How to Find Special Education Scholarships
There is high demand for special educators, and thankfully plenty of money available for people who want to become them. In this article we will explore the world of special education scholarships. We’ll first look at private scholarships, and then we’ll explore a few of the best programs for special education, each of which offer their own financial aid. We hope this will help you in actualizing your goal to become a special educator!
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- Top special education scholarships
- Top special education programs
- Summary of Scholarships
- Upcoming scholarships
Top special education scholarships
- Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate students seeking a career in special education
- Amount: $1,000
- Deadline: October 16, 2021
- Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate students pursuing special education, with at least 3.0 GPAs
- Amount: $1,000
- Deadline: February 14, 2022
Top Special Education Programs
Many large universities have special education programs. Each offers their own financial aid packages, which can be combined with the scholarships listed above. The following is a list of some of the top programs.
- Vanderbilt University (Peabody) ranks as US News’ top special ed program. The school offers both need-based and merit-based financial aid. All applicants are automatically considered for these benefits. In addition, Vanderbilt partners with a list of external scholarships, available by application to its students.
- Kansas University also hosts a top-ranked special education program, which offers both need-based and merit-based financial aid. It also offers scholarships available by application.
- University of Oregon hosts both undergraduate and graduate programs in special education. Both types of students qualify for need-based, merit-based and application-based scholarships.
If you’re an undergraduate, don’t forget to look for standard education programs, as you will be able to specialize later. We wish you luck on your educational journey!
Summary of Scholarships
- Eligibility: Delaware county residents enrolled in a special education program at an Indiana institution
- Amount: $1,500
- Opens: January 1, 2022
- Eligibility: High school seniors enrolling in an Illinois program for special education
- Amount: $2,500
- Eligibility: College sophomores and above majoring in special education at Rider University or The College of New Jersey
- Amount: Up to $2,000
- Eligibility: Members or relatives of Knights of Columbus pursuing a master’s degree to aid people with intellectual disabilities
- Amount: $2,000
- Eligibility: Kansas residents pursuing special education programs, planning to teach in an underserved Kansas school. At least 3.0 GPAs
- Amount: $5,500
- Eligibility: Undergraduates who are members of the Lutheran community, pursuing special education. At least 3.0 GPAs
- Amount: $3,000
- Eligibility: College students majoring or minoring in ASL deaf studies, deaf education, special education, or interpreter preparation. Must be members in an active ASLHS.
- Amount: $1,000 to $3,000
While the previous scholarships are specifically for aspiring special educators, don’t hesitate to search for scholarships for general educators too.