Teachers today are required to get at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university. Depending on the school district, and whether or not it’s a public or private school that the teacher works at, they may be required to continue their education and earn a Master’s degree and, in some cases, a PhD. With the average teacher’s salary still remaining relatively low, at least comparative to other careers, this means going back to college and continuing their education can be overwhelmingly challenging.
That’s why scholarships for teachers are so valuable. Somebody who is pursuing a degree in education and plans to become a teacher someday is going to find numerous scholarship opportunities available to him or her. Even those individuals who have already earned a Bachelor’s degree in education and have begun work as an educator may qualify for scholarships to help them further their education to earn a Master’s degree or other requirement for their particular job or position.
Here is a list of a number of scholarships for teachers that can allow them to go back to school or pursue their dreams of becoming an educator in the future.
Alma White – Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship
This scholarship is available through the Hawaii Community Foundation-Scholarships. The deadline is February 20 and the amount awarded can vary depending on the year. It is not clear who may be eligible to apply for this particular scholarship, though it is likely residents of Hawaii or those students who may be attending college at the University in the future.
To be considered for this scholarship, students must be currently enrolled in college as a junior, senior, or graduate student. They also need to be majoring in education.
Students who may be interested in this particular scholarship are encouraged to check out their website here.
Christa McAuliffe Scholarship
The deadline to apply for the Christa McAuliffe Scholarship is April 1 every year. The amount of the scholarship is $500 and it is a nonrenewable scholarship, which means that it is awarded as a one-time educational gift. It is offered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation in Nashville, Tennessee.
In order to qualify for this, students need to be in the second semester of their junior year in a teaching program at a college in Tennessee. They must be actively enrolled full time and maintain at least a Grade Point Average of 3.5.
Another requirement for this particular scholarship is that the student needs to maintain and SAT or ACT score that is at least as high as the national average. Since the national average can vary from one year to the next, there is no set score the student needs to achieve.
They also need to not have defaulted on any state or federal student loans in the past. Finally, students who may qualify for this particular scholarship need to agree to teach in a Tennessee elementary or secondary school for a set period of time once they have completed their college education and earned their degree.
Those students who may be interested in this scholarship should visit the website here.
Early Childhood Educators Scholarship
This scholarship can award up to $9,000 as a one-time scholarship gift. It is not renewable and is made available through the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the Office of Student Financial Assistance. In order to be considered for this particular scholarship, students need to be legal residents of the state of Massachusetts and have already worked as early childhood educators in the state for at least one year prior to receiving the scholarship.
They need to continue working in this particular profession while they are enrolled in school and once they earn their degree they also have to continue working for a set period of time.
Students need to be enrolled in an Early Childhood Education program or some related undergraduate program. Eligible candidates cannot have earned a Bachelor’s degree previously.
For students who are interested in pursuing this particular scholarship, they should visit the website here.
Edith M. Allen Scholarship
Made available through the United Methodist Church, the Office of Loans and Scholarships, applicants who are interested in this $1,000 scholarship me to be active members of the United Methodist Church. They need to be members of this church for at least three years. They also need to be majoring in education, medicine, social work, or some other related health field.
Eligible students will be pursuing either undergraduate or graduate degrees. Eligible students interested in this particular scholarship should visit the website here.
Maine State Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
This scholarship with a deadline of applying for by April 15 and in the amount of $1,500 is made available to high school students living and attending school in Maine. Preference is given to students who will be attending a college in the state of Maine.
While it is not a specific requirement for this particular scholarship, preference is also given to students who will be pursuing a major in education or business.
There are two different types of scholarships awarded by the main State Chamber of Commerce, one for high school age students and one for adult awards. For the adult award, students need to maintain an independent status and be studying education at a minimum of a two-year college.
For those students who may be interested in this particular scholarship opportunity, they are encouraged to visit the website here.