1 How to Pay for Your Degree in Education & Related Fields Fifth Edition Gail Ann Schlachter R. David Weber Detailed Descriptions of Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, Awards, and Other Funding Programs Set Aside to Support Study, Training, Research, and Creative Activities for Students Working on a Degree in Education or a Related Field. Plus, a Set of Six Indexes: Sponsor, Residency, Tenability, Specialty, Diversity, and Deadline. Reference Service Press El Dorado Hills, California
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3 Contents Introduction Why this directory is needed What s included What s excluded Sample entry What s updated How the directory is organized How to use the directory Plans to update the directory Other related publications Acknowledgements About the Authors Funding for Students Working on a Degree in Education & Related Fields Undergraduates Graduate Students Indexes Sponsoring Organization Index Residency Index Tenability Index Specialty Index Diversity Index Calendar Index
4 Introduction WHY THIS DIRECTORY IS NEEDED Are you planning to get an undergraduate or graduate degree in education or a related field? Congratulations. You have made a wise decision. Not only will you find a career in education personally and intellectually challenging, but you will also find it financially rewarding as well. According to the American Federation of Teachers, the average teacher salary is nearly $50,000 (for nine months of work). And, your timing is good. Employment for teachers over the next ten years is expected to grow by 13 percent, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. Getting your degree in education or related fields, however, is expensive. It can cost $100,000 or more just to complete a bachelor s degree, and that amount or more for a master s and doctoral degree. That s more than most students can afford to pay on their own. Fortunately, hundreds of financial aid programs, representing billions of dollars, are available to help undergraduate and graduate students prepare for a career in education. How can students find out about this funding? In the past, general financial aid directories haven t offered much assistance. For example, Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loans (published by Gale Cengage) and Chronicle Financial Aid Guide (published by Chronicle Guidance) just scratch the surface, identifying only a few dozen of the hundreds of available funding opportunities. And, the handful of publications that have focused specifically on financial aid for students in the field of education tend to be either out of date or limited in scope. As a result, many students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in education or related fields (along with the counselors and librarians trying to serve them) have been unaware of the hundreds of scholarships, fellowships, forgivable loans, grants, and awards available specifically to them. That s why this updated edition of How to Pay for Your Degree in Education & Related Fields is so important. Here, in just one place, you ll be able to find detailed information on 900+ scholarships, fellowships, forgivable loans, grants, awards, and other funding opportunities available to support undergraduate and graduate study and research in any aspect of education, ranging from preschool teaching to school librarianship and special education. The funding opportunities included here have been carefully selected. Only the biggest and the best made the cut! And, best of all, not one of these programs requires you to pay back any money (provided, of course, you meet the program requirements). How to Pay for Your Degree in Education & Related Fields has been designed so that you can easily scan through a wide array of funding programs set aside specifically to support study, research, and creative activities for both undergraduate and graduate students. There s no other listing, in print or online, that s as current or extensive as this. That s why the National Teacher Recruitment Clearinghouse calls it one of the most "useful resources about financial aid opportunities" and, in the view of DANTES Information Bulletin, it not only provides the most "comprehensive coverage of educationrelated funding opportunities, but also it offers the most informative program descriptions." WHAT S INCLUDED? How to Pay for Your Degree in Education & Related Fields, is unlike any other financial aid listing. Not only does it offer the most extensive listing of education-related funding opportunities (more than 930 entries), but it also offers the most detailed description of each program (on the average, twice the information found in any other source). 5
