External Scholarships for Educators

If you are applying for a needs-based scholarship, remember to file a FAFSA in order to determine your eligibility. 

Educator Retooling Program: For Current Teachers to Add an Endorsement

The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) has funding available to support teachers to add the following endorsements:

  • Elementary Education
  • English Language Learners
  • Special Education
  • Secondary Mathematics
  • Any Secondary Science area
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth and Space Science
    • Physics
  • Middle Level Math
  • Middle Level Science

Amount awarded: Each candidate is allowed up to $3,000 per scholarship, per fiscal year.

Duration: One year

Application Deadline: Three application deadlines every year. See PESB website for more information.

Funding for this program is through the Conditional Loan Scholarship program. The conditional scholarship is a loan that is forgiven for teaching service (in the added endorsement area) in a Washington state K-12 public school. The state shall forgive the loan obligation entirely if the recipient teaches in the shortage area endorsement area in a Washington state public school for two years. Educators will need to submit complete application materials to be considered for an award.

Funding supports Washington certified teachers in adding an eligible endorsement to their certificate through Pathway 1, 2, or 3. For information on the various Pathways to Add an Endorsement visit http://www.pesb.wa.gov/educators/pathways. Funds may be used to pay for endorsement test (WEST-E), university administration for the pedagogy assessment, and tuition for coursework.

Learn more and apply.

The Rachel Royston Permanent Scholarship Foundation

The Rachel Royston Permanent Scholarship Foundation supports scholarships for women educators working on post-baccalaureate studies in the field of education at a nationally or regionally accredited college or university and who are bona fide residents of Washington state.

Amount Awarded: Varies. Awards support program tuition, fees, books and some supplies.

Application Deadline: Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are closed. Applications for 2020-2021 will be available in August 2019.

Criteria for Selection: Awards are available for new and continuing women educators who are Washington state residents and working on post-baccalaureate studies in the field of education. Membership in Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is not a requirement. Successful finalists will show evidence of scholarship, professional service, potential for future service in education and promise of distinction.

New applicants need to submit a resume, the two-page signed application form, an essay, three letters of recommendation and an official, sealed transcript. Please direct questions about the scholarship and correspondence if you are re-applying to: Annamarie Lavieri by email or phone: (360) 638-1088.

Learn more.

TEACH Grants

The federal government offers grants of up to $4,000 per year for students seeking a master’s degree in teaching. Interested students MUST agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. At this time, high-need fields are

  • bilingual education and English language acquisition,
  • foreign language,
  • mathematics,
  • reading specialist,
  • science, and
  • special education, as well as
  • any other field that has been identified as high-need by the federal government, a state government, or a local education agency, and that is included in the annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing (Nationwide List).Recipients must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant. Eligible students must meet the following criteria:
    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
    • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
    • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student in a postsecondary educational institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program.
    • Be enrolled in course work that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such course work. Such course work may include subject area courses (e.g., math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher).
    • Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25).
    • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve

Learn more and apply.

AAUW Career Development Grants

AAUW’s Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce.   

Grants provide support for course work beyond a bachelor’s degree, including a master’s degree, second bachelor’s degree, certification program, or specialized training in technical or professional fields. Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation, and dependent care.

Amount Awarded: $2,000 - $12,000

Application Deadline: December 15

Criteria for Selection: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents whose last degree was received before June 30, 2010.    

Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

Course work must be taken at an accredited college or university in the United States or at a technical school that is fully licensed or accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.

Funds are not available for doctorate-level work.

Learn more and apply.

Aspire-Canada Scholarships

Aspire-Canada scholarships are open to both U.S. and Canadian residents. Scholarships are awarded the September following the May deadline. 

Amount Awarded: $500 - $1,000

Criteria for Selection: Applicants must be full-time students in good academic standing. Applicants may be either U.S. or Canadian residents.

Learn more and apply.

Japanese American Citizen League (JACL) Scholarships

The Japanese American Citizens League Seattle Chapter (JACL) offers 3 scholarships available to those pursuing degrees in education. Applicants must be of Japanese ancestry OR an individual member of the Seattle JACL OR actively involved with the Japanese American Community.

Elaine Reiko Akagi Scholarship Application

Open to students studying to become teachers wtih additional consideration given to students of color and/or individuals going into the field of Special Education. 

Amount Awarded: $3,000

Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019

Criteria for Selection: Applicant must have declared a major in Education (Teaching) re a related field and a minimum 2.5 GPA. This opportunity is open to both graduate and undergraduate students.

Cherry And Mas Kinoshita Scholarship Application

Available to students who plan to pursue a career in education, political science, law, journalism, or Asian American Studies.

Amount Awarded: $2,000

Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019

Minoru Tamesa and/or Bunshiro Tazuma Scholarship Application

Amount Awarded: $2,000

Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019

Criteria for Selection: Key consideration will be given to how the applicant has demonstrated involvement with the Japanese American community and how closely they demonstrate the moral ethics of Minoru Tamesa and/or Bunshiro Tazuma.

Mobility Scooters Direct Scholarship Program

Amount Awarded: $1,000

Application Deadline: December 10th each year

Criteria for Selection: Eligible candidates must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 hours graduate credit, have taken at least 10 graduate credit hours, be able to demonstrate involvement on campus or in the community, and have a 3.0 GPA or higher. 

To apply, visit the Mobility Scooters Direct website

Bright Futures Scholarship through Bright Horizons

Amount Awarded: $250 - $1,000

Criteria for Selection: Full-time students pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education or related field

Awarded annually.  Check back for the 2019 application:  https://jobs.brighthorizons.com/bright-futures


Additional Scholarships

Future Innovator Scholarship

Amount Awarded:  $1,000

Criteria for Selection:  Open to undergraduate or graduate students who have given back to their communities as a mentor, worked with a charity, or participated on a humanitarian trip.

Deadline:  Mid-August

Check back for the 2019 application:  https://studysoup.com/scholarships/future-innovator