The field of teaching entails some outstanding career opportunities for people who desire to instruct, lead, and mentor students of all ages and types. This field comprises an array of occupational opportunities, which include teachers, daycare directors, professors, deans of students, and administrators to name a few. In addition, those professionals enjoy satisfying salaries of between $30,000 and $100,000 or more per year in a field that is expected to grow up to 19 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fortunately, there is not only an abundance of exceptional schools that offer teaching degrees, there is also an excellent variety of scholarship resources that is available to both potential and practicing teachers. Each of the best of those scholarship resources is described according to availability and funding amount below.
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) offers a variety of funding opportunities to potential physics teachers and practicing physics teachers. Those opportunities include: the AAPT Venture Fund, which provides up to $25,000 towards physics projects and supplies for teachers that are AAPT members; the Barbara Lotze Scholarship, which rewards potential physics teachers with up to $2,000 per year towards their teaching educations; the Frederick and Florence Bauder Endowment, which provides up to $500 towards laboratory tools for physics teachers; the High School Physics Teacher Grant, which rewards practicing teachers with $100-$500 that can be used for the enhancement of their skills as professionals; the Harold Q. and Charlotte Mae Fuller Fund, which provides funds to physics teachers in developing countries; and the Hashim A. Yamani Fund, which provides monetary stipends to undergraduate and graduate students who plan to pursue occupations as physics teachers.
American Montessori Society (AMS)
The American Montessori Society (AMS) offers two Teacher Education Scholarships per year that amount to $1,000 each. These scholarships are rewarded to students who are enrolled in an AMS-associated, teaching education program. In addition, the American Montessori Society (AMS) offers two Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Awards and two Outstanding Master's Theses Awards per year to graduate students who pursue AMS-associated, teaching education programs. Each of these awards amounts to between $250 and $1,000.
Bright Horizons Family Solutions
The Bright Horizons Family Solutions Organization offers Bright Futures Scholarships to students who are enrolled full-time in either an Associate's in Early Childhood Education Degree program or a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education Degree program. The amount of each scholarship that is offered by this organization varies between $250 and $2,500.
James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers up to $24,000 in scholarship opportunities to students who plan to become American history, American government, and/or social studies teachers in secondary schools. These scholarship opportunities are offered to graduate-level students.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) offers a Prospective Middle School Mathematics Teachers Course Work Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 to students who plan to become mathematics teachers in middle schools. In addition, a Prospective 7-12 Secondary Teacher Course Work Scholarship in the amount of $10,000 is offered to undergraduate students who plan to become mathematics teachers in middle schools.
From the American Association of Physics Teachers to the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, there is no doubt that there are many organizations that offer great scholarship opportunities to both professionals and students in the field of teaching. All of the opportunities reviewed above represent some of the best, reputable funding opportunities that are available to individuals in this field today. Often, it is through scholarships such as those mentioned above that many individuals are able to afford and acquire advanced degrees as instructors, leaders, advisors, and mentors in preschools, schools, and colleges everywhere.
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Teacher Faith Strickland recalls her journey through education and the ritual of filling out financial aid and scholarship applications prior to the start of each semester. 25 Great Teacher Scholarships is a wonderful resource for those with a career plan for education.