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College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) offers a variety of competitive scholarships and awards to qualified students that help defray educational costs associated with attending Mason and which recognize potential contributions to CEHD fields.

Scholarship award decisions are made by CEHD staff and faculty based on qualification of the candidate according to the listed criteria and the quality of the application. Some scholarships may require letters of recommendation or faculty nomination.

Financial need based scholarships require a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - priority deadline each year is January 15th.

Unless otherwise noted, all scholarship applications must be made through the General Scholarship Application.

Descriptions of CEHD scholarships and awards with the requisite submission criteria are provided below.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Affairs (SAA).

Scholarships

Annandale Woman's Club Endowed Scholarship

Women’s Clubs can be traced back to 1868 when Jane Cunningham Croly, a professional journalist, attempted to attend a dinner at an all-male press club honoring Charles Dickens. Croly was denied admittance based upon her gender, and in response, formed a woman’s club. Today, women’s clubs and clubwomen are the heart of the communities in which they live and work. By Living the Volunteer Spirit, members work in their own communities to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement, and work toward world peace and understanding.

The Annandale Women's Club Endowed Scholarship was established to support undergraduate students in their senior year pursuing a degree or licensure in education in the College of Education and Human Development.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Submit a completed online application by the deadline.
  • Attempting to complete the final year of a degree or licensure program in Education.
  • Enrolled full-time or part-time in the College of Education and Human Development.
  • Be a US Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be a resident of Northern Virginia for at least one year prior to receiving the scholarship.
  • Have a strong record of academic merit (3.0 GPA or higher).
  • Write an essay on a topic specified by the application.

For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Affairs at saasuprt@gmu.edu.

Catherine “Cathy” Belter Scholarship

Catherine “Cathy” Belter devoted her life to education. Cathy was a full-time education activist. She served two terms on Fairfax County’s School Board; met with Congress and discussed funding priorities with members of the State Department of Education; wrote many articles and manuals; and presented workshops on educational issues and parental involvement in 29 states.

The Catherine “Cathy” Belter Memorial Fellowship Endowment was established in her memory in hopes of continuing her legacy of energetic support of education for all.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Submit a completed online application by the deadline.
  • Be enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development pursuing a program of study leading to a Virginia state teaching license or graduate degree.
  • Be currently employed in the Fairfax County Public School system (application requires proof of employment).
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the teaching profession and the field of education.
  • Exhibit a strong record of academic merit (undergraduate – 3.0 GPA or higher; graduate – 3.5 GPA or higher).
  • Have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Write an essay on a topic specified by the application (maximum 300 words).

For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Affairs at saasuprt@gmu.edu.

Douglas and Mariana Brook Education Endowment Fund

Dr. Douglas A. Brook has served in the U.S. Navy, two terms on the Vienna VA Town Council, and in four presidentially appointed positions. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and is Professor Emeritus at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA. Dr. Brook holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Michigan. In 2001, he earned his PhD in Public Policy at George Mason University.

Mariana P. Brook earned a BFA degree from Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University) and had an accomplished career in the design arts. Later, her interest in education and history led her to study at George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development where she earned her Master's degree in Secondary Education in 1994 with concentrations in Curriculum and Instruction in History.

The Douglas and Mariana Brook Education Endowment Fund provides scholarship support to undergraduate students enrolled in a Bachelors / Accelerated Masters program and graduate students pursuing a Masters of Education.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Submit a completed online application by the deadline.
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate Bachelors Accelerated M.Ed. program OR a graduate M.Ed. Program.
  • Pursuing a degree or licensure in secondary, elementary, or early childhood education.
  • Write an essay on the following topic (maximum 300 words).
    Essay Topic: Dr. Douglas and Mariana Brook are life-long learners as well as long-time teachers, valuing education at all levels. How can you inspire this attitude in yourself and in those whom you teach?

Note: Preference will be given to applicants who

  • are switching careers to teaching,
  • have previously completed an accelerated Masters pathway at GMU, and/or
  • are interested in teaching history or social studies at the elementary or secondary level.

Dr. Marjory F. Brown-Azarowicz Scholarship

Dr. Marjory F. Brown-Azarowicz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She was a former professor emerita in the School of Education. Among her numerous accomplishments in her career, she was the author of many books, articles, and journals. In retirement, she taught piano and was a member of the Washington and Northern Virginia Music Teachers Associations. Dr. Brown-Azarowicz died on May 28, 2009.

