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15 Scholarships and Grants to Help Ease Your Transition into the Classroom
Teachers—especially those serving in under-resourced communities—can quality for a myriad of scholarships and grants offered through a variety of programs that open up opportunities for additional professional development and certification. Some of these can also help offset costs for classroom supplies and field trips, for which many teachers pay out of their own pocket.
We’ve compiled a list of 15 national and state scholarships and grants that offer unique incentives for keeping high-quality teachers serving in communities that need them most.
Some grants and scholarships require you to teach beyond your two-year commitment as a Teach For America corps member. Be sure to read all requirements and conditions on each program’s website and contact each specific program for more information.
101 Scholarships Just For Teachers
The 101 Scholarships Just For Teachers website offers a fairly exhaustive list of scholarships that teachers can apply for.
Children For Children: Teacher's Aid Program
Children For Children's Teachers' Aid Program (TAP) awards grants to teachers who serve in severely under-resourced communities. Grants typically range from a few hundred dollars to $1,500.
Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program
For U.S. teachers, the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program involves a year, semester, or six-week-long direct exchange of teaching positions with a counterpart in another country teaching the same subject and level.
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation: Teacher Resource Grants
Teacher Resource Grants provide funding to teachers who need additional resources for classroom materials, projects, and field trips.Grants focus on enhancing conservation science, arts, and special education projects.
Target Field Trip Grant
The Target Field Trip Grant program awards grants for teachers to fund educational field trips. Target will award 5,000 grants of up to $800 each for the upcoming school year.
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to college students who intend to teach in public or private elementary or secondary schools that serve students from low-income families.
Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) Founder's Award
The TAP Founder's Award will be awarded each year to a school demonstrating exceptional implementation of the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP). The Award comes with a $50,000 cash prize for the school to use to help achieve its TAP goals in subsequent school years.
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program
The Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program offers elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, and science teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching an opportunity to serve in the national public policy arena. Fellows provide practical insight in establishing and operating education programs.
Toyota International Teacher Programs
The Toyota International Teacher Programs are fully funded international professional development opportunities for educators interested in advancing environmental stewardship through the teaching of interdisciplinary, solution-centered approaches to environmental issues.
Troops to Teachers
The Troops to Teachers program is designed to assist separating or retiring military personnel in pursuing a career in public education (elementary, secondary, or vocational). Troops to Teachers will reimburse the cost of earning a teaching credential up to a maximum of $5,000. In return for this assistance, the participant agrees to teach for three years in an economically disadvantaged school district.
US Department of Education: Teaching Ambassador Fellowship
The Teaching Ambassador Fellowship offers two separate year-long tracks:
- Washington Fellows: Serve as paid full-time federal employees in Washington, DC, for one school year. Fellows are placed in positions within the Department of Education to work on education policy development.
- Classroom Fellows: Serve their regular teaching contracts with their districts, and are paid to perform additional Fellowship duties for the Department of Education for one school year.
Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver
College students and teachers interested in pursuing a career teaching special education in the state of Illinois may be eligible for the Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program. This program will exempt you from paying tuition and mandatory fees at an eligible institution, for up to four calendar years.
New York Teachers of Tomorrow
The Teachers of Tomorrow (TOT) program recruits and retains well-prepared, highly motivated certified classroom teachers who serve in high-needs schools in NYC. The TOT incentive program provides up to $3,400 of annual tax-free grants to teachers employed in NYC public schools who dedicate themselves to the students in these schools.
Teach Maryland Incentives
Maryland has multiple financial incentive programs for teachers, including:
- National Board Certification: A stipend of up to $2,000 a year is available as a dollar-for-dollar match to local school systems for teachers who earn certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
- Reconstitution/Reconstitution-Eligible/Challenge School Stipend: A $2,000 stipend is available for classroom teachers who hold an Advanced Professional Certificate and work in schools identified by the State Board of Education as challenge, reconstitution-eligible, or reconstituted schools. Teachers must also have a satisfactory performance rating.
All Maryland teachers are eligible for an annual $1,500 tuition tax credit designed to offset graduate tuition expenses necessary to maintain teaching certification.
Texas Teacher Quality Grant Program
The Teacher Quality Grants Program (TQGP) provides grants to higher education institutions to promote improved instruction in mathematics and science for Texas school children by providing professional development for their teachers.
Virginia Tuition Assistance for Early Childhood Special Educators
The Virginia Tuition Assistance for Early Childhood Special Educators program provides tuition reimbursement for full-time paraprofessionals working in early childhood special education programs while enrolled in undergraduate or graduate courses related to special education areas.
Find more information on managing your finances as a corps member on our Salary, Benefits & Aid page.