Scholarships for Teachers

Last updated: March 06, 2019

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.

Teachers Make Teachers Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 30, 2019

High school seniors pursuing an undergraduate degree focused on education may apply for this scholarship. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

AASEA Memorial Scholarships

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: April 30, 2019

These scholarships are awarded for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in education, with special consideration to students hoping to work with children with special needs.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Amount: up to $6,000

Deadline: May 1, 2019

This scholarship award supports students who attend an HBCU pursuing a degree in education. Awards are based on financial need, and merit. Students must have a 3.0 GPA and strong commitment to service to qualify.

Zell Family Scholarship Fund

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 1, 2019

This scholarship fund is in memory of the Zell Family, who awards two aspiring Montessori education students with this award. Applicants are considered on a financial need, a personal statement, and acceptance into the AMS-affiliated program.

Prospective Middle School Mathematics Teacher Coursework Scholarships

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: May 3, 2019

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics offer a scholarship to one qualified full-time college junior working towards their degree teaching middle school mathematics. Applicants will be reviewed based on their proposal, essay, budget, background, and experience.

NAAE "Teachers Turn the Key" Scholarship Application

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 15, 2019

The NAAE sponsored scholarship are awarded to members who have less than four years of teaching at the time of application. Students pursuing agricultural education are prefered.

National Geographic Learning + NAAE Upper Division Scholarship

Amount: $750

Deadline: May 15, 2019

National Geographic and Cengage Learning offer a scholarship award to students pursuing agricultural education with the intent to teach. Prior recipients of NAAE awards are not eligible. Sign up with NAAE to learn more about eligibility and resources available.

Christa Mcauliffe Teacher Incentive Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 3, 2019

The scholarship awards legal residents of Delaware, who are high school seniors and who rank in upper quarter of class and have a combined score of 1010 on the SAT. The applicant must be enrolled in Delaware college undergraduate program leading to teacher certification.

Alba George Watt Memorial Essay Contest

Amount: $250

Deadline: July 1, 2019

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, 2020

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: September 16, 2019

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.

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: August 27, 2019

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

Hawai'i Community Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

Hawaii Community Foundation is providing a wealth of financial support to qualified students throughout Hawaii. With over 250 scholarships, Hawaii students can surely find a scholarship that applies to them.

Inspire Our Future Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: April 1, 2019

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: January 1, 2020

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.

TEACH Grant

Amount: up to $4,000

Deadline: January 1, 2020

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: January 1, 2020

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.

Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership

Amount: $50,000

Deadline: January 1, 2020

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.