Scholarships for Teachers

Last updated: April 23, 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

1

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.

 
2

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.

 
3

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

1

Scholarships

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

 
2

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.

 
3

Fellowships

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

 
4

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.

 
5

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.

Barbara Lotze Scholarship

Amount: up to $2,000

Deadline: December 1, 2019

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.

Litherland/FTEE Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 1, 2019

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

Maley/FTEE Technology and Engineering Teacher Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Applicants must be members of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, and must be a technology and engineering teacher at any grade level who is beginning or continuing graduate study.

Litherland/FTEE Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Applicants must be members of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, must not be a senior by the application deadline, and must be an undergraduate majoring in technology and engineering education teacher preparation.

FTEE Undergraduate Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Applicants must be members of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, must not be a senior by the application deadline, and must be an undergraduate majoring in technology and engineering education teacher preparation.

Burger King Scholars Program

Amount: $1,000-$50,000

Deadline: December 15, 2019

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.

UCLA Graduate Education Scholarships

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: December 15, 2019

Several awards are available of up to $5,000 each, from which fees are paid, for graduate students in any field of study who are blind or who have a severe vision impairment. Proof of financial need via copy of DREAM Act Application (for California AB540 students).

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: December 17, 2019

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.

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.

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.

NCTE Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training Scholarship Fund

Amount: $500

Deadline: January 31, 2020

The National Council of Teachers of English offer a scholarship for professional development to qualified English/Language Arts teachers in public educational institutions. Applicants will be reviewed based on their essay submission.

Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: January 31, 2020

This scholarship is awarded to three Michigan public school teachers who were fired for no other reason than their refusal to pay union dues.

Inspire Our Future Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: April 1, 2020

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.

"Inspire Our Future" $500 Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: April 1, 2020

All teachers in all levels of education are welcome to apply for this scholarship. Application includes responding to a question on the website in the provided link.

Educators Rising PDK Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 1, 2020

This scholarship is available to prospective educators who have a connection to PDK through membership in Educators Rising. Scholarship awards range from $500–$2,000. Students must be paid, active-level members of Educators Rising in order to qualify.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Amount: up to $6,000

Deadline: May 1, 2020

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.

Prospective Middle School Mathematics Teacher Coursework Scholarships

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: May 1, 2020

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.

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.

AASEA Memorial Scholarships

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: May 1, 2020

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.