Teacher Education Scholarships
If you are seeking a degree or certification or both in teacher education, you have two types of scholarships available: departmental scholarships and designated scholarships.
Departmental scholarships are funded for majors in that department only. You should check carefully your major plan on MyBoiseState for accuracy and update this section as necessary. You may not be considered for departmental scholarships if your major plan does not match the majors available within the department.
If you are majoring in secondary education, you should apply for departmental scholarships through the department of your major.
Designated scholarships are funded by private donors. Donors specify criteria for selecting recipients. Criteria may include such things as grade point average, gender, ethnicity, class standing or major.
Sometimes donors specify uncommon criteria for selecting recipients. For example, donors may specify that a recipient be a single parent, a student interested in environmental education, or a student who graduated from a certain Idaho high school.
So it is important that you provide accurate, thorough information about yourself. Please read the application carefully. Check all boxes that apply to you, and expand on these in the required two-page essay. This will allow the Scholarship Committee to consider you for all scholarships for which you qualify.
If you are majoring in secondary education, you may qualify for some designated scholarships. You should also complete the Teacher Education Scholarship Application form, if you wish to be considered.
We encourage you to consult the Boise State University Financial Aid website for information about scholarships based on need, loans, and other private scholarships.
Scholarships are available to students pursuing degrees and/or certification in teacher education. Scholarship funds come from two sources: (1) individual donors who designate criteria for selecting recipients and (2) institutional funds distributed to departments. Please read the following information carefully.
The mission of the Teacher Education Scholarship program is to:
- Support promising candidates who demonstrate financial need.
- Recognize and support academic excellence and high standards.
- Recognize and retain students who demonstrate the potential to become effective teachers.
Criteria and Scholarships
All applicants are evaluated according to the criteria established for specific scholarships, including academic achievement. The Teacher Education Scholarship Committee utilizes the university’s guidelines of a 3.0 grade point average in making award decisions. However, all education majors with a compelling need are encouraged to apply, as criteria also include financial need, commitment to the profession, and potential for effective teaching. Members of under-represented groups (e.g., students with disabilities, minority students, and students whose first language is not English) are encouraged to apply. Criteria for scholarships are further described below.
Designated scholarships are funded by private donors who specify criteria for selecting recipients. Criteria for selecting recipients can also include characteristics such as: single parent student, student interested in environmental education, students who graduate from particular Idaho high schools, students with experience in diverse environments, grade point average, or class standing. Students seeking secondary certification may qualify for some designated scholarships and should complete the Teacher Education Scholarship Application, if they wish to be considered.
Please read the application carefully, check all boxes that apply to you, and elaborate on these in the required two-page essay. This means that you must provide accurate, thorough information about yourself so that the Scholarship Committee can consider you for all scholarships for which you qualify.
Departmental scholarships are funded for majors in that department only. Check your academic major on BroncoWeb for accuracy and update this section as necessary. Students seeking secondary certification should apply for departmental scholarships through their major department.
Students are encouraged to consult the Boise State University Financial Aid webpage for information about need-based scholarships, loans and other private scholarship opportunities.
1. Applicants must complete a FAFSA. Go to FAFSA.gov. Continuing students must submit the FAFSA by March 15; the deadline for new/transfer students is February 15.
2. Access the Teacher Education Scholarship application at http://financialaid.boisestate.edu/scholarships/boise-state-scholarship-application/
Applications must be submitted by March 15th. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
3. Notification of awards will be made via your BroncoWeb site by May 15th.
4. Awards Recipients must respond by the date established by the Financial Aid Office. Alternate scholarship recipients will be notified after recipients have accepted or declined their awards.
5. Students who are awarded a private donor scholarship are expected to write a thank you letter to the scholarship donor. Scholarship recipients who do not write thank you letters may forfeit eligibility for future scholarships. Additionally, awardees will be invited to attend an event with scholarship donors in the fall. Awardees are expected to make every effort to attend or send a note of regret. Please recognize that donors are making a personal commitment to support awardees’ education and taking time to show your appreciation is essential.
For more information contact one of the Scholarship Committee Co-chairs: Maggie Chase, associate professor, Department of Literacy, or Sara Fry, associate professor, Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies. MaggieChase@boisestate.edu or SaraFry@boisestate.edu