The Dr. Marjory F. Brown-Azarowicz Endowed Scholarship in Education was established to provide scholarship support for students majoring in Education.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Submit a completed online application by the deadline.
  • Be enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development pursuing a program of study leading to initial teaching licensure.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the teaching profession and the field of education.
  • Exhibit a strong record of academic merit (undergraduate – 3.0 GPA or higher; graduate – 3.5 GPA or higher).
  • Have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Write an essay on a topic specified by the application (maximum 300 words).

For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Affairs at saasuprt@gmu.edu.

Carnival Cruise Scholarship

Through the generosity of the Carnival Foundation, financial assistance is available to promising scholars who are interested in cruise ship management. Several scholarship awards (valued at $1,250 each) will be made during Winter Break to successful students enrolled in and completing TOUR 480 / 331 (Cruise Ship Management). The purpose of the scholarship is to create an economically diverse group of course participants by supporting students who demonstrate financial need and academic promise.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  1. Be a declared major in the Bachelor of Science (Tourism and Events Management) program at George Mason University,
  2. Be a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours) during the spring semester,
  3. Be enrolled in TOUR 480/331 (note pre-requisites),
  4. Successfully complete TOUR 480/331,
  5. Begin the spring semester with a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0,
  6. Submit a current resume and statement of interest/commitment, and
  7. Demonstrate financial need.

Note: the scholarship award is also contingent upon the course being offered. No award will be given if the course is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment or for any other reason that qualifies the course participants for a full refund of course tuition and fees. Funds will be transferred to scholarship recipients after successful completion of the course (in February).

Scholarship award recipients will be notified by mid-November to early December.

Annette Gorn Memorial Scholarship

Mary A. Gorn, known as Annette, was born on March 27, 1947, in Athlone, Ireland. She divided her childhood between Ireland and America before settling in Los Angeles, California. In 1981, she married Michael H. Gorn, and they moved to Alexandria, Virginia, where they lived for sixteen years. In 1987, she earned a master’s degree in education, with a specialization in counseling and development, from George Mason University. Annette then joined the George Mason University Academic Advising staff as a counselor, a position she held for 10 years. A discerning and thoughtful listener, she advised international students, a specialty that reflected her unwavering identity as an Irish woman. She made important contributions to the lives of many young people during her career at the university. Annette passed away on April 23, 2000.

The Annette Gorn Memorial Scholarship was established in her memory to provide scholarships to graduate students majoring in counseling and development within the School of Education.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Submit a completed online application by the deadline.
  • Be enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development Counseling program.
  • Be a naturalized U.S. citizen, a foreign national, or the offspring of parents born abroad.
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 graduate credit hours.
  • Have a strong record of academic merit (cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher).
  • Have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Write an essay on a topic specified by the application (maximum 300 words).

For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Affairs at: saasuprt@gmu.edu.

The Bernard and Marianne Harless Scholarship Fund

The Bernard and Marianne Harless Scholarship Fund was established in 2021 by Richard Harless, PhD, to support full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in one of the College of Education and Human Development’s Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s (BAM) programs. Dr. Harless is a two-time alumnus from Mason, receiving both his masters in history in 2004 and his PhD in history in 2012. Dr. Harless spent the majority of his career in Fairfax County Public Schools, where he taught history and social studies for over 15 years.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Submit a completed online application by the deadline.
  • Be a full-time graduate or undergraduate student currently enrolled in CEHD’s Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s (B/AM) program.
  • Have a strong record of academic merit (minimum 3.0 GPA for undergraduate students / 3.5 GPA for graduate students).
  • Be enrolled in a teaching program toward K-12 licensure.
  • Have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Write an essay on a topic specified by the application.

NOTE: Preference will be given to students interested in teaching history, social studies, political science, and/or civics.

For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Affairs at saasuprt@gmu.edu.

Bridget Healy Memorial Scholarship

Bridget Kathleen Healy was a young woman who attended, loved and thrived in the Mason LIFE program at George Mason University. She was in her second year with the program and had recently been selected for a Capitol Hill internship when she passed away very suddenly. Everyone who met Bridget was touched by her beautiful smile and sweet demeanor. In a college essay, Bridget described her personality, “I’m pretty much bubbly all the time because I get to live my life.”

The Bridget Healy Memorial Scholarship was established to support a student in the Mason LIFE program. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate academic merit and financial need.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Submit a completed online application by the deadline.
  • Currently be pursuing a Mason LIFE certificate.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress of all non-credit LIFE classes/component work cumulatively attempted of 67% or higher.
  • Be enrolled part-time or full-time for fall 2022, attending on campus classes.
  • Have a completed 2022-2023 FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid demonstrating financial need.
  • Write an essay on the following topic (maximum 300 words) or provide a video (2-5 minutes) covering the topic provided.
    Essay topic: Tell us about how participating in the Mason LIFE program helps you reach your goals.

