Top 25 undergraduate teaching scholarships

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If you’re considering a career in education, chances are you’d prefer to focus on your goals of becoming an educator — and not on how you’ll repay student loans. Student loan debt among Americans has piled up to a whopping $1.44 trillion, according the Federal Reserve.

To help lighten the debt taken on by our future educators, we researched teaching scholarships through more than 300 corporations, colleges and nonprofits across the US to pool together our list of the top 25.

Major Sponsor Name Amount Renewable? Who’s it for Link
Education Illinois Student Assistance Commission Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program Full Tuition No Undergrad Learn more
Education/Other Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation Harry S. Truman Scholars Program $30,000 No Undergrad Learn more
Education University of Alaska Teach for Alaska $12,000 No Undergrad Learn more
Education Scholarship Program $10,000 Yes Undergrad/Grad Learn more
Education Troops to Teachers Troops to Teachers $10,000 No Armed Forces Learn more
Education American Federation of Teachers AFT Robert G. Porter Scholars Program $8,000 No Undergrad Learn more
Education University of Texas Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers $8,000 Yes Undergrad Learn more
Education Indiana Commission for Higher Education Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship $7,500 Yes Undergrad Learn more
Education Indiana University Bloomington Next Generation Teacher Scholarships $7,500 Yes Undergrad Learn more
Education East Carolina University College of Education Scholarship $7,000 No Undergrad Learn more
Education New Hanover County Board of Education New Hanover County Board of Education Student Scholarships for Future Teachers $7,000 Yes Undergrad
Education American Chemical Society ACS-Hach Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Scholarship $6,000 No Undergrad Learn more
Education Grand Valley State University PNC Early Childhood Education Scholarship $6,000 Yes Undergrad Learn more
Education University of Houston UH-Life Noyce Scholarship for Future STEM Teachers $6,000 No Undergrad Learn more
Education Elon University Elon Teaching Fellows $5,500 Yes Undergrad Learn more
Education Connecticut Office of Higher Education Connecticut Minority Teacher Incentive Grant $5,000 Yes Undergrad Learn more
Education College Foundation of West Virginia Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program $5,000 Yes Undergrad/Grad Learn more
Education Southern Connecticut State University Alma Exley Scholarship Program $5,000 Yes Undergrad Learn more
Education Azusa Pacific University Marvin O. Johnson Scholarship $5,000 Yes Undergrad Learn more
Education Scottsdale Charros Scottsdale Charros Future Teacher Scholarship $5,000 No Undergrad Learn more
Education Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program $4,500 Yes Undergrad Learn more

*In November 2018, we manually compiled online data on scholarships offered by more than 300 corporations, colleges and other nonprofits, ranking them by aid value.

Where to find college scholarships

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Sabrina Manville


The biggest misconception people have is that they need to apply to hundreds of small private scholarships. The reality is that most private scholarships are very small compared to the financial aid and scholarships that colleges can give. Many college scholarships don’t even require a separate application so it’s worth spending some of your time investigating those as opposed to the private scholarships.

As you begin your college search and put together a college list, you should try to estimate what the likely price of your top schools will be (including financial aid and scholarships) and see if there’s a gap between those prices and what you can pay. As soon as you have a preliminary list you should know what money you’ll need – and this will help you understand what additional scholarships would be helpful. Then you can start applying. Never pay money to apply to a scholarship; if it’s a money-making scheme, it’s likely not trustworthy!

Charlie Maynard

Going Merry

Students tend to think that scholarships only apply to those who have the very best grades or athletic achievements. They can get put off even applying to scholarships because of this. In reality, there are millions of dollars available to students from community foundations, memorial funds, and businesses, which are looking for students from all kinds of backgrounds, regardless of their academics. These scholarships are looking for students who share their backgrounds, values or interests, or who simply have a great story and desire to further their education.

While scholarships have deadlines throughout the year, there’s a peak season from January to April. However, we always advise students to be looking for scholarships all through the year as the ones with deadlines outside of peak season will receive fewer applications. We encourage students to set a regular reminder to check what scholarships they are eligible for – this way they may unearth a gem that nobody else has seen.

The most important rule is to never ever pay an application fee for a scholarship, no matter how small the amount. As part of this, avoid any site that guarantees that you will win scholarships – that’s just not possible with legitimate scholarships. We usually tell students if it doesn’t seem right, move on. Look for secure websites with https in front of them and try to find an aggregator of scholarships, like Going Merry, that screens all of their scholarships before adding them to the site.

Richard Sorensen

Founder and President
Tuition Funding Sources

Many students look for scholarships that offer big awards but those are also the most competitive. Scholarships with smaller awards are easier to obtain because fewer students are competing for them. These scholarships can help with college costs such as books and living expenses. Treat applying for scholarships as a part-time job. Organize your free time and try to work on submitting one scholarship application every week and more during weekends. Remember if you spend 100 hours on submitting applications and win scholarships for $10,000 that is a really good part-time job!

The earlier you apply the better. Most students wait until the deadline date to apply. Applying early gives your application a chance to be seen and create a good impression before all the other applications are received. Also remember to follow the application instructions exactly. If the organization asks you to mail the application, don’t try to email it and if there is a maximum word count for an essay or answer, don’t go over it. Most scholarship providers receive more qualified applications than available funds so don’t increase your chances of being disqualified because you didn’t follow their instructions.

Protect your data. Never reveal financial information such as your social security number, credit card numbers, checking information or bank account numbers to apply for scholarships. Scholarship scammers could use this information to commit identity theft.

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