5 6 INTRODUCTION In addition, only funding set aside for high school seniors, high school graduates, current college students, returning college students, and graduate students working on a degree in an education-related field is included. If a program doesn t support study, training, research, or creative activities specifically for these students, it is not covered here. Third, only the biggest and best funding programs are described in this book. To be included here, a program has to offer students in education or related fields at least $1,000 per year. Many funding programs listed in the book go way beyond that, paying up to $20,000 or more annually, or covering the full cost of college attendance. Fourth, you can take the money awarded to any number of schools. Unlike other financial aid directories, which often list funding opportunities available only to students enrolled at one specific school, all of the entries in this book are "portable" (can be taken to any number of schools). Another plus: many of the programs listed here have never been covered in other financial aid directories. So, even if you have checked elsewhere, you will want to look at How to Pay for Your Degree in Education & Related Fields for additional leads. Fifth, unlike other funding directories, which tend to follow a straight alphabetical arrangement, this one divides entries by educational level (undergraduates and graduate students), to help you target your search for appropriate programs. The same convenience is offered in the indexes, where sponsoring organization, geographic focus, subject, diversity, and deadline date entries specifically identify opportunities for either undergraduate or graduate students. Further, we have tried to anticipate all the ways you might wish to search for funding. We ve organized the volume so you can identify programs not only by educational level, but by program title, educationrelated specialty, sponsor, residency requirements, where the money can be spent, applicant diversity characteristics, and even deadline date. Plus, we ve included all the information you ll need to decide if a program is right for you: purpose, eligibility requirements, financial data, duration, special features, limitations, number awarded, and application date. You even get fax numbers, toll-free numbers, addresses, and web sites (when available), along with complete contact information. Finally, we ve included all types of "free money" in our listing: Scholarships. Programs that support studies and related activities at the undergraduate level in the United States. Usually no return of service or repayment is required. Fellowships. Programs that support studies and related activities at the graduate level in the United States. Usually no return of service or repayment is required. Grants. Programs that provide funding to support innovative efforts, creative activities, or research at any level (from undergraduate to postdoctorate and professional) in the United States. Usually no return of service or repayment is required. Awards. Competitions, prizes, and honoraria granted in recognition of personal accomplishments, research results, creative writing, or other achievements. Prizes received solely as the result of entering contests are excluded. Forgivable loans. Loans that convert to scholarships or fellowships. This money does not need to be repaid, provided the recipient meets specified service or other program requirements. WHAT S EXCLUDED? The focus of How to Pay for Your Degree in Education & Related Fields is on portable programs aimed specifically at high school seniors, high school graduates, current college students, returning college students, and entering or continuing graduate students interested in working on a degree in education or related fields at any school in the United States. While the directory is intended to be the most current and comprehensive source of information on available funding, there are some programs we ve specifically excluded from the listing:
6 INTRODUCTION 7 SAMPLE ENTRY DEFINITION (1)  (2) BARBARA LOTZE SCHOLARSHIP FOR FUTURE TEACHERS (3) American Association of Physics Teachers Attn: Programs Department One Physics Ellipse College Park, MD (301) Fax: (301) Web: (4) Summary To provide financial assistance to high school seniors or currently-enrolled college students interested in preparing for a career as a high school physics teacher. (5) Eligibility This program is open to high school seniors, high school graduates, and current undergraduate students enrolled in or planning to enter a physics teacher preparation program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Along with their application, they must submit a letter explaining why they should be considered for this scholarship. Financial need is not considered in the selection process. (6) Financial data The stipend is $2,000 per year. (7) Duration 1 year; may be renewed for up to 3 additional years. (8) Additional information This scholarship was first awarded in (9) Number awarded Up to 3 each year. (10) Deadline January of each year. (1) Entry number: Consecutive number assigned to the references and used to index the entry. (2) Program title: Title of scholarship, fellowship, loan, forgivable loan, grant, or award. (3) Sponsoring organization: Name, address, and telephone number, toll-free number, fax number, e- mail address, and/or web site (when information was supplied) for organization sponsoring the program. (4) Purpose: Identifies the major program requirements; read the rest of the entry for additional detail. (5) Eligibility: Qualifications required of applicants and factors considered in the selection process. Remember: don t apply if you don t qualify! (6) Financial data: Financial details of the program, including fixed sum, average amount, or range of funds offered, expenses for which funds may and may not be applied, and cash-related benefits supplied (e.g., room and board). (7) Duration: Period for which support is provided; renewal prospects. (8) Additional information: Any benefits, features, restrictions, or limitations (generally nonmonetary) associated with the program. (9) Number of awards: Total number of recipients each year or other specified period. (10) Deadline: The month by which applications must be submitted.