Applications are due Friday, October 7, 2022.

For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Affairs at saasuprt@gmu.edu.

Joan Packer Isenberg Endowed Scholarship

The Joan Packer Isenberg Scholarship was established by Joan P. Isenberg, EdD, for graduate students majoring in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) program. It is awarded to a distinguished teacher enrolled in the ASTL program and acknowledges an exemplary Master’s degree candidate who is seeking to improve the lives of learners through advanced professional development in the ASTL program.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Be enrolled in the ASTL program at George Mason University.
  • Have already successfully completed EDUC 612 and at least three additional credits in their concentration or the core by the end of the semester prior to receiving award funds.
  • Exhibit a strong record of academic merit (cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher).
  • Write an essay on a topic specified by the application.

For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Affairs at saasuprt@gmu.edu.

This scholarship application is hosted through GMU Academic Works. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 2.

Helen Kellar Scholarship

The Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities at George Mason University is pleased to offer the Helen Kellar Scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Helen Kellar Scholarship was established to support PhD students within the College of Education and Human Development whose research is focused on individuals with disabilities. Recipients may be full-time or part-time students. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate academic merit.

All students eligible to apply for the scholarship will be contacted directly by the College of Education and Human Development.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Currently enrolled in a PhD program within the College of Education and Human Development.
  • Have a strong academic record and maintain good academic standing (3.5 GPA or higher).
  • Be enrolled in at least 1 credit hour for the fall 2022 semester.
  • Write an essay on the following topic (300-325 words).
    Essay topic: Research Plan
    Outline a research plan that is focused on individuals with disabilities. The plan should include the significance of the research; your research questions; study methodology such as proposed research design, sample, measures/instrumentation, and analysis; and timeline (the project should be completed by summer 2023).
  • A reference letter from the faculty advisor guiding your research should be uploaded in your application.

For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Affairs at saasuprt@gmu.edu.

The Phyllis Cofield Pajardo Scholarship Fund

The Phyllis Cofield Pajardo Scholarship Fund was created in December of 2021 by alumna Phyllis Pajardo, PhD, Superintendent of Fairfax City Schools.

The purpose of the Fund is to provide support for graduate level students pursuing a Master's degree in Educational Leadership or a Master's in Education with an Educational Leadership concentration within the College of Education and Human Development.

Recipients may be enrolled full-time or part-time and may be an in-state or out-of-state student. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee taking into consideration academic merit and financial need. This scholarship is renewable; recipients may apply for the same award in subsequent semesters.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Submit a completed online application by the deadline.
  • Be enrolled in a Master's degree program in Educational Leadership or in a Master's in Education degree program with an Educational Leadership concentration.
  • Be enrolled full-time or part-time in the College of Education and Human Development.
  • Have a strong record of academic merit (3.0 GPA or higher).
  • Have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Write an essay on a topic specified by the application (maximum 300 words).

For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Affairs at saasuprt@gmu.edu.

Dr. Sakineh “Simin” Redjali and Dr. Said Khadiri Scholarship

Dr. Sakineh “Simin” M. Redjali devoted her life to education. She received her PhD in Education and Clinical Psychology from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of London, she became the first woman professor at the National University of Iran, and a National Science Foundation Fellow and Fulbright Scholar in the United States. Among Dr. Redjali’s many accomplishments, she authored several books and scholarly articles written in English, German, and Farsi, including her autobiography, “A Symphony of Life: Triumph of Education over Adversity.”

Dr. Said Khadiri was a pioneer in music education in Iran. He received his PhD in Music Education and Piano from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and was a Fulbright Scholar in the United States. He produced and directed 252 films and video cassettes for the National Iranian Radio-Television of musical performances by children attending the Music Studios for Children and Young Adults.

The Dr. Sakineh “Simin” M. Redjali and Dr. Said Khadiri Graduate Endowed Scholarship was established to support graduate students who will continue these important figures' legacy of energetic support of early childhood education for all.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Submit a completed online application by the deadline.
  • Be enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development pursuing a graduate degree or licensure in Early Childhood Education.
  • Have a strong record of academic merit (3.5 GPA or higher).
  • Have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Write an essay on a topic specified by the application (maximum 300 words).

NOTE: Preference will be given to students of Persian ancestry.

