It takes a fair amount of education to become a teacher, and undergraduate and graduate students know that getting a degree in the United States can come with a hefty price tag.
Since you’re probably already considering taking the Praxis, don’t let your goal of becoming a teacher get sidelined for want of money: there are plenty of scholarships for teachers available to current and prospective students.
Here are some of the best.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant
The TEACH award is a federally-funded scholarship that provides up to $4,000 a year to students pursuing a degree in education. The grant requires that you teach in a high-need field, at a school with low-income students, and for at least four years after finishing your degree.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Teacher Scholarships
The STEM scholarships range from $2,500 to $5,000, and are available to United States citizens pursuing a graduate degree or credential/licensure program to teach one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) subjects in a U.S. K-12 school. Although the scholarship is designed for graduate students, undergraduate seniors that are pursuing a dual-degree education program are eligible to apply.
American Montessori Society Scholarship
Students hoping to become a teacher in a Montessori school can apply for the American Montessori Society Scholarship. The scholarships vary in value, but several are $1,000 each. The Montessori method is a specific education philosophy and style developed by Dr. Maria Montessori.
Bright Horizons Scholarship
If you’re hoping to enter the early education field, check out the Bright Horizons ‘Bright Futures’ Scholarship. The scholarships range in value from $250 to $1,000, and are available to full-time undergraduate and graduate students.
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Scholarships
Many scholarships for teachers are available for students based on their background. Below are some of the best:
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers various scholarships to high school seniors and undergraduate and graduate students of Hispanic background.
The NAACP offers its members a variety of scholarships.
The National Federation of the Blind Educator of Tomorrow Scholarship is available to blind students pursuing a career in education.
Finally, women are eligible for quite a few other scholarships for aspiring teachers.