7 8 INTRODUCTION Programs not focused on education or related fields: Only funding opportunities set aside specifically for education or related fields are described here. If you are looking for money to support study, training, research, or creative activities in other, or broader, subject areas, check out the list of Reference Service Press s award-winning directories on the inside of the front cover, especially Kaplan Scholarships (if you are interested in an undergraduate degree) or Money for Graduate Students in the Social & Behavioral Sciences (if you are interested in a master s or doctoral degree). If you want information on general federal aid, go online to To find out about the general financial aid opportunities that your state offers to undergraduate and graduate students, click on the appropriate link in the state funding directory on Reference Service Press s web site: Programs that do not accept applications from U.S. citizens or residents: If a funding opportunity is open only to foreign nationals or excludes Americans from applying, it is not covered here. Programs that do not award funds specifically to help students pay for their degree: While financial aid programs available to students working on a degree related to education are covered extensively in this directory, work-related opportunities (e.g., cooperative education, internships) are excluded unless as part of their compensation students receive scholarships, grants, or other college funding. To find out about paid and unpaid work experience programs, use a source like Peterson s Internships directory. School-based programs: The directory identifies portable programs ones that can be used at any number of schools. Financial aid administered by individual schools solely for the benefit of their incoming or continuing students is not covered. Write directly to or visit the Internet sites of the schools you are considering to get information on their offerings. Money for study outside the United States: Since there are comprehensive and up-to-date directories that describe available funding for study and research abroad (see Financial Aid for Research and Creative Activities Abroad and Financial Aid for Study and Training Abroad, both published by Reference Service Press), only programs that support study or research in the United States are covered here. Very restrictive programs: In general, programs are excluded if they are open only to a limited geographic area (less than an entire state), are available to a very limited membership group (e.g., a local union or a tightly targeted organization), or offer limited financial support (under $1,000). Programs that did not respond to our research inquiries: Programs are included in How to Pay for Your Degree in Education & Related Fields only if we were able to obtain up-to-date information about the funding from their sponsors. Despite our best efforts (described below), some organizations did not supply information and, consequently, are not described in this edition. WHAT S UPDATED? The preparation of each new edition of How to Pay for Your Degree in Education & Related Fields involves extensive updating and revision. To make sure that the information included here is both reliable and current, the editors at Reference Service Press 1) updated all relevant programs currently in our funding database and 2) searched exhaustively for new program leads in a variety of sources, including directories, news reports, annual reports, and sites on the Internet. Since we only include program descriptions that are written directly from information supplied by the sponsoring organization or posted on their web sites (no information is ever taken from secondary sources), we sent up to four collection letters (followed by up to three telephone inquiries, if necessary) to each sponsor identified in the
8 INTRODUCTION 9 process. Despite our best efforts, however, some sponsoring organizations still failed to respond and, as a result, their programs are not included in this edition of the directory. The edition of How to Pay for Your Degree in Education & Related Fields completely revises and updates the previous (fourth) edition. Programs that have ceased operation have been dropped. Similarly, programs that have broadened their scope and no longer focus on education-related fields have also been removed. Profiles of continuing programs have been rewritten to reflect current requirements; more than 75 percent of the continuing programs reported subsequent changes in their locations, deadlines, or benefits since In addition, more than 320 new entries have been added. The result is a listing of more than 930 scholarships, fellowships, forgivable loans, grants, awards, and other sources of "free" money available to students working on a degree in education or related fields. HOW THE DIRECTORY IS ORGANIZED How to Pay for Your Degree in Education & Related Fields is divided into two sections: 1) a detailed list of funding opportunities open to students working on an undergraduate or graduate degree in education or related fields and 2) a set of indexes to help you pinpoint available funding programs. Funding for Students Working on a Degree in Education and Related Fields. The first section of the directory describes 939 scholarships, fellowships, forgivable loans, grants, and awards for students working on an undergraduate or graduate degree in education or related fields. The programs listed are sponsored by more than 500 different federal and state government agencies, professional organizations, foundations, educational associations, and military/veterans organizations. All facets of education are covered, including preschool, elementary, secondary, vocational, physical education, special education, educational administration, school librarianship, etc. The focus is on programs tenable in the United States that are open to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. To help you tailor your search, the entries in this section are grouped into two main categories: Undergraduates. Described here are 492 funding opportunities that support undergraduate study, training, research, or creative activities in education and related fields. These programs are open to high school seniors, high school graduates, currently-enrolled college students, and students returning to college after an absence. Money is available to support these students in any type of postsecondary institution, ranging from technical schools and community colleges to major universities. Graduate Students. Described here are 447 funding opportunities that support post-baccalaureate study, training, research, and creative activities in education and related fields. Funding is available for all graduate-level degrees: master s, doctoral, and professional. Entries in each of these subsections appear alphabetically by program title. Each program entry has been designed to provide a concise profile that, as the sample on page 7 illustrates, includes information (when available) on organization address and telephone numbers (including fax and toll-free numbers), address and web site, purpose, eligibility, money awarded, duration, special features, limitations, number of awards, and application deadline. Indexes. To help you find the aid you need, we have constructed six indexes; these will let you access the listed funding by sponsoring organization, residency, tenability, specialty, diversity characteristics, and deadline date. These indexes use a word-by-word alphabetical arrangement. Note: numbers in the index refer to entry numbers, not to page numbers in the book. Sponsoring Organization Index. This index makes it easy to identify agencies that offer funding to students working on an undergraduate or graduate degree in education or related fields. More than 500 sponsoring organizations are listed alphabetically, word by word. In addition, we ve used a code to help you identify which student group is supported by the funding programs sponsored by these organizations: undergraduates or graduate students.
