A teacher's education prepares her to efficiently pass on information to her students. Many teachers choose to pursue master’s degrees to further their skills. A number of grants are available in the form of fellowships and institution-based or specialty-based scholarships to support teachers pursuing master’s degrees.
The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation offers a five-year fellowship to students who commit to teaching math or science for at least five consecutive years. An applicant can be pursuing a master’s degree, having already received a bachelor’s degree in another discipline such as math or science, provided he has not yet received a teacher’s certification.
Many institutions offer grants to graduate students pursuing education degrees. For instance, the King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Program, through Wayne State University in Michigan, offers scholarships to graduate students who plan to accept teaching positions in colleges or universities. Although the scholarship is open to all such applicants who are U.S. citizens and Michigan residents, priority is given to students from a minority or disadvantaged backgrounds. The College of Education at the University of Kentucky offers a number of grants to its graduate students. They include the Reading Scholarship Fund, which focuses on literacy specialties, and the Ola H. Miller Scholarship, which is given to students focusing on gifted education.
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers scholarships to history or social studies teachers. The purpose of the scholarship is to give teachers an opportunity to better study the U.S. Constitution. This scholarship, worth up to $24,000 for two years, is offered to teachers at middle and high schools. The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, through the National Science Foundation, offers scholarships to graduate students who are interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and who wish to teach in elementary or secondary schools. The scholarship encourages professionals to bring their expertise to grade school, middle school and high school classrooms. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute provides scholarships to those with the intention of teaching. For instance, the Salvatori Fellowship is for those specifically studying the founding of the United States.
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