Scholarships for Education Majors

Introduction: Education Scholarships

UNESCO data estimates that the world will need close to 69 million new teachers across primary and secondary education by 2030 (less than 10 years from now!) in order to keep up with the increasing demands of the education sector.

So, if you're considering (or already planning on) becoming a teacher of any kind, good for you, our world certainly needs you!

While it certainly has its difficulties at times, the process towards becoming a teacher, as well as the act of actually teaching and working with kids, is without a doubt a rewarding one.

Getting an education-related degree, just like getting any other, can be expensive. Luckily, for students who are planning on becoming teachers of any and all kinds, there are lots of great education scholarships out there to help you achieve your goals.

In this post, I highlight 20 great education scholarships and grants for all kinds of students looking to become teachers. But first...

Some frequently asked questions about education scholarships and becoming a teacher

Do I have to major in Education to become a teacher?

Generally, while an education degree is likely the easiest path to becoming a teacher because it teaches you HOW to teach and everything that goes with it.

However, you don't need to major in education as an undergraduate student in order to become a teacher.  

The rules on this vary based on a number of things, such as: 

  1. The state you plan to teach in 
  2. What type of school you want to teach at (public, private, charter, non-profit)
  3. What subject and grade level you want to teach (elementary, middle, high school, special education, etc)

If you want to teach in a public school system, you will have to obtain a teaching license or teaching credential in addition to obtaining your undergraduate degree (usually through a four-year program).

Because of this requirement, you can theoretically major in anything for your undergrad (although it should be relevant to what you want to teach), go on to get your credential, and be good to go! 

What tips do you have for applying for education scholarships?

When it comes to applying for education scholarships, my main tip is to make it clear in your essays and through your extracurricular activities that you are dedicated to working with others and helping them grow. After all, that's a big part of what being a teacher is, right?! 

Committees want to see that you are not just becoming a teacher (and applying for scholarships) because you didn't know what else to major in. Show them through your profile exactly why you deserve the scholarship, and how it will propel you from your current position into one where you can work towards your goals of making a difference in student's lives. 

Do I need to go to graduate school to become a teacher?

Nope, not necessarily! 

While going to graduate school/getting a master's degree in Education or Teaching is one option to help you become a teacher, it is not the most popular method. This is because master's degrees are expensive, and they often require extra years of full-time study and commitment before you can start teaching. 

Despite these downfalls, one major upside to going this route is that you will likely be able to start at a higher salary when you do begin teaching because you have that extra degree. 

If you choose to not go the graduate degree route, the two other popular options for becoming certified are:

  1. Getting your undergraduate degree through a program that also includes a program that directly prepares you to get your license 
  2. Getting your alternative certification (if you majored in something that is completely unrelated to Education/Teaching)

Why are so many education scholarships state-specific grants?

You'll notice by going through this list that many states have their own specific scholarships or grant that they offer for students who live in those states and are studying to become teachers. 

My theory as to why so many of the scholarships are state-specific boils down to the way many of the programs seem to work.

That is, they provide you with a scholarship to help you pay for school and get your degree, and at the end of your studies, you must give back by agreeing to teach in that state for a certain number of years, or completing another similar obligation. 

What websites/resources do you recommend for students who want to become teachers?

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20 education scholarships for all types of students

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: February 2

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Open to high school seniors in Georgia who are planning on attending a Georgia college or university

    -Minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Amount: $1,500

    Deadline: February 11

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Must be a Vermont resident and a US citizen

    -Must be seeking a certificate or license in special education

    -Minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Amount: N/A

    Deadline: March 1

    Eligibility/Details: 

    -Open to graduates of Oregon high schools who are studying special education at 4-year colleges and universities

  • Amount: $24,000

    Deadline: March 1

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Open to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level

    -Must be a US citizen

  • Amount: $5,000

    Deadline: March 1

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Open to ethnically diverse or Heritage Speakers of a language other than English

