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Top 31 Scholarships for Teachers in January 2023
Even though teaching is one of the most important professions, there can be many financial roadblocks to becoming a teacher in the United States. Getting a master’s or other advanced teaching-related degree can be very expensive, and many entry-level teaching positions do not pay enough to make these degrees feasible.
Luckily, there are programs out there to help relieve this burden, such as scholarships for teachers and teacher loan forgiveness. Whether you are a current teacher looking to further your education, or a recent graduate looking for scholarships for another education program, we’ve gathered the best scholarships for teachers to help you make your teaching dream come true!
- Top scholarships for teachers
- How to win scholarships for teachers
- Resources for teachers
- Frequently asked questions
- Upcoming scholarships
- Keep reading
Top 31 Scholarships for Teachers in January 2023
The Scholarships360 Research Team reviews all scholarships individually and strives to exclude any scholarship where any of the below applies:
- The scholarship requires a fee to apply
- The scholarship requires paid membership in an organization (with certain exceptions for reputable trade organizations and others)
- Student are required to sign up for a site or service to apply*
- The scholarship seems primarily used for lead generation** or idea harvesting purposes***
- The scholarship website has many grammatical errors and/or advertisements
- The scholarship or scholarship providing organization seem untrustworthy
- There is no evidence the scholarship was previously awarded
- The scholarship has not been awarded in the past 12 months
- There is no available contact information
If you believe a scholarship has been published in error, please reach out to [email protected] and we’ll take a look!
* There are certain exceptions to this, for example if the sponsoring organization is a major corporation or nonprofit with its own scholarship application system.
** Lead generation scholarships will require students to sign up for an app or website and require minimal (if any) application requirements.
***Idea harvesting scholarships will require students to submit blog posts or other materials that companies may use for marketing purposes.
$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship
Easy scholarship open to all US-based high school, college, community college and graduate students.
$2,000 Nitro College Scholarship – No Essay
Easy scholarship open to all high school, college, community and graduate students.
$25,000 No Essay Scholarship
Open to high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.
“Follow Your Own Path” Essay Scholarship
Open to all postsecondary students, regardless of the type of training/education they are pursuing.
“Outstanding Undergraduate” Essay Scholarship
Open to current undergraduates at four-year universities in the U.S.
Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training Scholarship
Offered by National Council of Teachers of English
Open to NCTE members who are ELA teachers at public institutions and are pursuing postgraduate training to enhance their teaching skills.
James Madison Graduate Fellowships
Offered by James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation
Open to current or aspiring teachers of American history, government, or civics at the secondary school level who hold a bachelor's degree.
Middle Class Scholarship
Offered by California Student Aid Commission
Open to California students pursuing an undergraduate degree or teaching credential at public California universities.
Minority Teaching Fellows Program
Offered by College Pays Tennessee
Open to postsecondary students of color in Tennessee who are pursuing teacher certification to teach in Tennessee.
Professional Development Scholarship Emphasizing History, Number Theory, or Discrete Mathematics
Offered by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Open to mathematics teachers who have taught for at least three years and plan to continue teaching.
$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship
Easy scholarship open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.
ARFORA Helen Muntean Education Scholarship for Women
Offered by The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America
Female, Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America members who have completed their first year of an undergraduate education program.
STEM Teacher Scholarships
Offered by AFCEA & ManTech International
Open to aspiring teachers seeking a graduate degree for the purpose of teaching STEM subjects to K-12 students in the U.S.
Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship
Offered by The Kansas Board of Regents
Students pursuing bachelor's degrees in teaching and current teachers wanting to teach hard-to-fill disciplines or in underserved areas.
MPOWER Women in STEM Scholarship
Offered by MPOWER Financing
International and DACA female students who wish to study in the U.S. or Canada and pursue a career in STEM, the medical field, or education.
Promise of Nursing Faculty Fellowships
Offered by The Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association (FNSNA)
Open to registered nurses enrolled in graduate level, degree-granting universities in the U.S. in hopes of becoming a nurse educator.
Minority Teacher Education Scholarship
Offered by Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc.
Open to Florida residents of color who have been admitted to a teacher education program at any of FFMT's participating colleges.
Knowles Teaching Fellowship
Offered by Knowles Teacher Initiative
Open to current and incoming high school STEM teachers who have at least a bachelor's degree in the subject they intend to teach.
This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.Jan 8, 2024
$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship
Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.
Niche $2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship
Easy scholarship from Niche open to all high school, college, and graduate students.
How to win scholarships for teachers
As with any type of scholarship, scholarships for teachers are highly competitive. You’ll have to stand out in your applications in order to earn money. Before you start applying, do some reflection.
Think about the experiences that have motivated you to be a teacher and jot them down. Then, think about the change you hope to make in the world and make a rough plan of how you’ll accomplish it. Finally, think about experiences you’ve had, whether they are tutoring kids after-school or taking care of your younger siblings, which help demonstrate that you have talent in the field. Jot all of these down with bullet points or however feels most comfortable to you. You’ll come back to this sheet later to help you write your essays!
Writing strong essays
Writing a great scholarship essay takes a lot of skill. It’s not quite the same as other types of writing. Our guides on starting and ending scholarship essays, writing about yourself, and writing a winning scholarship essay can help you through. We can also help you tailor your writing to 250 or 500 word prompts, and help you respond to the common “Why do you deserve this scholarship?” prompt. Good luck!
Resources for teachers
Teaching is a dynamic and community-oriented field. Being a part of a professional organization like the NEA can be helpful in keeping up with the state of teaching as well as making connections with teachers around the country. They also help advocate for teachers’ rights and a host of other beneficial initiatives for teachers.
The AAE focuses on empowering teachers and students through collaboration and advocacy. Members receive benefits such as scholarships, classroom grants, networking opportunities, supplementary insurance, literature on the current state of teaching, and more.
Regional teachers’ organizations
These national organizations are a great way to plug into a huge nationwide network, but remember that it can also be beneficial to plug into some more local organizations. Working with local orgs can give you a better idea of the state of education in your city, county, or state. You’ll also have more opportunities to meet in-person and perhaps to find a job in your community.