It’s no secret that teachers don’t make top dollar, so finding as many scholarships as possible is key. Digging your way out of debt on a teacher’s salary is no cake walk. So apply for as much aid and award money as you can find.
Here’s a list to help get you started:
“Inspire our Future” Scholarship
Deadline: April 1
This scholarship is funded by Teacher.org, a teacher advocacy site. Students considering teaching and/or studying child development, early childhood education, education, educational administration, secondary education, or special education are invited to apply. Minimum requirements include a 3.5 GPA, and a 500-700 word response to a question on the entry form.
Bache Renshaw Fellowship
Deadline: January 16
This fellowship is available to doctoral students intending to become superintendents, curriculum developers, or influential scholars. Applicants must be members of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and be enrolled in a full-time graduate program.
Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship
Deadline: February 1
This scholarship is awarded annually to a migrant student who wishes to pursue a career in teaching. Eligibility criteria are: child of a migrant worker or a migrant worker, teaching as a career goal, scholastic achievement, and financial need. Two letters of recommendation and a current transcript are required to be considered. In addition, the applicant should provide a 300-500 word personal essay in regards to why they want to become a teacher. The application must also include a copy of your current Migrant Education Certificate of Eligibility (COE).
James and Patricia Sood Scholarship
Deadline: March 11
This scholarship is awarded through the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. The James & Patricia Sood scholarship is granted to a student wishing to major in education. Applicants must have been between the ages of 15 and 39 during their own diagnosis/treatment or during the diagnosis/treatment of their parent or sibling.
Upon receiving the award, each recipient will be obligated to organize and run a bone marrow registry drive with the support of Delete Blood Cancer and There Goes My Hero.
Leon Bradley Scholarship
Deadline: May 29
The Leon Bradley Scholarship Program is intended to encourage more minorities or persons of color to enter the field of teaching and become school leaders. Up to two scholarships will be awarded each year to a minority college student working towards their initial teaching license. An additional two scholarships will be awarded to minority graduate students seeking their administrative credentials.
Applicants must reside in, or be enrolled in a college or university in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C., or West Virginia.
Prospective Educator Scholarships
Deadline: April 1
These scholarships, from a single application, are awarded to members of Educators Rising or prospective educators who have a connection to Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) by having a family member or teacher who is a PDK member.
Eligible individuals will be high school seniors intending to major in education who is a good standing member of Educators Rising, a child or grandchild of a Kappan in good standing, a high school senior who has one of their reference letters written by a Kappan in good standing, or an undergraduate member of PDK who is enrolled in a college education program.
Tobin Sorenson Physical Education Scholarship
Deadline: April 1
As its name implies, this scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a career in physical education. The scholarships are given to college students with a sophomore or higher standing at a regionally accredited institution. In addition, applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA, demonstrate extracurricular involvement, and intend to pursue a career as a K-12 physical education teacher, coach, recreational therapist, dance therapist, or similar profession.
Along with the application, students must also submit a resume, an official college transcript, and two letters of support from teachers or professionals in the field.