There may be many scholarship opportunities for students interested in teaching. Some of these programs may have a national in scope, making awards each year to applicants from all over the country. Others are regional, honoring students who are living in a certain area. Many are administered by colleges and universities, although the funding may come from a national foundation or professional organization, or corporation. Some programs designate undergraduate students, some will fund teaching students at any level, and some are for those seeking a graduate degree. In recent years loan-forgiveness programs have arisen, designed to draw teachers into areas where the teaching shortage is particularly acute. We review some of these programs in our scholarship listings as well.
- Siemens Teacher Scholarships are awarded each year to students who are attending historically black colleges as an undergraduate or graduate student in a teaching program, and who intends to teach in the fields of math or science. The program is administered by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
- Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is designed to encourage students majoring in math, engineering, science or a technology field to become science and math teachers at the K-12 level. This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled or enrolling in a teaching program such as MAT that will enable them to obtain a teaching credential and who will commit to teaching in high-need areas for teachers in these fields.
- Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a fellowship program for graduate students who are first-generation Americans. The program is not limited to education; graduate students from any field may apply. Applicants are required, however, to explain their educational goal in terms of career accomplishment and contribution to the country. Teaching is one of the most time-honored forms of public service careers.
- TEACH Grant Program is a program developed by the U.S. Department of Education at the direction of Congress. The program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to undergraduate or graduate students who intend to teach in a low-income school district. A commitment of four years in a district designated as such is required from students who accept these grants.
- Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program is designed to provide loan relief to teachers who have worked for five consecutive years in a low-income school district. The Stafford Loans are the most common form of federal student loan support. They are available to graduate students as well as undergrads. Participants may receive up to $17,500 in relief on Stafford Loans and loan interest.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund manages six programs for graduate students of Hispanic descent who are enrolled in various academic pursuits. These programs are co-sponsored by corporations or trusts and many have specific fields of study designated for qualification. But this organization is a major scholarship source for Latinos at every educational level and well worth checking out.
- Teachers of Tomorrow is a program developed by the New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education. It is another program that provides tax-free grants of up to $3,400 annually to teachers who commit to working in a high-need school. Only working teachers may apply, so the program is a perfect option for New York teachers who wish to enroll in a Master of Arts in Teaching program.
- AFCEA Educational Foundation makes $5,000 scholarships available to students pursuing an undergraduate degree, graduate degree or certification in teaching for the STEM disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has been supporting undergraduate and graduate study for the past eight years. Because of their losses in endowment due to the recession they have reduced their student sponsorships, but are still making funds available to qualifying students who have worked with the foundation in the past.
- American Association of University Women supports several graduate student fellowship and grant programs, one of which is for women with a bachelor's degree who are seeking to reenter the workforce with enhanced education and a new career. There are also community action grants that support educational activities, a resource for MAT students who are working in the classroom already.
There may be many scholarship opportunities for students interested in teaching. Some of these programs may have a national in scope, making awards each year to applicants from all over the country. Others are regional, honoring students who are living in a certain area.
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