Scholarships for Teachers to Go Back to School

Teachers can choose to work or not while going back to school.
Teachers can choose to work or not while going back to school. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

As a teacher, you know the importance of education, especially to further your career. The costs of college may be what have stopped you from going back to school thus far. Fortunately, there are several scholarships that provide current teachers with funds to further their education. Some are available to you no matter what your profession, while others are specifically targeted to teachers.

TEACH Grant Program

The United States Department of Education has implemented the TEACH grant program for teachers who want to work in a high-need, low-income school district. Unlike other federal programs, you do not have to have a financial need in order to be eligible for the TEACH grant. You do have to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order apply. You must be in an undergraduate, postbaccalaureate or graduate program in a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program. If after finishing your degree you do not teach full time in a school for low-income students, the grant will be transferred to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and must be paid back.

Straightforward Media's Teacher Scholarship Program

Straightforward Media awards four scholarships each year to teachers and potential teachers. The participants of the scholarships must intend to continue with the teaching profession, no matter if it is teaching children or adults. The award amounts are $500 every three months, as of 2011. The award checks are written to you so you can use them for tuition or for other expenses associated with getting your degree. Applications are taken online through the StraightForward Media website.

National Board Scholarship Fund

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) hosts a list of scholarships from different foundations and organizations for people who are going for board certifications. The National Board Scholarship Fund is just for people who want to sit for the board examinations, including the National Board Certified Teachers, for the first time. Therefore you can already be a teacher, but not board certified, to be eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship is fairly easy to obtain and is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are accepted through the NBPTS website.

Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers

If you are a teacher and want to go back to school to specialize in physics, the American Association of Physics Teachers wants to help you. The organization has a $2,000 scholarship (as of 2011) for teachers who enroll in a physics program to change their specialty to physics. You don't have to already be a current teacher to qualify, but it doesn't disqualify you either. Application materials are downloaded from the American Association of Physics Teachers website. The deadline for this scholarship is usually the end of the year for the following school year.

Siemens Teacher Scholarship Program

The Siemens Teacher Education Scholarship Program is a need-based scholarship program for African Americans who plan to teach. The scholarship is awarded through the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). As a current teacher looking to further your education, you can qualify. You must have at least a 2.5 GPA and be majoring in science, biology, education, chemistry, mathematics, science technology or engineering (computer or chemical). You must fill out the FAFSA to begin the application process. Once your financial need is verified by the FAFSA and the financial aid office at your school, fill out the UNCF General Scholarship application.

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