Education majors who are willing to teach in low-income and critical need schools and areas of critical need such as math, science and secondary education, have a wealth of scholarship and grant opportunities open to them. Many scholarships require that education majors commit to teaching for a set number of years in a certain area after graduation in exchange for the funds.
Math for America recruits teachers to help improve math education across America’s schools. Teachers with the program typically enter education from other careers or hold a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or a related field. Those accepted to the program receive a full-tuition scholarship to cover the cost of a Master’s degree in teaching and up to $100,000 in stipends while fulfilling their teaching requirement of four years. Cities where teachers may be employed include New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Diego and throughout the state of Utah.
The national TEACH grant program provides up to $4,000 a year to help pay for college tuition for students who agree to serve in a high-need field in a low-income school after graduation. Education majors must teach for a minimum of four years in an eligible school upon graduation or pay back the funds. High need fields include mathematics, reading, English as a second language and special education. Students must maintain a 3.25 GPA to continue receiving funds from the TEACH grant program.
Through the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, education majors may apply for the Applegate Jackson Parks Future Teacher Scholarship. In order to apply for the scholarship, students must complete a scholarship on whether joining a teachers’ union is right for them. The scholarship is worth $1,000.
BrainTrack, a website that provides a comprehensive overview of colleges and careers in the United States, also offers a select number of scholarships each year. Included in those scholarships is a teaching scholarship which provides a scholarship between $500 to $1,000 to two college students each semester. To apply, students must answer a set of essay questions about teaching provided by BrainTrack.
Many states sponsor their own scholarship programs for teachers to encourage teachers to remain in the state and take on teaching jobs in schools that need high quality teachers.
Oklahoma’s Future Teachers Scholarship provides funds for education majors in Oklahoma who choose to focus on mathematics education, early childhood education, social studies education, music education or science education. Each scholarship is worth between $500 and $1,500. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in order to continue to receive the scholarship.
In response to a regular shortage of teachers across the state, South Carolina instituted the Teaching Fellows program which encourages to pursue a career in teaching. Each year 175 high school seniors receive the scholarship which provides around $24,000 over the course of four years to cover college tuition and room and board. Teaching Fellows in South Carolina must sign an agreement to teach one year for each year the scholarship is received.