9 10 INTRODUCTION Residency Index. Some programs listed in this book are restricted to residents of a particular geographic location. Others are open to students wherever they live. This index helps you identify programs available only to residents in your area as well as programs that have no residency restrictions. Tenability Index. Some programs in this book can be used only in specific cities, counties, states, or regions. Others may be used anywhere in the United States (or even abroad). Use this index to find out what programs are available to support your studies in a particular geographic area. Specialty Index. Refer to this index when you want to identify funding opportunities for undergraduate or graduate students working on a degree in a specific aspect of education (e.g., secondary school teaching, school librarianship, educational administration, special education). Diversity Index. Most of the programs established to fund studies in education or related field are open to students of any ethnicity, physical condition, gender, or sexual orientation. But, because diversity is an important goal for the field, some funding opportunities have been created specifically to encourage ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, men, and GLBT students to enter the profession. To identify those programs, turn to the Diversity Index, which is arranged by degree level (undergraduate and graduate students) and subdivided by the applicant characteristics that can contribute to a more diverse profession: ethnicity, disability status, gender, and sexual orientation. Keep in the mind that only programs that focus specifically on education and related fields are listed in this directory and, therefore, indexed here. If you are interested in identifying more general aid available to these groups, there are several other resources available to help you with that: 1) for minorities, see the four-volume Minority Funding Set published by Reference Service Press, which lists thousands of programs available to African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans; 2) for persons with disabilities, check out Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families, also published by Reference Service Press, which identifies more than 1,200 opportunities representing billions of dollars in aid; and 3) for GLBT students: go to the LGBT Scholarship Directory, which is available as a free download at Calendar Index. Since most financial aid programs have specific deadline dates, some may have closed by the time you begin to look for funding. You can use the Calendar Index to identify which programs are still open. This index is arranged by student group (undergraduates and graduate students) and divided by month during which the deadline falls. Filing dates can and quite often do vary from year to year; consequently, the dates in this index should be viewed only as approximations after HOW TO USE THE DIRECTORY Here are some tips to help you get the most out of the financial aid listings in How to Pay for Your Degree in Education & Related Fields: To Locate Funding by Educational Level. If you want to get an overall picture of the kind of funding that is available to support either undergraduates or graduate students in education and related fields, turn to the appropriate category in the first section of the guide and browse through the listings there. To Find Information on a Particular Financial Aid Program. If you know the name and degree focus of a particular financial aid program, you can go directly to the appropriate category in the first section of the directory, where you ll find program profiles arranged alphabetically by title. To Browse Quickly Through the Listings. Look at the listings in the student group that relates to you (undergraduates or graduate students) and read the "Summary" field in each entry. In seconds, you ll know if this is an opportunity that might apply to you. If it is, read the rest of the information in the entry to make sure you meet all of the program requirements before writing or going online for an application form. Remember: don t apply if you don t qualify! To Locate Financial Aid Programs Sponsored by a Particular Organization. The Sponsoring Organization Index makes it easy to determine which groups are providing funding to undergraduate and graduate students working on a degree related to education (more than 500 are listed here) and to
10 INTRODUCTION 11 identify specific financial aid programs offered by a particular sponsor. Each entry number in the index is coded to indicate student group supported, to help you target appropriate entries. To Locate Financial Aid Based on Residency or Where You Want to Study. Use the Residency Index to identify funding that has been set aside to support applicants from your area. If you are looking for funding to support studies in a particular city, county, state, or region, turn to the Tenability Index. Both of these indexes are subdivided by student group (undergraduates and graduate students), to help you focus your search. When using these indexes, always check the listings under the term "United States," since the programs indexed there have no geographic restrictions and can be used by students in any area. To Locate Financial Aid for Study or Research in a Specific Aspect of Education. Turn to the Specialty Index first if you are interested in