For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Affairs at saasuprt@gmu.edu.

Hattie M. Strong Foundation (HMSF) Scholarship

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation is a charitable private foundation incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1928. The Foundation’s activities consist of the administration of a scholarship program that is aimed at college students enrolled in teacher-training programs at selected partnering institutions. The Foundation’s current priority is to assist organizations that provide out-of-school-time programming.

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship is presented to students who are in their final year of enrollment in an initial teacher preparation licensure program through the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). The candidates must have academic merit and financial need.

All students eligible to apply for the scholarship will be contacted directly by the College of Education and Human Development.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Be in their final year of enrollment in an initial teacher preparation licensure program for fall 2022 through the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).
  • Have exhibited outstanding success and enthusiasm with field experience and/or student teaching.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in both of the previous two (2) semesters.
  • Have a 2022-23 FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid, demonstrating financial need.

In accordance with the wishes of the HMSF, scholarship candidates must meet the above criteria, and include the following in their application packet:

  • Online HMSF award application
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement on the following questions (maximum 350 words):
    What is one "big idea" that you believe you MUST teach in your future classroom? How would you best make a case to your students, their families, your school administration, and policy makers that this "big idea" must be taught?
  • Faculty recommendation letter(s). Provide this link to your recommender(s): https://gmucehd.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6m9cv30eoKBrQ6W.

For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Affairs at saasuprt@gmu.edu.

Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program (VTSLP)

The primary purpose of the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program (VTSLP) is to provide financial support to students who are pursuing a teaching career in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Scholarship recipients may fulfill the teaching obligation by teaching in the public schools of the Commonwealth in the first full academic year after becoming eligible for a renewable teaching license in the appropriate endorsement area and teaching for at least two years* in a school division:

  • In one of the critical teacher shortage disciplines as established by the Board of Education (see Eligibility Criteria below); or
  • In a Virginia public school or program with 50 percent or more of the students eligible for free or reduced price lunch; or
  • In a school division designated critical shortage subject area, as defined in the Board of Education's Regulations Governing the Determination of Critical Teacher Shortage Areas.

*Scholarship recipients who only complete one year of the teaching obligation shall be forgiven for one-half of the scholarship loan amount.

Amount of Scholarship Loans

Subject to available funding, Scholarship amounts are based on $10,000 per year for full-time students and shall be prorated for part-time students based on the number of credit hours.

Selected nominees will be sent an official Promissory Note along with the Virginia Department of Education award notification letter. (Sample Promissory Note)

2022-2023 Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate or graduate, full-time or part-time student registered for the fall 2022 semester.
  • Enrolled in an approved teacher education program in one of the top ten critical teacher shortage disciplines as established by the Board of Education:
    1. Elementary Education PreK-6
    2. Special Education
    3. Middle Grades 6-12 (including Algebra I)
    4. Career and Technical Education
    5. Mathematics Grades 6-12 (including Algebra I)
    6. Science (Secondary)
    7. Foreign Language PreK-12
    8. English (Secondary)
    9. History and Social Science (Secondary)
    10. Health and Physical Education
    (Note: minority teacher candidates may be enrolled in any content area for teacher preparation.)
  • Maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.
  • Nominated for such scholarship by the institution where they are enrolled.
  • Be a resident in the Commonwealth of Virginia with plans to teach in the Commonwealth.

Teacher candidates who previously received funding through the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program are not eligible.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please direct them to Ms. Chris Creswell at cehdsaa@gmu.edu or 703-993-5690.

Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Kyle Robert Wilson was raised in Prince William County, Virginia and graduated from Hylton High School where he excelled in baseball. Kyle went on to attend George Mason University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in 2005. Kyle joined the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue on January 23, 2006. On April 16, 2007, Technician I Kyle Wilson died in the line of duty fighting a house fire in Prince William County.

While a student in the Athletic Training Education Program and as a professional firefighter, Kyle was passionate about helping others. He was loved and respected by family, friends, and colleagues alike for his intelligence, integrity, and fun-loving attitude.

To honor his life and further his legacy, Kyle’s family established the Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship to provide scholarships for students in the professional phase of the Athletic Training program. Reflecting Kyle’s character, recipients will exhibit integrity, a passion for professional growth and physical fitness, and a commitment to the service of others. The scholarship is funded from donations collected at the annual Kyle Wilson Memorial Walk for Fitness. Each April, at the Walk for Fitness, Prince William County and George Mason University communities come together to celebrate Kyle’s passion for physical fitness and to recognize the recipient of the Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Submit a completed online application by the deadline.
  • Be currently enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development Athletic Training program.
  • Be admitted to the professional phase of the Athletic Training program.
  • Have at least a 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Write an essay on a topic specified by the application (maximum 300 words).
  • Upload the most recent copy of your resume (via the application). Work experience is not required, but employment history, activities/organizations, awards/honors, etc., that may be relevant to your application is.

