Nothing could be more valuable for students than a competent and erudite teacher. It takes a lot of hard work to climb the echelons of the teaching career because it requires constant learning and practice. It can be very helpful if the prospective teachers receive financial assistance to help them complete their studies and develop the skills necessary to impart quality instruction to their future students.
The need of these prospective teachers is recognized by many organizations who offer scholarships for future teachers. How a person is recognized as a future teacher or in other words is eligible for these scholarships, is usually indicated if the person is pursuing an education degree. There are a number of scholarships for future teacher available. Some of the opportunities will be discusses here:
- Applegate Jackson Parks future teacher scholarship is offered by the National Institute for Labor Relations Research. It offers a $1,000 to anyone pursuing an education degree at a graduate or undergraduate level.
- The American Federation of Teachers provides scholarships and loan forgiveness programs. More information can be obtained from their website.
- The Siemens Foundation offers the Siemens teacher scholarships to future teachers from the minority groups.
- National Federation of the Blind Educator of Tomorrow Award offers a $3,000 scholarship to blind students who plan a future career in elementary, secondary or post-secondary education.
There are also some sources which could be checked out for information on scholarships for teachers. These include aid offices of local institutions. If you apply for scholarships in your locality, you get the advantage of less amounts of competition. There are also some national level scholarships for teachers. These scholarships are for people who aspire to become a teacher. These include:
- The Phi Delta Kappa International Education Foundation awards an amount of $1000 to students who plan a career in high school or elementary education.
- Bright Horizons family solutions, offers four $2,500 scholarships to students pursuing a degree in early childhood education.
Eligibility criteria for the offers vary from scholarship to scholarship. While all scholarships might require you to submit CV’s, letter and recommendations, etc, some require you to write essays or to qualify as a member of a specific groups.
With a little effort and research, any prospective teacher can gather enough information regarding the various scholarship options available to him/her. This could be the beginning of a fruitful career in teaching.