    -Must be an undergraduate student in your final two years, or a graduate student, going into an approved Oregon teacher licensure program

  • Amount: up to $5,000 per year

    Deadline: March 1

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen or meet the “undocumented student” criteria of the RISE Act

    -Must be a resident of Illinois

    -Must be a minority student of either African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Native American origin

    -Minimum 2.5 GPA 

    -Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an Illinois institution of higher education in a course of study which, upon completion, qualifies you to be licensed as a preschool, elementary, or secondary school teacher 

  • Amount: $2,000

    Deadline: March 1

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Open to students who are currently enrolled in teacher education programs at Wisconsin institutions studying mathematics education

    -Minimum 3.0 GPA 

  • Amount: $5,000

    Deadline: March 31

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Must be legally blind in both eyes 

    -For students planning on pursuing a career in education

  • Amount: $500 - $5,000

    Deadline: April 5

    Eligibility/Details:

    -For undergraduate students and higher pursuing careers in public education

    -Must be a member of one of the organizations listed on the scholarship page 

    -Open to international students

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: April 15

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Open to high school seniors and current college students planning to or currently majoring in Education

    -Minimum 2.0 GPA

    -Must show participation in JROTC or a team sport

  • Amount: $3,000

    Deadline: May 1

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Minimum 3.0 GPA 

    -Must be a student member of NCTM 

    -Must be in your junior year of college

  • Amount: $2,500

    Deadline: May 31

    Eligibility/Details:

    -For students pursuing a graduate degree and majoring in education for the purpose of teaching a STEM subject

    -Must have completed a bachelors degree in a STEM major 

  • Amount: N/A

    Deadline: August 31

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Open to Black and Hispanic students who intend to pursue a course of study to be able to teach in an accredited school in Indiana 

  • Amount: Varies

    Deadline: August 31

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Open to STEM undergraduate majors and professionals who have goals of becoming effective K-12 STEM teachers

  • Amount: $4,000

    Deadline: September 1

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Preference will be given to applicants who plan to pursue a career in public library service

  • Amount: Varies

    Deadline: October 12

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Must be a citizen or national of the United States of America at the time of application.

    -Must meet the language requirements of the award to which you are applying and demonstrate sufficient competency to complete your project and adjust to life in the host country.

    -Must have a conferred bachelor’s degree or equivalent before the start of the grant

  • Amount: up to $4,000

    Deadline: October 31

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Must be enrolled as an undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, or graduate student at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program

    -Minimum 3.25 GPA 

    -Must file the FAFSA

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: November 15

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Open to college juniors and seniors as well as graduate students

    -Must have a declared major in elementary education 

  • Amount: $10,000 per year

    Deadline: December 31

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Open to recent high school graduates with a passion for teaching

    -Scholars must agree to teach in a West Virginia public school in an area of critical need (math, science, elementary education or special education) for a period of five years after graduating from college

    -The scholarship may be used at any eligible West Virginia public or private, non-profit college or university offering West Virginia Board of Education-approved teacher preparation programs in math, science, elementary education, or special education

  • Amount: Varies

    Deadline: Varies

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Open to Florida residents

    -Must be a college junior or senior or a graduate school student participating in a state-approved teacher education program 

  • Amount: $6,780

    Deadline: N/A

    Eligibility/Details:

    -Awards are made to students attending school at the undergraduate and/or graduate degree level in exchange for five years of full-time employment as math or science teachers in secondary education in New York State

    -Must be a US citizen

    -Minimum 2.5 GPA

Where else can I find education scholarships, or other scholarships for school?

If you've read through this blog post and you're still looking for more education scholarships beyond the ones I've featured, you're in luck!

You can start by heading over to my scholarship search and entering your information. Don't forget to input "Education" or "Special Education" for the major so you get results that are as specific to Education as possible!

After that, you can get creative with your search by leveraging the organizations that are listed above, along with our good friend Google, to find even more education scholarships that you might be eligible to apply for.

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