Scholarships & Financial Aid

Education Department Scholarships

Tuition scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis by the Education Department to a limited number of incoming M.A. in Education students who demonstrate the potential to make outstanding contributions to the profession.

Eligibility: 

To be considered, you must be accepted to the M.A. in Education by March 15.

Preference will be given to:
  • Applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a conferred undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • Applicants with a proven dedication to or intention to work with students in rural areas or with underrepresented populations.
  • Applicants seeking credentials in Math, Science, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, or Special Education.
  • Applicants from underrepresented populations.
  • Applicants who demonstrate a high level of financial need.
How to apply:

Students admitted to the program by March 15 will be sent instructions on how to apply.

Donald P. Timm Scholarship

Available to:

Graduate students who are degree-seeking, demonstrate financial need and maintain a minimum of 3.0 grade point average.

Provided by:

Dr. Donald P. Timm (B.A. ’52) through The Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

Amount:    

Eight to ten scholarships of up to $1,000 are available to students enrolled in the licensure year of  the program. Two to three scholarships of up to $500 are available to students who have earned their teaching license and are pursuing a Master's degree in Education.

Selected by:

Western Education Department Scholarship Selection Committee.

 Application:

Students who are accepted by March 15 will be eligible to apply.

  • The Graduate Scholarship Application Cover Sheet
  • A Word document consisting of one paragraph on how you meet the scholarship's criteria and another paragraph on what sets you apart from other candidates.
Submission:         

Graduate Student Scholarship Application form should be emailed to education@western.edu

Montrose and Delta School Districts Teaching Fellowship

Interested in serving Colorado’s rural schools? The Education Department at Western Colorado University, in partnership with Montrose and Delta County School Districts, was recently awarded a grant by the Colorado Department of Education to expand its successful residency program for teacher licensure. The grant will fund fellowships to fully cover tuition for Western’s yearlong teacher residency program. Fellowship recipients must complete their residency in schools within Montrose and Delta County School Districts, and then serve for two additional years in the partner districts as a teacher of record. Preference will be given to applicants who pursue teaching licenses in STEM, special education, and other areas of identified need within Montrose and Delta.

Review of fellowship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will begin April 15th and conclude June 15th. Please contact Deanna Banker (dbanker@western.edu) with any questions.

How to apply:

  • Complete the online application for the Montrose and Delta School Districts Teaching Fellowship
  • Interested applicants must also be admitted to Western’s Teacher Residency Program

Exceptional Resident Award

Eligibility 

Exceptional Residents are those students seeking licensure who stand out as promising teachers. Candidates for the award should exhibit the following criteria:

  • Shows respect for differences and a commitment to serving all students regardless of their race, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, cognitive ability, gender, or sexuality.
  • Demonstrates a growth mindset in the face of challenges and responds constructively to feedback. Shows willingness to reflect upon practice.
  • Goes above and beyond to builds strong relationships with students, parents, colleagues, and the local community. Is supportive and positive when interacting with others.
  • Exhibits curiosity and is innovative in lesson design and delivery.
  • Shows a willingness to try new things and to thoughtfully assess their effectiveness.
  • Demonstrates leadership by taking initiative to be part of the school team. For example, shares strategies and ideas learned in Western courses with mentor and other colleagues in a constructive manner.
Description

The Education Department at Western has a tradition of preparing quality educators to serve the needs of diverse students, communities, and school districts in Colorado and beyond. The Department shares a belief that great teachers are collaborative, thoughtful, responsive, and committed to ensuring educational equity. Such teachers exude compassion and respect. This award is intended to recognize those residents who exemplify these qualities and embody the Department's highest ideals of excellence in the classroom.

Amount

The scholarship is for $1000 that is only to be used for graduate school in Western’s Education program. 

Selection 

The selection team consists of Clinical Coaches and the Director of Educator Licensure, but feedback is solicited from mentor teachers, regional coordinators and other instructors. 

External Grants & Scholarships

Many external grants and scholarships are available to educators.  By visiting one of the following links, you will be taken to a website that is not affiliated with Western. Western is not responsible for and does not endorse, guarantee or monitor content, availability, viewpoints, products or services that are offered or expressed on other websites.

