Teaching is a noble and rewarding profession. It is one of the most respected professions because teachers play a vital role in development of a good society. There are some 40 million teachers teaching at the elementary and secondary level in the US, so the job market for prospective teachers is wide and it is easy to find a job in teaching if you have a professional degree related to teaching. Keeping in view the importance of teachers in a society many aid programs are initiated to attract students towards professional degrees in teaching.
There are generally two types of scholarships for teachers. One type is the national scholarships offered by government or government owned departments and second is the local scholarships offered by welfare organizations and educational institutions.
There is generally a high competition for national scholarships, so they are tough to get. But if you are able to win these scholarships the amount of the scholarship will normally cover all your tuition costs and part of living costs. There are also some national scholarships which provide aid to teachers specializing in a particular field, such as Special Education, physical education etc. Information on all such scholarship programs can be obtained from the education department’s website.
Local scholarships are offered by colleges and universities, and other organizations with the aim to attract students towards teaching related professional courses. Some local scholarships for teachers are mentioned in this article.
- The NAACP Lillian and Samuel Sutton Education Scholarship program that provides aid of $1000 to $2000 to prospective teachers.
- The AKA Educational Advancement Foundation Merit Scholarship program that provides aid to students joining teaching related degree. The amount of this award is $1000.
- Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation offers numerous scholarships of $250 each to prospective teachers.
- Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund provides scholarships of up to $4000 to students joining a course related to teaching.
- Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship program provides financial assistance of up to $2500 to prospective teachers.
Information on criteria and deadline of above mentioned scholarships can be obtained from their websites. Students can also search for hundreds of other scholarships for teachers offered in the US. There are also many scholarship programs that provide aid to already working teachers who want to get a degree to excel in their teaching careers. All of these scholarship programs can be conveniently searched over the internet using scholarship search sites.