6 Exclusive Scholarships for Future Teachers

The Top Scholarships for Teachers with Upcoming Deadlines

Exclusive Scholarships
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  1. Mark A. Jefferson Teaching Scholarship
    Funded by
    mark jefferson
    In Review
    This scholarship will support one extremely ambitious African-American in their studies to become an educator for the future.
    Funded by
    mark jefferson
    In Review
    This scholarship will support one extremely ambitious African-American in their studies to become an educator for the future.
    Education level
    High School, Undergraduate
    Amount
    $2,212
    Scholarships awarded
    2 winners
    Deadline
    Jan 1, 2022
    In Review
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    Winner Announcement
    Feb 1, 2022
    1
  2. First-Generation Educators Scholarship
    Funded by
    Granston Family
    This scholarship seeks to support future K-12 educators so they can positively impact the next generation of students.
    Funded by
    Granston Family
    This scholarship seeks to support future K-12 educators so they can positively impact the next generation of students.
    Education level
    Any
    Amount
    $2,000
    Scholarships awarded
    2 winners
    Deadline
    Mar 14, 2022
    2
  3. Tim Gjoraas Science and Education Scholarship
    Funded by
    Gjoraas
    This scholarship aims to support high school and undergraduate students in South Dakota who are pursuing careers in education or science.
    Funded by
    Gjoraas
    This scholarship aims to support high school and undergraduate students in South Dakota who are pursuing careers in education or science.
    Education level
    Undergraduate, High School
    Amount
    $1,000
    Scholarships awarded
    1 winner
    Deadline
    Mar 28, 2022
    3
  4. Future Female Educators Scholarship
    Funded by
    PrivateTutoringAtHome.com
    This scholarship seeks to ensure that students who want to become teachers have the necessary funding to do so by supporting female-identifying students who are studying education.
    Funded by
    PrivateTutoringAtHome.com
    This scholarship seeks to ensure that students who want to become teachers have the necessary funding to do so by supporting female-identifying students who are studying education.
    Education level
    Any
    Amount
    $1,000
    Scholarships awarded
    1 winner every 1 year
    Next Deadline
    Apr 30, 2022
    4
  5. Andrea Tyrah DeBruhl Memorial Scholarship for Future Teachers
    Funded by
    Safe At Play Inc
    This scholarship seeks to honor the memory of Andrea Tyrah DeBruhl by promoting playground safety awareness to protect children from harm or injury.
    Funded by
    Safe At Play Inc
    This scholarship seeks to honor the memory of Andrea Tyrah DeBruhl by promoting playground safety awareness to protect children from harm or injury.
    Education level
    Undergraduate
    Amount
    $500
    Scholarships awarded
    1 winner
    Deadline
    May 25, 2022
    5
  6. Bold Future of Education Scholarship
    Funded by
    Bold.org
    This scholarship exists to support students who are passionate about making sure future generations have access to education.
    Funded by
    Bold.org
    This scholarship exists to support students who are passionate about making sure future generations have access to education.
    Education level
    Any
    Amount
    $500
    Scholarships awarded
    1 winner
    Deadline
    Mar 1, 2022
    6

About scholarships for teachers

Teachers have a vital role in the world but often face difficulties in securing their degrees due to the rising costs of college.

As a result, there are many scholarship programs for current educators and teaching students, serving as financial aid to make higher education more accessible and student debt less crippling.

Student debt crisis

As college tuition has ballooned in recent decades, so has the student loan crisis. Young educators are particularly likely to have student debt, with 65% of educators under 35 having loans as compared to 27% of those over the age of 61.

While there has been talk of forgiving the student loans of educators under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, 98% of those college graduates who applied for forgiveness have been rejected, leaving most still in debt due to their pursuit of post-secondary education.

Teachers with debt owe an average of $58,700, a hefty sum when considering that teaching isn't always the most lucrative career, with the average public school teacher earning $61,730. It's clear that many teachers are in need of financial assistance.

Effects of student debt

As a result of low salaries and high debt, many teachers struggle to get by, with some even holding second jobs. A third of young educators cite their debt as one of the reasons they're unable to buy a house, and most older educators also cite their debt as impeding their ability to save for retirement.

Why are there scholarships for teachers?

Teachers carry out an essential duty in society by broadening the minds of all of the students who pass through their classrooms and go on to pursue their own careers.

Supporting prospective teachers and making sure that current teachers have the resources they need to successfully teach is thus critical, affecting not just teachers but all of their future students.

The high costs of college have made it difficult for many future teachers to access higher education, especially those who demonstrate financial need. As a result, many donors choose to sponsor a future teacher scholarship to support the next generation of teachers and all of the minds that they'll shape throughout their careers.

How to qualify for a scholarship for teachers

Submitting a winning application requires putting time and effort into your work, especially for essay-based scholarships. With your busy life, you likely don't have any time to waste on scholarships you're not eligible for. Before taking the time to apply, follow these steps to make sure you're eligible to receive the award you're applying for. 

Be pursuing an education degree

As you may have guessed, the first step to qualifying for education scholarships is to be pursuing a teacher education program at an accredited college. Most scholarships are open to undergraduate and graduate students studying education.

Depending on the scholarship, high school students who are planning on being education majors may also be eligible, or graduates who have a teaching degree and student loans may also be eligible. Most teaching scholarships aren't specific to an area of study (e.g., early childhood education), which provides more options.

Meet any education level requirements and additional criteria

The first step in checking the rest of the scholarship criteria is to verify that you're pursuing the proper level of education for that scholarship. Some scholarships are only open to high school seniors and undergraduate students while others are open to graduate students as well.

In addition to education requirements, check all additional criteria, which will be listed in the description. These criteria can include minimum GPA requirements, volunteer experience, leadership skills, community involvement, specific field requirements, etc. Other scholarships may require you to demonstrate financial need, such as by being low-income.

Be a current educator with student loans

Most scholarships available on Bold.org are meant for current students, but there are some scholarships that graduates who have student loan debt may apply for. For these scholarships, you simply need to be a current teacher with at least one student loan to apply.

What types of scholarships are available for teachers?

There are many different types of scholarship opportunities for current and future teachers, ranging from individual need to academic achievement. Some scholarships are open to all students who are pursuing a college degree in teaching, such as an undergraduate program or a graduate degree, while other scholarships are open to high school students who are planning to pursue a career in education.

Additionally, some scholarships are geared towards students pursuing early childhood education or elementary education, while some are dedicated to future high school teachers. Certain scholarships are also looking for students to be pursuing a certain field of teaching, such as science teachers or those planning on working in special education. Here is an example of a future teachers scholarship.