Students who are planning a career in teaching are among the most well funded students. A number of resources have been created to support the education of promising young teachers. In part, this is due to the lack of certified and qualified teachers. Some awards require teachers to specialize in high need areas, such as math or foreign languages. Other awards require that students agree to serve in an underserved school in exchange for tuition assistance. Regardless of the scholarship you accept, make sure to carefully read the terms so that you understand the criteria for the award. See the list below for some of the best scholarships for future teachers:
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
This award is open to students from a variety of different educational levels. It supports Hispanic students who are undergraduate or graduate students. The amount of the awards varies drastically, from $500 through $5,000. The exact amount depends on the level of financial need demonstrated by the student. While there are no restrictions on the major a student can pursue, preference is given to students who are majoring in a STEM field. Thus, teachers are given preference since they are education majors. In order to be eligible, students must hold a minimum grade point average (2.5 for college students and 3.0 for high school students), enroll in college on a full-time basis, complete a FAFSA application, have Hispanic roots, and attend an accredited four-year college. Additional information about this award can be found at the following website: https://hsf.net/en/scholarships/programs/general-college-scholarships.
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program
This is one teaching scholarship that does not have to be paid back! In fact, this is one of the most prestigious scholarships available to aspiring teachers. In order to be eligible, students must come from a minority background. All applicants are required to demonstrate high levels of financial need, based on their FAFSA application. Recipients of the award receive a full-ride scholarship, that will cover the cost of their unmet need. There are no restrictions on what major a student is required to pursue at the undergraduate level. The Program will pay the costs for a graduate education, but there are restrictions on the area of study that a student may pursue. In order to be eligible, students must have at least a 3.3 grade point average. Students also are required to submit two letters of recommendation and answers to eight brief essay questions. Additional information about the award can be found here: http://www.gmsp.org.
Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
This scholarship program supports undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing an education degree. Students must agree to serve as a teacher for two to five years. In exchange, they receive full tuition remission and a stipend. Deadlines vary depending on your college and university, thus it is important to check with your school for additional information. Students can read more about the program at the following website: http://nsfnoyce.org.