by the federal government, your state or college.

 
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Fellowships

While scholarships usually fund tuition, fellowships typically cover graduate study, research projects and abroad experiences without needing to be paid back.

 
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Student Loans

You can borrow money from the government or a bank, but it needs to be paid back with interest. The federal government offers many loan options—fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for financial aid. If you need help, use our interactive guide to learn how to answer every question.

 
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Federal Work-Study Program

Provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to pay education expenses.

 
 

If you’re just beginning the process of finding suitable scholarships, make sure you’re prepared for the application process by starting a folder with the assets below.

Scholarship Application Preparation

Not all scholarships are based off of your GPA, but most need to verify your high school education to qualify. Try to get certified copies of your transcript early, so you have plenty of time to meet the deadline.
Although there are scholarship opportunities that aren’t merit-based, it’s valuable to take the SAT or ACT standardized tests in case it’s a scholarship qualification.
Your scholarship essay is what will bring attention to your application out of the pool of applicants. That’s why it’s important to craft a stand out piece that attests to your experience, adheres to the scholarship guidelines and most importantly, highlights your true personality.
Letters of recommendation are a true judgement of your character—something that can’t be revealed through your test scores or transcript. Reach out to former teachers, counselors or bosses, so that they can speak to your qualifications. You may also want to provide them with a resume that outlines your achievements and goals as well.
 

Scholarships for Teachers

Instructions: Click through the dropdowns below to sort by award amount and if you qualify for need-based aid.

Leon Bradley Scholarship

Amount: $4,000

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Awards support and encourage more minorities and persons of color to work in the field of teaching and school leadership. Applicants must reside in these geographic locations or be currently matriculating at an institution in these states or regions: Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C. or West Virginia.

Suzuki Association of the Americas Scholarship

Amount: $300-$500

Deadline: May 31, 2018

This scholarship award is dedicated to students pursuing teaching music to children. Students interested in the Shinichi Suzuki Method are encouraged. Must be a member of SAA to apply. Financial need will be considered.

Alba George Watt Memorial Essay Contest

Amount: $250

Deadline: July 1, 2018

This annual essay competition seeks students who can produce an original, research driven presentation under 12,000 words. Submissions may be in English or Spanish.

Future Journalism Teacher Scholarships

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: July 15, 2018

These scholarships are given to three students who demonstrate a desire to teach journalism at the high school level. Applicants will be reviewed based on the essay and recommendation submissions.

Fulbright Scholar Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: August 1, 2018

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching and research awards to students in the U.S. at the undergraduate and graduate level. Opportunities are open to people regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, etc. Employees and immediate family members affiliated with the U.S. Department of State are ineligible to apply. See site for details.

USRA Scholarship Awards

Amount: Varies

Deadline: August 9, 2018

These USRA scholarships are awarded to students pursuing degrees in science education related fields. Must be within the first two years of associated degree program, and applicants will be reviewed based on letters of recommendation and essays pertaining to students study of interest.

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: August 28, 2018

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program awards scholarships to women who desire to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at the K-12 level.

Bill Kane Scholarships

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: October 15, 2018

This award is distributed annually to one undergraduate student studying health education in a U.S. university. Must be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution to apply.

Horatio Alger Scholarship

Amount: $25,000

Deadline: October 25, 2018

This program provides funding to institutions of higher education to provide scholarships, stipends, and programmatic support to recruit and prepare STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 teachers. Partnered with AAAS, this stipend requires a minimum of two years of teaching in high-need school districts upon acceptance.

Ron Brown Scholars Program

Amount: $40,000

Deadline: November 1, 2018

African American students in their senior year of high school are eligible for this scholarship program. Students interested in pursuing a degree in education are preferred.

Barbara Lotze Scholarship

Amount: up to $2,000

Deadline: December 1, 2018

These renewable scholarships, supported by an endowment funded by Barbara Lotze, are available only to U.S. citizens attending U.S. schools. Must demonstrate undergraduate status, with good academic standing and dedication to the pursuit of a teaching career in the physics field. U.S. citizens only.

Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers

Amount: up to $2,000

Deadline: December 1, 2018

This renewable scholarship applies to undergraduate students enrolled, or planning to enroll, in physics teacher preparation curricula and high school seniors. Must be a U.S. citizen.

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 1, 2018

This scholarship supports high school seniors who are interested in a career in service, like teaching. Applicants must be nominated by their high school principal and have a GPA of 2.8 or higher to qualify.

Litherland/FTEE Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 1, 2018

This scholarship is for one undergraduate student majoring in engineering education and must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: December 14, 2018

Applicants for this award must be a U.S. citizen with evidence of superior academic achievement to apply. Students pursuing a teaching career at the university level are preferred.

Burger King Scholars Program

Amount: $1,000-$50,000

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Applicants must have strong academic performance with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Must be passionate about serving the community, and be an employee/spouse/partner of an employee for graduate consideration.

NAEA Art Educator Scholarship

Amount: $1,100

Deadline: December 31, 2018

This national scholarship opportunity is for students pursuing a teaching degree for art related fields. The funds from this scholarship are to cover the costs of the NAEA convention, as well as travel stipends. Must be a member of NAEA and be working towards their art teaching career to apply.

The Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in education are eligible for this scholarship. Students affiliated with the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, National Right to Work Committee, and members of the Selection Review Committee and their families are not eligible.

Bright Futures Scholarship for Early Childhood Teachers

Amount: $1,000

Deadline:

Students hoping to pursue a degree in early childhood education are eligible for this award. Must be pursuing an undergraduate or masters degree to apply.

Inspire Our Future Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline:

Students pursuing teaching and enrolled full-time in an accredited university are eligible for this award. Must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and submit an essay to apply.

Math for America Fellowship Programs

Amount: up to $100,000

Deadline:

Math for America offers fellowship programs for college graduates working towards teaching math in secondary schools. Each fellowship is limited to 2-6 participating cities, offering stipends over the course of 5 years. Sign up with the MFA to learn more about this fellowship opportunity.

Nancy Larson Foundation College Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

The Nancy Larson Foundation is proud to sponsor scholarships for college students studying to become elementary school teachers. Undergraduates in their junior year of study and beyond are welcome to apply.

TEACH Grant

Amount: up to $4,000

Deadline:

A TEACH grant can help you pay for college if you plan to become a teacher in a low-income area. This federally funded aid applies to students working in a high-demand field, in elementary schools, and students requiring financial assistance.

The Lillian and Samuel Sutton Education Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline:

Education majors enrolled full-time at an accredited university are eligible for this scholarship. Membership to NAACP is preferred, but not required. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher to qualify.

The Vildeus Jules Jean Baptiste Service Award and Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

The core mission of the Lighthouse LANDS Project is to overcome hunger and poverty through education and empowerment of women and children. Students requiring financial need and are enrolled in a full-time institution may apply.

Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership

Amount: $50,000

Deadline:

This fellowship foundation offers qualified candidates tuition towards an MBA program, and seeks to prepare leaders who can bring world-class levels of performance to U.S. schools and prepare education leaders. See site for participating states and universities.