Top Scholarships for Education Majors in 2021
Educators are the lifeblood of a country; they help shape our youth and create a promising tomorrow. Schools around the country, especially those with largely low-income students, are facing shortages of teachers. As a result, encouraging people to major in education is more important than ever, and many scholarships for education majors have popped up to make it easier to major in education.
- Top Education Scholarships
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Summary of Education Scholarships
- Upcoming Scholarships
This list of scholarships for secondary education majors and other aspiring teaching professionals is tailored for people all around the country. For more specific education majors, please check out our state scholarship guides, and the websites of the schools you are considering!
Top Education scholarships in 2021
- Eligibility: US Citizens who plan to teach the US Constitution to students in secondary school. This fellowship is designed for those seeking a master’s degree who are currently set to receive their bachelor’s degree by August 31 of the year that they apply
- Amount: $24,000
- Opens: September 17 (Constitution Day!), but start preparing now!
- Eligibility: US Citizens who are undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited two-year college, four-year college or a university; or a high school senior accepted for such enrollment. Applicants should be pursuing, or planning to pursue, a course of study leading toward a career in physics teaching in the high schools
- Amount: up to $2,000
- Deadline: December 1, 2021
- Eligibility: Future and present Black male educators with a 2.8 GPA or above
- Amount: $1,030 f or each of two winners
- Deadline: January 1, 2022
- Eligibility: California residents pursuing a teaching credential attending a University of California school or California State University whose family income and assets are below $184,000 and qualified for financial aid
- Amount: Between 10% and 40% of mandatory tuition and fees
- Deadline: Automatically considered when you submit your FAFSA or CADAA by the yearly March 2 deadline (FAFSA opens October 1)
- Eligibility: Graduate or undergraduate students majoring in education in institutions of higher learning throughout the United States. Preference is given to students who have demonstrated academic ability and an interest in the work of the National Institute for Labor Relations Research
- Amount: $1,000
- Deadline: January 31, 2021
- Eligibility: Current middle or high school English teachers who want to pursue graduate coursework
- Amount: $500 to $1,000
- Deadline: January 31st of each year
- Eligibility: Current college students who are nominated by their Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative. Prioritized students will show an extensive record of campus and community service, commitment careers in government or nonprofit/advocacy sectors, communication skills and a high probability of becoming societal “change agents”
- Amount: Up to $30,000
- Deadline: February 2 (First Tuesday of every February)
- Eligibility: High school seniors who plan to attend a Christian college in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona or Colorado. Priority given to students who plan to pursue a degree in education, environment, environmental engineering, conservation, or forestry
- Amount: $10,000 to $20,000
- Deadline: April 1, 2022
- Eligibility: US Citizens enrolling in a TEACH-certified program preparing them to teach in a high-need field. TEACH funds can go towards bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, or post baccalaureate programs. Recipients must commit to teach at least four full academic years out of the eight years after they leave their program
- Amount: Up to $4,000 per year
- Deadline: Varies – see website
- Eligibility: Students aged 18 or older with a minimum 3.5 GPA with an intent to use their degree in an education-related career, including teachers and administrators. Current students and teachers who plan on going back to school to further their career are both welcome
- Amount: Varies
- Deadline: Varies
Frequently asked questions about education scholarships
Are there many scholarships available for education majors?
Partially due to a nationwide shortage of teachers, there is an increasingly wide variety of scholarships available for education majors. In this post, we cover the best nationwide scholarships for education majors. Many states and even schools have scholarships available for education majors as well.
Where can I find scholarships for education degrees?
Our list has many of the best scholarships available for education degrees nationwide. You can also check out Scholarships360’s state lists of scholarships to find opportunities that are specific to your state or school!
Are there grants for education degree students?
In addition to scholarships for education degree students, there are many grants to allow you to get hands-on experience while you are still in school!
How do I qualify for an education degree scholarship?
Each education degree scholarship has its own list of qualifications; check our “eligibility” section on this list to find out if you qualify for an education degree scholarship!
Summary of Scholarships for Education Majors
- James Madison Memorial Fellowship
- Barbara Lotze Scholarship for Future Physics Teachers
- Mark A. Jefferson Teaching Scholarship
- Middle Class Scholarship
- Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship
- Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training Scholarship
- Harry S Truman Scholarship
- Peters Foundation Scholarship
- Federal TEACH Grant
- Teacher.org Scholarships and Grants
Upcoming education scholarships
- Eligibility: Students pursuing a graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM subjects at a U.S. school in grades K-12. Students must currently be in at least their second semester of graduate school and taking at least two semester-equivalent courses per term
- Amount: $2,500
- Opens: January 2022
- Eligibility: Minority candidates working towards their initial teaching certification endorsements
- Amount: $3,500 (multiple scholarships are awarded)
- Opens: February 2022
- Eligibility: Students with a minimum 3.50 GPA aged 25 or older who plans to pursue a career in teaching at the elementary school level. The student must be enrolled in a college or university, or plan to enroll, and hold at least a sophomore level standing
- Amount: Up to $1,500
- Opens: November 1, 2021
- Eligibility: Applicants must be accepted, are in the process of being accepted, or are already enrolled in an AMS-affiliated teacher education program at the early childhood level
- Amount: $2,500
- Opens: February 1, 2022