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Urban Teaching Apprenticeship

Program

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides awards up to $15,000 (average award is $2,500) for Hispanic students who have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Awards are based on financial need and merit. While no designated majors are specifically supported by this program, students interested in teaching in their local communities are encouraged to apply. Students may apply for support in undergraduate or graduate studies. To apply, submit a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, transcript, and financial need information. Deadlines vary, so check the website for specific dates.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund award supports students attending an HBCU who are interested in pursuing a service-oriented career, like education. Awards vary and can go up to $6,000. They are based on either merit or financial need. Qualifying students must have a 3.0 GPA, a strong commitment toward service, and must be recommended by a faculty member at their university or college. To apply, submit a personal statement, FAFSA Student Aid Report, transcript, one recommendation letter, and resume. Applications are due in May. 

Harry S. Truman Scholars Program

The Harry S. Truman Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship of $30,000 that is awarded to 55 graduate students who intend to pursue a career in service, like teaching. While there is no minimum GPA requirement, applicants typically have a 3.5 GPA or higher and are active in leadership service positions in their schools or communities. Students must apply in their junior years after being nominated by their university or college. Support in the amount of $3,000 is distributed for the student’s senior year, and the rest during their graduate work. To apply, request to be nominated by a school’s faculty representative, and then submit three letters of recommendation, transcript, and personal statement by the first Tuesday in February.

Horatio Alger Scholarship Program

The Horatio Alger Scholarship Program is a competitive scholarship that awards $22,000 to over 100 students annually at the national level and even more at the state level. Students who have overcome obstacles and want to give back to their communities through professions like teaching are encouraged to apply. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required, and students must demonstrate financial need. To apply, submit an online application with certification form, transcript, letter of recommendation, financial information, and a personal statement. Applications are due in January.

Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship Program

Jay-Z wants to send you to college! This Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship Program is open for those who are under the age of 25 and have a 2.0 GPA or better. That is all that is required to qualify for one of these $2,500 scholarships. It does not matter if you are a high school senior, high school graduate not yet in school, enrolled undergraduate, or attending vocational school. The Shawn Carter Foundation supports students who have been through difficult times and want to give back to their community, ideal for students who plan to pursue an education major. To apply, complete an online application and submit a personal statement. Applications are due in April.