ACS-HACH SECOND CAREER TEACHER SCHOLARSHIP

The ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship is awarded to professionals in the chemistry field pursuing a Masters degree in education or becoming certified as a chemistry/science teacher.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (AAUW)

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. 

THE AMERICAN INDIAN GRADUATE CENTER SCHOLARS (AIGC)

The AIGC fellowship program provides approximately $1,200,000 in fellowships to over 375 Native American and Alaska Native graduate students each year. Graduate fellowships are monetary awards made to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate or professional degree-seeking students, who meet all eligibility criteria.

CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE (CHCI)-SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

The mission of CHCI Scholarship Program is to provide critical financial assistance that will increase graduation rates among Latino students in post-secondary education. 

Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowship

Applicant must be a woman, elementary or secondary public school teacher, U.S. citizen, dedicated to improving educational opportunities for women of all ages, presently employed with at least three years full-time teaching experience, and planning to continue teaching for the next three years. Award supports professional development for teachers, educational opportunities for girls, and advancement of gender equity in the classroom, school, or district.

JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarships are designed to encourage and support outstanding students from 7th grade through graduate school who have a breadth of interests, work hard, demonstrate a strong will to succeed, and have financial need.

LA UNIDAD LATINA FOUNDATION, INC.

The La Unidad Latina Foundation was established in 1999 to serve as an independent, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to educational achievement and civic empowerment in the Latino community. 

MILLENNIUM MOMENTUM FOUNDATION, INC. – BEST & THE BRIGHTEST SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

In an effort to offset the financial burden associated with funding a quality college education, Millennium Momentum Foundation Inc., awards academic scholarships to aspiring undergraduate and graduate college students pursuing careers in public service related fields. 

THE NEA FOUNDATION

The NEA Foundation provides grants to support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP)

Each year the NAACP, through generous donations, is able to provide scholarships to outstanding students.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CAMPUS ACTIVITIES (NACA)

The NACA Foundation offers numerous scholarships that are available to graduate students, undergraduate student leaders and associate members on an annual basis. 

P.E.O. INTERNATIONAL PEACE SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.

PAT TILLMAN FOUNDATION, TILLMAN MILITARY SCHOLARS

The Pat Tillman Foundation is a national leader in providing resources and educational scholarship support to veterans, active service-members and their spouses. 

THE PAUL & DAISY SOROS FELLOWSHIPS FOR NEW AMERICANS

The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. 

SCHOOLS FIRST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, HIGHER EDUCATION LOAN

Pursuing an advanced degree is a time-consuming and often costly challenge, but essential to your professional career advancement. To support Schools First FCU Members as they pursue degrees in master’s or doctorate programs, we’ve developed our Higher Education Loan. This loan can be used to cover tuition and other costs incurred while completing an advanced degree.

UNCF

The UNCF Program Services Department manages various scholarship programs. Each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates and required documentation. 

BARBARA BUSH FOUNDATION FOR FAMILY LITERACY 

The goal of this program is to develop and expand family literacy efforts nationwide and to support the development of literacy programs that build families of readers.

BRAITMAYER FOUNDATION 

Supports organizations and programs from across the US which enhance the education of K-12 children.

CLASSROOM CONNECTION 

Classroom Connection is a teacher networking program that recognizes and rewards exemplary teaching in classrooms. It is sponsored by Xcel Energy Foundation and is available to teachers throughout the service territory of Xcel Energy.

JORDAN FUNDAMENTALS GRANTS 

Grants are awarded to teachers or paraprofessionals who work with public school students in grades six through twelve who also demonstrate instructional creativity and exemplify high learning expectations for economically disadvantaged students.

NEA FOUNDATION FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF EDUCATION (NEA) 

NEA supports a variety of programs for teachers, education support personnel, and higher education faculty and staff to improve student learning in the nation's public schools.

VERIZON FOUNDATION 

The Verizon Foundation concentrates its grant-making in several distinct priority funding areas. These include literacy, digital divide, women and economic development, people with disabilities, education/scholarships and community development

TEACHING SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

Loans

Candidates taking five or more credits may apply for federal loans and may be eligible for repayment or loan forgiveness programs:

IBR Info (Income-Based Repayment)

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

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