Teachers are one of our society’s greatest assets. Those that teach generally do so because it’s in their DNA, and unfortunately, high salary positions in this field are becoming harder to find. It’s not an easy job at times, but those that choose it will tell you they wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Elementary and other secondary schools that enroll lower income children are currently having a hard time filling open positions, and as a result, there are a lot of current scholarships that are looking to drive qualified teachers to fill these positions.
Like other career paths, diversity is an important component, and there are scholarships aimed to help minorities and people of other cultures and social groups to enter the field.
Teaching positions are available at all levels of academia. From early childhood to collegiate level positions, teaching offers several specialties to match a student’s career ambitions. Here are just some of the more popular teaching positions available to pursue.
Art Teachers – Educate students about the topic of art. Art teachers often work outside of the classroom in community centers and other vocational areas.
Biology Teachers – Most biology teachers teach at the high school and collegiate level. Generally create curriculum around experiments and scientific investigation.
College Professor – College professors teach young adults specific subjects at public and private institutions.
Elementary School Teacher – Teach young K-5 children in elementary schools. Most teach only at one level and have the same students throughout the year.
English Teacher – Instruct and inform students about the process of writing, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary.
ESL Teacher – Generally teach the English language to those who are non-native English speakers.
History Teacher – Teach at the middle school, high school and collegiate level. Curriculum revolves around various forms of historical happenings.
Math Teacher – Responsible for teaching math skills to students at several levels. Primarily math specific teachers start at the middle school level on up.
Montessori Teacher – Unlike traditional teachings, Montessori teachers don’t teach in the same form. These teachers are seen more as guidance and teach in a more hands-on manner.
Music Teacher – Teacher who teaches his/her students the fundamentals of music.
P.E. Teacher – Teach and instruct students on their health and physical education.
Preschool Teacher – Works with students at the Pre-K level. These teachers mold youngsters to become capable students.
Principal – A principal works at the administrator level. Often responsible for hiring and administering teaching staff.
School Counselor – Counsel students through their academic career and may help with personal issues as needed.
Science Teacher – Typically found at the middle school up level. Responsible for sharing info about science and the scientific method.
Special Education Teacher – Generally help and assist with teaching those with developmental issues.
In 1981, AFDO established a scholarship fund with the excess funds from the 75th Anniversary of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act celebration. The “George M. Burditt Scholarship” and the “Betsy B. Woodward Scholarship”, both in the amount of $1,500 each will be awarded annually to a worthy recipient who is in their third year of college.
A third scholarship, the "Denise C. Rooney Scholarship," worth $1,500 was created in June 2008 and will also be awarded annually to a worthy recipient who is in their third year of college.
The recipients should have demonstrated a desire to serve in a career of research, regulatory work, quality control, or teaching in an area related to some aspect of foods, drugs or consumer product safety; should have demonstrated leadership capabilities; be in their third year of undergraduate college; and must have attained at least a 3.0 grade point average during the first two years of undergraduate study.
Bright Futures Scholarship for Early Childhood Teachers
Bright Future's Scholarship Program supports the field of early childhood education by offering financial assistance for future teachers. We believe the profession of early childhood education deserves more respect and support. It is our hope that this program will be a way to encourage students of great promise to continue pursuing their dreams of caring and teaching young children.
Eligibility: Full-time enrollment in an accredited degree program. Demonstrated potential as a teacher of young children under the age of 6 and have a minimum of nine months of experience working with this age group. A consistent display of excellence as a standard in their educational coursework, especially in classes related to education/child development. Candidates must demonstrate achievement in their field-based experiences working directly with young children and their families. A GPA of 3.0 or higher. Minimum of 15 credits completed for associate's program, minimum 30 credits completed for bachelor's program or have already been accepted into a master's program at the time of submitting their application.
CAC/Robert L Viera Community Service Scholarship
The CAC/Robert L. Viera Community Service Scholarship, established in 1998, is given to assist high school seniors who will be attending an accredited institution of higher learning on a full-time basis and who demonstrate financial need. The donor, Community Action Committee, Inc. (CAC), recognizes there may be students who, due to special circumstances, can attend college only part-time. These special circumstances might include such things as employment, medical disability or the demands of single parenting. All special circumstances will be given due consideration.
● Minimum 2.5 GPA ● Saginaw County resident ● Saginaw County high school senior ● Pursuing an undergraduate degree in education or human services ● Full-time enrollment, unless special circumstances dictate part-time enrollment ● African American student ● Demonstrated community service
Cleveland State University Robert J. Noyce Scholarship Program
The Laura E. Settle Scholarship Foundation of the California Retired Teachers Association invites students, who will become future K-12 teachers in California, to apply for this annual scholarship.
Students must: be a U.S. citizen and resident of California; Demonstrate financial need; have a record of exemplary character and citizenship; posses a 3.00 GPA or better; and must be in their final phase of their Teacher Credential program.
Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program
The Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program was funded as a pilot initiative by the Legislature for the purpose of increasing the quality and availability of teachers and care providers to work with young children and youth in inclusive settings including infant/toddler, preschool and school age programs. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance for currently employed early childhood and out of school time educators and providers who enroll in an associate's, bachelor's or master's degree program in Early Childhood Education or related programs.
To be eligible for the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship, an applicant must:
Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts. Be a U.S. Citizen or non-citizen eligible under Title IV regulations. Have applied for financial aid, using the standard Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be in compliance with Selective Service Registration. Not be in default of any federal or state Student Loans for attendance at any institution or owe a refund for any previous financial aid received. Enroll, as a matriculated student, in an undergraduate degree program (full or part-time) in Early Childhood Education, Child and Family Studies, Child Care Administration, Child Development, Child Guidance, Child Psychology, Family Studies, and Human Services is an eligible degree when it includes an Early Childhood concentration in the major. Be employed, for at least one year, as an educator or provider in an early education and care program or out of school time program that is licensed or authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and continue employment in this field while pursuing the approved course of study. Sign an agreement to continue employment as an early childhood educator or provider in Massachusetts upon completing the degree requirement, or repay funds as defined. Not have received a prior bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
Edward G. and Helen A. Borgens Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education Scholarships
Two one-time, preferred amount awards of up to $1,500 for students (25) years of age or older. One award is given to students studying to teach at the elementary school level, the other to students studying to teach at the secondary level.
All applicants must have at least a 3.50 GPA, be at least a college sophomore, and attend or plan on attending an accredited college or university. The award is based on academic merit and is not automatically renewable; however, recipients may reapply for consideration as long as they meet the eligibility requirements
ISI’s Graduate Fellowship Program
ISI’s Graduate Fellowship Program is characterized by the observation of Richard M. Weaver that “a liberal education specifically prepares for the achievement of freedom.” After more than fifty years, the ISI graduate fellows program boasts some of the most distinguished figures in the academy and public life. Each year ISI grants Richard M. Weaver Fellowships to students who intend to use their advanced degree to teach, and Henry Salvatori Fellowships to students doing graduate work related to the American Founding. Each of these fellowships seeks to uphold the idea of academic excellence and the role of education in producing persons capable of making reasoned choices in favor of liberty.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens who will be enrolled in a full-time graduate program for academic year 2018–19 Those attending pre-professional (medical, law, divinity, business, etc.) programs are ineligible
Early Childhood Development Scholarship
Child Development Associate Credential. Associate’s degree in early childhood education. Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary early childhood education or a related program approved by the Early Childhood Development Authority. Kentucky Early Childhood Development Director’s Certificate.
Be a Kentucky resident. Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident. Be enrolled no more than 9 credit hours per term in the scholarship program curriculum at a participating school pursuing one of the approved credentials. Maintain satisfactory academic progress. Be employed at least 20 hours weekly in a participating early childhood facility or be employed as a preschool associate teacher in a state‐funded pre‐school program. Not be eligible for state or federal training funds through Head Start, a public preschool program, or First Steps. Have no unpaid financial obligation to KHEAA or to any other Title IV program. Agree to a service commitment based on the credential pursued.
Teacher.org will post a question and entry form for candidates to fill out. The form(s) will be found on all applicable Teacher.org pages. Candidates will answer the question with a response of 500 - 700 words. Teacher.org will pick one winner with the best answer among all entrants. Entrants can only apply to one Teacher.org scholarship.
Applicants can major in the following degrees:
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) Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
AFCEA STEM Teachers Scholarships
Want to inspire future generations of innovators with STEM? The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) provides scholarships to students pursuing graduate degrees or licensures to teach STEM subjects at K-12 schools in the U.S.
U.S. Citizenship and living in the U.S. is required for all applicants. If proof of citizenship is requested, you would not be eligible for judging unless the proper paperwork has been received.
Students enrolled in distance-learning or online programs should email the Educational Foundation office for clarification on eligibility and include a link to their program.
Graduate-level candidates must currently be in their second semester and taking at least two (2) semester-equivalent courses per term at accredited college or university in the United States and majoring in secondary education for the purpose of teaching STEM subjects in a U.S. school in grades K-12 at the time of application. A current overall GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale in their current program at an accredited U.S. college or university required at the time of application. Have completed B.S. degree in a STEM major that meets the mission of AFCEA. Expected graduation date cannot be in the year the scholarship is awarded.
Undergraduate students are ineligible to apply.
Credential/licensure candidates must be U.S. citizens with a completed B.S. degree or graduate degree in a STEM major that meets the mission of AFCEA (undergrad/grad transcript required). Must be currently enrolled and have started the program at the time of application. Expected graduation/completion date cannot be in the year the scholarship is awarded.
*Scholarship awards are subject to availability of funding. Scholarship awards are restricted to tuition and course-related expenses, such as fees, books, supplies and equipment that are required for the courses at the university.
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