identifying available funding in a specific area related to education, ranging from educational administration to reading and school librarianship. As part of your search, be sure to check the listings in the index under the heading "Education;" the programs indexed there support studies in any aspect of education (although they may be restricted in other ways). Each index entry indicates whether the funding is available to undergraduates or to graduate students. To Locate Funding Programs Designed to Encourage Diversity in Education or Related Fields. If you want to know which funding opportunities in this directory are aimed specifically at minorities, persons with disabilities, males, or GLBT students, turn to the Diversity Index. There, you ll find access to appropriate programs by degree level and diversity characteristics. To Locate Financial Aid by Deadline Date. If you are working with specific time constraints and want to weed out financial aid programs whose filing dates you won t be able to meet, turn first to the Calendar Index and check the program references listed under the appropriate group (undergraduate and graduate students) and month. To identify every relevant financial aid program, regardless of filing dates, go to the first section and read through all the entries in the chapter that matches your degree level (undergraduates or graduate students). PLANS TO UPDATE THE DIRECTORY This volume, covering , is the fifth edition of How to Pay for Your Degree in Education & Related Fields. The next edition will cover the years and will be released by mid OTHER RELATED PUBLICATIONS How to Pay for Your Degree in Education & Related Fields is one of a dozen financial aid titles published by Reference Service Press that deal with specific subject areas, including How to Pay for Your Degree in Library/Information Studies and Money for Graduate Students in the Social & Behavioral Sciences. For more information on these and other award-winning financial aid directories, you can 1) write to Reference Service Press s marketing department at 5000 Windplay Drive, Suite 4, El Dorado Hills, CA ; 2) call us at (916) ; 3) fax us at (916) ; 4) send us an message at or 5) visit our web site: ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS A debt of gratitude is owed all the organizations that contributed information to this edition of How to Pay for Your Degree in Education & Related Fields. Their generous cooperation has helped to make the fifth edition of this publication a current and comprehensive survey of available funding.
11 ABOUT THE AUTHORS Dr. Gail Ann Schlachter has worked for more than three decades as a library administrator, a library educator, and an administrator of library-related publishing companies. Among the reference books to her credit are the biennially-issued College Student s Guide to Merit and Other No-Need Funding (named by Choice as one of the outstanding reference titles of the year) and two award-winning bibliographic guides: Minorities and Women: A Guide to Reference Literature in the Social Sciences (which also was chosen as an "Outstanding Reference Book of the Year" by Choice) and Reference Sources in Library and Information Services (which won the first Knowledge Industry Publications "Award for Library Literature"). She was the reference book review editor for RQ (now Reference and User Services Quarterly) for 10 years, is a past president of the American Library Association s Reference and User Services Association, is the former editor-inchief of the Reference and User Services Association Quarterly, and recently was elected to her fifth term on the American Library Association s governing council. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to reference service, Dr. Schlachter has been named the University of Wisconsin School of Library and Information Studies "Alumna of the Year" and has been awarded both the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Citation and the Louis Shores/Oryx Press Award. Dr. R. David Weber taught history and economics at Los Angeles Harbor College (in Wilmington, California) for many years and continues to teach history as an emeritus professor. During his years of full-time teaching there, and at East Los Angeles College, he directed the Honors Program and was frequently chosen the "Teacher of the Year." He is the author of a number of criticallyacclaimed reference works, including Dissertations in Urban History and the three-volume Energy Information Guide. With Gail Schlachter, he is the author of Reference Service Press s award-winning High School Senior s Guide to Merit and Other No-Need Funding and a number of other financial aid titles, including Financial Aid for Veterans, Military Personnel, and Their Families and Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families, which was selected as one of the "Best Reference Books of the Year" by Library Journal.
12 How to Pay for Your Degree in Education & Related Fields Undergraduates Graduate Students
13 Undergraduates Listed alphabetically by program title are 492 scholarships, grants, forgivable loans, awards, and other free money that can be used to support undergraduate study, training, research, and creative activities in education or a related field. All areas of education are covered, ranging from preschool teaching and school librarianship to the specialties of physical and special education.
