Public schools nationwide are suffering from a lack of exceptional teachers. As a result, funding agencies have poured money into the development of fledgling teachers. Such scholarships are aimed at both increasing the recruitment and retention of qualified teachers from elementary through high school levels. Funding opportunities are available through federal and state governments. In addition, some other organizations also offer money to aspiring teachers or education majors. Below is a list of scholarships available to education majors:
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants are available to students who want to become teachers in a high need field. Furthermore, they must plan to work in an underserved area. This award is only open to students who intend to be teachers and who plan to enroll in college. The maximum award is $4,000 per student. Students must complete a four year degree program within an eight year period. In order to be eligible for this award, students must complete the FAFSA, be enrolled at the graduate or undergraduate level in a degree granting institution, have a strong grade point average, have scored high on standardized tests, and sign a TEACH grant agreement. The current high-need fields are for teachers in a foreign language, math, science, special education, etc. More information is available at the following website: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach#what-is-teach.
AFCEA Education Foundation offers teaching grants to citizens of the United States. Students are required to be planning to attend to enrolled in a graduate education program with a focus on teaching in a STEM field upon graduation. Furthermore, applicants must plan to teach in either a high school or middle school in the United States. The award provides $5,000 to winners. More information about this award is available at: http://www.afcea.org/education/scholarships/undergraduate/TeachersScholarship.asp.
Illinois Golden Apple Scholarships are open to high school graduates in Illinois. High school students are eligible to receive up to $23,000 in scholarship and stipend money. The award offers $2,500 for the first two years of college and $5,000 for the last two years of college. In addition, each scholar will be awarded a $2,000 stipend over summer.
This award also comes with the added benefit of assistance with job placement upon graduation. In order to be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens who live in Illinois. Students must have strong scores on their standardized tests, submit an essay, and send letters of reference. Furthermore, students are required to hold a 2.5 grade point average, complete an online application form, and submit transcripts from their high school. Applicants are selected on a number of criteria and finalists are required to attend an interview sometime in February or March. More information is available at: http://www.goldenapple.org/high-school-students.
Gates Millennium Scholars Program is open to minority students who demonstrate financial need. This award provides full-tuition coverage for winners. Winners must enroll in an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Students must respond to eight essay prompts, maintain at least a 3.3 grade point average, submit at least two letters of recommendation, and submit and completed application prior to the January deadline. More information about this award can be found here: http://www.gmsp.org/.
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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