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ITA Scholarship Information

There are a myriad of opportunities and sources for education-related scholarships. ITA has compiled a selection of such sources below. These sources have been obtained from various resources with the expectation that the information is accurate. We recommend you contact the scholarship source to confirm the information as it, including related dates and deadlines, can change without prior notice.

Federal Scholarship Programs

There are a number of federal grant, loan, and repayment programs available to help you finance your education. But what you may not know is that the government offers additional aid for students who want to become teachers. Here are brief descriptions of major programs. Follow the links to find detailed information about how to qualify and apply. Listed first are standard aid programs, followed by programs specifically for teachers.

Teachers Loan Forgiveness Information - Learn about four loan forgiveness programs available for teachers and how to best weigh your options.

Federal Student Aid Deferment and Forbearance- A deferment or forbearance allows you to temporarily stop making your federal student loan payments or to temporarily reduce the amount you pay.

National Board Certification and National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) - To support your pursuit of National Board Certification, a variety of organizations – including state departments, school districts, teachers unions, institutions of higher education, and educational nonprofits – offer various resources, including fee assistance and candidate support. Additionally, you have the option of connecting with networks of NBCTs across the country who can help guide your National Board journey.

Minority Teacher Recruitment
Philips Academy, Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (helping minority students seek advanced degrees for careers in teaching), offers two programs: 1) the Summer Workshop for rising seniors who intend to pursue graduate study immediately; and 2) the Associate Program for college seniors and recent graduates. Applicants must be African American, Latino or Native American.

Funds for Teachers
Fund for Teachers is a unique foundation whose mission is to enrich the lives of schoolteachers and students by providing recognition and opportunities for renewal to outstanding teachers. Making a difference one teacher at a time. Fund for Teachers awards grants directly to teachers to support professional development opportunities of their own design.

Miscellaneous Scholarships

Drone Pilot Ground School’s Drone Technology College Scholarship - will be awarded to current college or university undergraduates who demonstrate an interest in pushing the drone industry forward.

State Scholarship and/or Loan Forgiveness Programs

Alaska Teacher Education Loan Program - The Teacher Education Loan provides funding to cover education expenses for Alaska high school graduates nominated by rural school districts to pursue a degree in elementary or secondary education. Borrowers may be eligible for up to 100% forgiveness of their debt if they return to Alaska and teach in a rural area.

Arkansas Emergency Secondary Education Loan Program - The ESEL is available to students pursuing secondary education teacher licensure in an accredited Arkansas public or private college or university in the following shortage areas: math, chemistry, physics, biology, physical science, general science, special education, and/or foreign language. Merit-based scholarships are available for $2,500 per academic year, or one-half the total cost of tuition/fees, book/supplies, and room/board. Recipients must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and juniors and seniors must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their major area of study.

California Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE) - for district interns

Delaware Department of Education - Delaware citizens interested in applying for scholarships, grants and professional incentive loans to pursue a postsecondary education can apply online by accessing or creating a student account. Applicants must apply for scholarships by the published deadlines, which vary by scholarship.

Florida Student Scholarship and Grant Programs - The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) State Programs, within the Florida Department of Education, administers a variety of postsecondary educational state-funded grants and scholarships, and provides information to students, parents, and high school and postsecondary professionals.

Georgia HOPE Teacher Scholarship Program - The HOPE Teacher Scholarship Program provides forgivable loans to students seeking advanced education degrees in critical shortage fields of study. Applicants must be legal Georgia residents and admitted for regular admission into a graduate school and an advanced degree teacher education program leading to certification in a critical shortage field. Recipients are required to teach for one academic year for each $2,500 they received, with a maximum of four years to repay. Applications are available in the spring, and scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Idaho Robert C. Byrd Scholarship - This scholarship is a federally funded program awarded on the basis of merit. Its availability is contingent upon continued funding. Up to $1,500 per year is awarded, renewable for up to four years.

Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois - The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program recruits and prepares bright and talented high school graduates who represent a rich ethnic diversity for successful teaching careers in high need schools throughout Illinois and provides scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees. In exchange for successful completion of undergraduate college and a commitment to teach for five years in an Illinois school of need, Scholars receive financial assistance for four years to attend one of the 53 public and private universities across the state and take part in the summer programs that include teaching internships and enhanced teacher preparation.

Illinois Future Teacher Corps (IFTC) Program (formerly DeBolt) - Illinois residents who plan to be teachers in the state are eligible for this program. The program gives priority to those pursuing a teacher shortage discipline and/or making a commitment to teach in a hard-to-staff school, and minority students. Applicants must be residents of Illinois and be enrolled in a certification program or teacher education program.

Illinois Special Education Tuition Waiver Program - Illinois teachers or students who are pursuing a career in special education as public, private or parochial teachers are eligible for this award. This program will exempt such individuals from paying tuition and fees at an eligible institution for up to four calendar years.

Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program - Individuals of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin intending to become teachers are eligible to receive up to $5,000 annually to pursue their teacher certification. Recipients must agree to teach at an Illinois public, private, or parochial school with at least 30 percent minority enrollment for each year they receive assistance.

Indiana Financial Aid for Teachers - There are currently four different scholarships available.

Iowa College Aid - A list of available grants and scholarships for Iowa students.

Kentucky Scholarship Programs - KHEAA administers several financial aid programs for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Educators for Maine Program: Maine undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in education are applicable for loans for their studies. These are renewable loans forgiven by teaching in Maine public elementary and secondary schools upon graduation.

Maryland Higher Education Commission - numerous scholarships are available.

Mississippi State Financial Aid

Missouri Minority Teaching Scholarship - To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be a minority, a resident of the state, and must show outstanding achievement on several levels, including class rank, and outstanding performance on standardized tests. College students who have earned at least 30 credits and have maintained "B" averages are also eligible to apply. Students must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an approved teacher education program, and are required to teach in Missouri public schools for a minimum of five years after graduation.

New Hampshire Higher Education Loan Corporation (NHHELCO) - has information on local scholarships

New Mexico State University College of Education - The College of Education offers student scholarships to new and existing students who are enrolled in a program through the college. Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarships help students defray some of the costs associated in attending the university and are made possible by alumni and friends of the college. Eligibility and award amounts vary.

New Mexico Teacher Loan For Service Program - The purpose of the Teacher Loan-For-Service program is to proactively address New Mexico’s teacher shortage by providing students with the financial resources to complete or enhance their post-secondary teacher preparation education.

Teach New York City - This website offers information on a number of scholarships, grants, and forgivable loans.

The College Foundation of North Carolina - Whether you’re a student, a parent, or a school counselor, the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is your one-stop resource for information about attending college in North Carolina. This is a free service provided by the state of North Carolina to increase access to higher education.

North Dakota Grants & Scholarships

Oklahoma Future Teachers Scholarship - This scholarship may be awarded to outstanding Oklahoma students who want to teach in the areas of critical shortage. Click link to see current areas of critical shortage.

Oregon OSAC - awards more than $18 million in scholarships annually. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000 or more. You don't need to be a merit scholar or a student with financial need to apply. OSAC administers more than 500 scholarship programs

Pennsylvania State Grant Program

The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program - This program provides yearly financial support for four years to students studying to become teachers. The scholarship also provides funds for tuition and board and for summer enrichment programs. Other incentives include forgivable loans and lower interest rates on student loans to those agreeing to teach in rural or urban areas upon graduation.

The University of South Dakota - The School of Education has established a range of scholarship opportunities to recognize excellent high school achievement by first-year students and outstanding academic performance by upperclass students already in attendance at the University.

The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) - administers over 20 different state student financial aid programs, including the HOPE scholarship, Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect, Tennessee Student Assistance Award, and the Dual Enrollment grant.

Texas Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program - Texas residents enrolled at least part time at a Texas public college or university, or private nonprofit college or university are eligible to receive assistance depending upon need.

T. H. Bell Education Scholarship (for future educators) - is for those intent on entering the teaching profession in Utah. It can be used at all public or private institutions in Utah that offer an approved program.

University of Washington College of Education Scholarships - The University of Washington College of Education has numerous awards and scholarships available for graduate students who are studying education or who are studying to be teachers.

Washington Woodring College of Education Scholarships - Students from Western Washington University's Woodring College of Education are eligible for numerous awards and scholarships available through the university. All scholarships require applicants to be admitted to the Woodring College of Education teacher education programs in elementary, secondary or special education.

West Virginia Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program - Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program is a student financial aid program designed to enable and encourage students to pursue teaching careers at the pre-school, elementary, middle or secondary school level.

Wisconsin Minority Teacher Loan - The Minority Teacher Loan Program provides loans to Wisconsin resident, minority, undergraduate sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are enrolled at least half-time at a University of Wisconsin System institution or a non-profit, independent college or university in the state of Wisconsin. Students must be enrolled in programs leading to teacher licensure in a discipline identified as a teacher shortage area for the state of Wisconsin by the United States Department of Education and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher based on a 4.0 scale.

Wisconsin Teacher Education Loan Program - Wisconsin residents enrolled in the Milwaukee Teacher Education Center teacher education programs are eligible for a Teacher Education Loan. Award amounts vary. Participants must agree to teach in Milwaukee public schools. For each year of instruction, 50 percent of the loan is forgiven.

Wisconsin Teacher of the Visually Impaired Loan - Participants of this award must be enrolled in a program that prepares them to be licensed as teachers of the visually impaired or as orientation and mobility instructors. The student who participates in this program must agree to be a licensed teacher or an orientation or mobility instructor in a Wisconsin school district, the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, or a cooperative educational service agency. For each of the first two years the student teaches and meets the eligibility criteria, 25 percent of the loan is forgiven. For the third year, 50 percent is forgiven.

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