14 UNDERGRADUATES 17  AFCEA DISTANCE LEARNING/ONLINE SCHOLARSHIPS Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Attn: AFCEA Educational Foundation 4400 Fair Lakes Court Fairfax, VA (703) Toll Free: (800) , ext Fax: (703) Web: Summary To provide financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students who are working full time on a science education or other specified degree by means of a distancelearning or online program. Eligibility This program is open to U.S. citizens working full time on a bachelor s or master s degree by means of a distancelearning or online program affiliated with a major accredited 4- year college or university in the United States. Applicants must have completed at least 1 year of course work based on a 30- semester hour equivalent; classes in progress at the time of application cannot be used toward the 1-year minimum completion requirement. Undergraduates must have completed at least 2 semesters of calculus (not pre-calculus). Graduate students must have completed at least 1 full semester of work and be enrolled full time. Fields of study are limited to engineering (aerospace, chemical, electrical, or systems), mathematics, physics, science or mathematics education, technology management, or computer science. Selection is based primarily on academic excellence. Financial Data The stipend is $2,000. Duration 1 year. Number awarded 1 or 2 each year. Deadline May of each year.  AGATHA PRATOR SCHOLARSHIP Delta Kappa Gamma Society International-Kappa State Organization c/o Susan Riggs, Professional Affairs Committee 1847 Wheeler Avenue Fayetteville, AR Web: Summary To provide financial assistance to residents of Arkansas who are enrolled in a pre-service teaching program at a school in any state. Eligibility This program is open to residents of Arkansas (and Texarkana, Texas) who are enrolled as a student teacher, either as a senior or as an intern. The student s school may be in any state, but it must be NCATE-approved. Along with their application, they must submit a 1-page narrative on how they will use this educational experience and how it will benefit them. Selection is based on academic record, leadership, and potential for future service to the field of education. Financial Data The stipend is $2,500. Duration 1 semester. Number awarded 1 each year. Deadline March of each year for fall semester; November of each year for spring semester.  ALABAMA COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS SCHOLARSHIPS Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics c/o Kathy Westbrook, Scholarships University of South Alabama UCOM 3112 Mobile, AL (251) Fax: (251) Web: alabamamath.org/undergraduate_scholarships.php Summary To provide financial assistance to students majoring in mathematics education at Alabama colleges and universities. Eligibility This program is open to residents of any state enrolled as juniors or seniors at colleges and universities in Alabama. Applicants must have a major in mathematics education, in mathematics with an education minor, or in education with a mathematics emphasis. They must be planning to teach mathematics in grades 6-12 and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Along with their application, they must submit an essay of 200 to 300 words on why they wish to teach mathematics and what they see as their contribution to the profession. Financial need is not considered in the selection process. Financial Data The stipend is $1,000. Duration 1 year. Number awarded Varies each year. Recently, 4 of these scholarships were awarded. Deadline May of each year.  ALABAMA THESPIAN SCHOLARSHIP Alabama Educational Theatre Association c/o Jamie Stephenson, Scholarship Director Pelham High School 2500 Panther Circle Pelham, AL (205) Web: Summary To provide financial assistance to high school seniors in Alabama who are interested in preparing for a career in theater education or other theater-related fields. Eligibility This program is open to seniors graduating from high schools in Alabama who are thespians in good standing. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. They must be planning to attend a college or university to major in a theater-related field, including theater education. At the Alabama State Thespian Festival, students must present a 3-minute audition. For students in performance and theater education, the audition consists of a song and/or monologue of their choice; theater education applicants are also required to show a portfolio supporting their theater experiences. Technical theater applicants must present a sampling of renderings and designs. In addition to the audition at the festival, applicants must submit a list of all thespian activities in grades 9 through 12; a resume that includes education, theatrical experiences, honors, and activities; and letters of recommendation. Selection is based on the audition (45%), thespian activities and resume (25%), an interview (15%), and recommendations (15%). Financial Data The stipend is $1,000. Funds are sent directly to the recipient s college or university. Duration 1 year. Additional data The audition fee is $10. Number awarded 2 each year. Deadline January of each year.
