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


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.



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.


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.


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.

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



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



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.



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


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.


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.

Burger King Scholars Program

Amount: $1,000-$50,000

Deadline: December 15, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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.

NAEA Art Educator Scholarship

Amount: $1,100

Deadline: December 17, 2020

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.

Hawai'i Community Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2021

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, 2021

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.


Amount: up to $4,000

Deadline: January 1, 2021

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.

NCTE Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training Scholarship Fund

Amount: $500

Deadline: January 31, 2021

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, 2021

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

The Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: January 31, 2021

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.

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

Amount: up to $9,500

Deadline: January 31, 2021

This scholarship is designed to recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science. This award provides financial, as well as internship and academic opportunity and support. Applicants should sign up to learn more information and eligibility requirements.

Lewis B. Barber Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $5,100

Deadline: February 10, 2021

This merit-based scholarship aims to provide financial aid to students who graduate from public or private high school in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry or Lee counties in Florida. Applicant must pursue certification to teach deaf/blind or attend seminary/pre-seminary school to study church, Christian music or Christian education.

Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership

Amount: $50,000

Deadline: February 22, 2021

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.

Suzuki Association of the Americas Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: March 15, 2021

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.

Teachers Make Teachers Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 30, 2021

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

Montessori Teacher Education Scholarship

Amount: varies

Deadline: May 1, 2021

An aspiring Montessori teacher is eligible to applly for an AMS Teaher Education Scholarship. Applicants are considered on the basis of financial need, a compelling personal statement, letters of recommendation, and acceptance into an AMS-affiliated teacher education program.