Teacher scholarships are geared to students at all levels pursuing a career in teaching and education. There are scholarships for almost every level and subject of study, from early childhood education to physics to education administration. Many teaching scholarships focus on specific subjects facing a high demand for teachers, while others focus on candidate backgrounds, academic records, and financial need. There are countless teaching scholarships out there that are both federally and privately funded.
While eligibility requirements for teaching scholarships can vary, the most common requirement is that the candidate be committed to earning teaching credentials. Many teaching scholarships are created with the goal of increasing the pool of qualified teachers either in weak schools or districts or in subjects where teachers are scarce. However, many teaching scholarships are available to help committed students pay for colleges. In any case, the eligibility requirements for a teaching scholarship will reflect the goal. Requirements might include:
- Pursuing a Teaching or Education degree at the level relevant to the scholarship
- Meet specific undergraduate GPA or other academic requirements
- Are enrolled in an accredited program
- Considering employment with the scholarship's provider
- Studying a particular subject or field
- Be a legal U.S. resident
- Affiliated with a minority culture
- Applying for financial aid
- Planning to earn teaching credentials in their state
The above list of eligibility requirements lists possible eligibility criteria only and is not a comprehensive list. And, meeting the eligibility criteria for a scholarship does not guarantee your application, as many scholarships are competitive. Keep reading for a list of example scholarships for teachers:
Types of Teacher Scholarships
- Kappa Delta Pi Doctoral Scholarships: Kappa Delta Pi offers several doctoral scholarships in various amounts from $875-4000 for candidates pursuing PhDs in different educational disciplines. Some scholarships are available only to those attending specific institutions.
- National Council Of Teachers Of Mathematics Scholarship: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics offers one $10,000 scholarship to a college student planning to teach high school math.
- NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program: The National Science Foundation funds scholarships at undergraduate institutions to motivate STEM majors to earn teaching credentials to teach in K-12 schools.
- T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Project — North Carolina: Child Care Services Associate offers this scholarship program that offers scholarship opportunities based on merit to early care professionals seeking Associate or Bachelor's degrees in Early Childhood Education in North Carolina.
- The Lindsey's Family Restaurant Shon Shadrick Memorial Scholarship: One $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to major in special education through this program.
- Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship: This program offered through the College Foundation of West Virginia awards undergraduate and graduate scholarships up to $5000 per academic year to encourage interest in teaching in the state's public schools.