15 18 FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS  ALASKA TEACHER EDUCATION LOAN PROGRAM Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Attn: AlaskAdvantage Programs 3030 Vintage Boulevard P.O. Box Juneau, AK (907) Toll Free: (800) Fax: (907) TDD: (907) Web: akadvantage.alaska.gov/page/254 Summary To provide forgivable loans to Alaska high school graduates who wish to prepare for a teaching career in a rural elementary or secondary school in the state. Eligibility Alaska high school graduates who are enrolled or who intend to enroll in a 4-year bachelor s degree program in elementary or secondary teacher education or a fifth-year teacher certification program may be nominated by a rural school district for receipt of this loan. Nominees must meet all the eligibility criteria of the AlaskAdvantage Education Loan Programs. Currently, only rural school districts may nominate loan recipients. Rural is defined as communities with a population of 5,500 or less that are not on road or rail to Anchorage or Fairbanks or with a population of 1,500 or less that are on road or rail to Anchorage or Fairbanks. Financial Data This is a scholarship/loan program. Students may borrow up to $7,500 per year for in-state or out-of-state study. Loans may be used for tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation costs (up to 2 round trips between the student s home community and the school of attendance). An origination fee of 5% of the amount loaned is added to the principal balance to be repaid. No interest is charged while the borrower is in school; subsequently, the rate is 7.6%. If the borrower is employed after graduation as a teacher in a rural elementary or secondary school in Alaska, he or she may be eligible for up to 100% forgiveness of the total loan. Duration Loans may be awarded for up to a maximum of 5 years of undergraduate study. Repayment must begin no later than 12 months from the time the borrower terminates full-time student status. The loan must be repaid within 15 years. Additional data Students cannot receive an Alaska Teachers Education Loan and an Alaska Supplemental Education Loan simultaneously, although their family members may arranged for an Alaska Family Education Loan on their behalf. Number awarded Varies each year. Recently, 187 of these scholarship/loans were issued. Deadline June of each year.  ALASKADVANTAGE EDUCATION GRANTS Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education Attn: AlaskAdvantage Programs 3030 Vintage Boulevard P.O. Box Juneau, AK (907) Toll Free: (866) Fax: (907) TDD: (907) Web: akadvantage.alaska.gov/page/276 Summary To provide financial assistance to Alaska residents who attend college in the state to prepare for a career in teaching or other designated fields with a workforce shortage. Eligibility This program is open to residents of Alaska who have been admitted to an undergraduate degree or vocational certificate program at a qualifying institution in the state. Applicants must be planning to work on a degree or certificate in a field that the state has designated as a workforce shortage area; currently, those are allied health sciences, community or social service, teaching, and process industries/natural resources extraction support. They must be able to demonstrate financial need and satisfactory academic progress. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required. Financial Data Grants range from $500 to $2,000 per year, depending on the need of the recipient. Duration 1 year; may be renewed as long as the recipient remains enrolled at least half time, makes satisfactory academic progress, and continues to meet residency and financial need requirements. Number awarded Varies each year; students with the greatest financial need are awarded support until funds are exhausted. Deadline April of each year.  ALBERT T. MARCOUX MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP American Legion Department of New Hampshire State House Annex 25 Capitol Street, Room 431 Concord, NH (603) Toll Free: (800) Fax: (603) Web: Summary To provide financial assistance to the children of members of the New Hampshire Department of the American Legion or American Legion Auxiliary who are interested in studying education at a college in any state. Eligibility This program is open to residents of New Hampshire who are entering their first year at an accredited 4-year college or university in any state to work on a bachelor s degree in the field of education. Applicant s parent must be a member of the American Legion or its Auxiliary (or if deceased have been a member at time of death). They must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their junior and senior high school years. Financial need is considered in the selection process. Financial Data The stipend is $1,000. Duration 1 year. Number awarded 1 each year. Deadline April of each year.  ALEXANDER CHRISTIAN FOUNDATION OF INDIANA SCHOLARSHIPS Alexander Christian Foundation of Indiana 312 East Main Street, Suite B P.O. Box 246 Greenfield, IN (317) Web: Summary To provide financial assistance to members of the Christian Church or Church of Christ (Independent) in Indiana who are preparing for a church-related vocation at a school in any state. Eligibility This program is open to members of the Christian Church or Church of Christ (Independent) in Indiana who are candidates for a church-related vocation or currently working full time on an appropriate undergraduate or graduate degree. Applicants must be attending or planning to attend a college or seminary in any state affiliated with the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ. Students currently enrolled at Christian colleges must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Along with their application, they must submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words on "Why I Desire to Serve Christ in a Church-Related Vocation." Selection is based on that essay, evaluations of the applicant s character and motivation by their home church minister and an elder of their church, and transcripts. Financial Data Stipends range from $1,250 to $2,000 per year.
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