Applying for post-secondary scholarships can be a daunting task, as can be searching for these scholarships. There are thousands of scholarships available, many of which are suited to students in a certain area, or with certain background. Generally, it is a good idea to register for a scholarship search site, which matches your information with scholarship requirements and generates a list of scholarships you would be eligible for, but do not apply to a scholarship search site where you have to pay. For U.S. students, I recommend the College Board. You can also peruse our very own list of scholarships based on need by state. While this is a good starting place, there are also a number of good places where you can find scholarships for secondary education science majors.
Straightforward Media offers a $500 scholarship every three months to any students who are intending to become teachers. Unlike other scholarships, the check is written out to the recipient rather than the individual, so the money can be put towards textbooks and living expenses if desired.
Phi Delta Kappa International has developed a Future Educator’s Association that offers a number of different scholarships to students enrolled in an education program.
The Coca-Cola Association has dedicated a section of their foundation to education and offers general scholarships, as well as education-specific scholarships.
Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarships offers grants to outstanding secondary school graduates who have taken interest in teaching careers at the pre-school, elementary, or secondary levels.
Teaching Tips has a great list of 101 Scholarships Just for Teachers. This is an excellent resource as it offers scholarships for any student, separated by region, ethnicity, science and math teaching students, other subject teaching students, fellowships and graduate level scholarships, college-specific scholarships, language and foreign study scholarships, as well as scholarships for current teachers. There is also a list of general scholarships, which pretty much any teaching student should be able to apply for!
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards offers a National Board Scholarship Program which provides links and information about GlaxoSmithKline Endowed Scholarship Fund, State Farm® Companies Foundation, Edward B. Rust Jr. Scholarship Fund, The UPS Foundation, Boeing, Southwestern Pennsylvania, Judy Wolpe Endowed Scholarship Fund, National Board Scholarship Fund, Northrop Grumman, GlaxoSmithKline, Georgia-Pacific, The Pittsburgh Initiative II,Pfizer, Chase, American Association of Teachers of French, Stuart Foundation, CITGO, Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, Governor Hunt Scholarship Fund, Friends of Philly Scholarship Fund, Friends of Florida, Friends of Alaska, The Roy E. Barnes Scholarship Fund, The Rebecca A. Palacios Scholarship Fund, and Friends of South Carolina. All of these organizations offer great scholarships for aspiring secondary school teachers, making this website a great resource.
Where Else to Look
Remember to look at local scholarships as well as awards specific to your school. While they are usually smaller than national scholarships, every little bit counts! Also, don’t overlook your school’s financial aid office and your departmental academic advisor as they are often the best source for scholarships specific to secondary science education.