For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Affairs at saasuprt@gmu.edu.

The Winant Endowed Scholarship

The Winant Fund was established in the year 2000 as a charitable trust by John and Jane Winant, who serve as its trustees. The Winant Fund was founded to

  • support relief of the poor, the distressed, and the underprivileged, especially children;
  • elimination of prejudice and discrimination;
  • and prevention of cruelty to children and animals.
  • The Winant Endowed Scholarship provides support for graduate students pursuing a career assisting children with intellectual or developmental disabilities in underserved communities.

    Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

    • Submit a completed online application by the deadline
    • Be enrolled in a graduate degree program in the College of Education and Human Development.
    • Exhibit a strong record of academic merit (3.5 GPA or higher).
    • Have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid demonstrating financial need.
    • Write an essay on a topic specified by the application.

    NOTE: Preference will be given to those serving non-English speaking communities with intellectual or developmental disabilities such as autism.

    For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Affairs at saasuprt@gmu.edu.

Wen Pei Wu Scholarship

Wen-Pei Wu was born in Chongquing, Sichuan Province, China. He studied economics at Chow Yang University in Hubei Province, China. He gave up his study and joined the Chinese Air Force after Japan invaded China in 1938. He believed that education provided the essential foundation for a productive, rewarding, and fulfilled life. He advocated education for all and often encouraged and helped others to learn. Wen-Pei Wu enjoyed a lifetime of learning and continued studying well into his 80s.

D. Jean Wu established the Wen Pei Wu Scholarship in the memory of her father, who instilled the desire for education in his children. The scholarship assists graduate or undergraduate students pursuing initial licensure in education.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Submit a completed online application by the deadline
  • Be a graduate or undergraduate student pursuing an initial licensure within PK-12.
  • Have a strong record of academic merit (undergraduate - 3.0 GPA or higher; graduate - 3.5 GPA or higher)
  • Have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Write an essay on a topic specified by the application (maximum 300 words).

For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Affairs at saasuprt@gmu.edu.

Awards:

Awards accepting nominations are marked “Accepting Nominations.”

Teachers of Promise (TOP)

The Teachers of Promise Institute seeks to identify and recognize the best prospective teachers from college and university Schools of Education from across Virginia. The goal of The Institute is to celebrate the calling to teach, to elevate the teaching profession to the status it deserves, and to activate participants to navigate their true potential. The Institute features a wide range of activities, including small mentor group sessions, concurrent workshops, and keynote addresses. The event is usually in early March and is held in Richmond, Virginia.

CEHD provides funds to cover registration, lodging, and accommodations for 5 students. Students will also receive a medal of recognition for participating and representing CEHD at the Teachers of Promise closing ceremony.

Faculty are encouraged to select a student from their perspective program who models high professional and personal standards and demonstrates enthusiasm for the teaching profession. Nominations are open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (VACTE) Award

The Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (VACTE) is comprised of institutions of higher education in Virginia that prepare teachers and other school professionals for work in classrooms in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Nation.

VACTE provides leadership on issues related to professional education, with primary focus on teacher education and promotes effective public policy regarding professional education, enhances and improves professional education programs at member institutions, and enhances the professional effectiveness of members.

Every year the VACTE offers two distinguished award to CEHD student:

  1. VACTE Initial Teacher Licensure Scholarship ($1500)
    Nominations will be taken through the office of Student and Academic Affairs via online nomination form. A review committee comprised of program faculty and program advisors will review nominations and select a winners. The award will be announced in early December with the funds awarded at that time. Recipients will be recognized at the VACTE spring meeting.

    While CEHD may submit only ONE nomination, programs may submit more than one nomination. Nominees must meet the criteria listed below:

    • Nominee must be a student fully admitted to a teacher education program granting initial licensure. Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for consideration.
    • Nominee must have prior or current experience in working with children or young adults.
    • Nominee must have demonstrated a high level of scholarship in previous studies (a 3.2 GPA or higher).
    • Nominee must come from an institution that is a member of VACTE in good standing. Membership dues must be paid before the nominee will be moved through the application process. Institutions will be notified of their membership status.
  2. VACTE Advanced Preparation Scholarship($1500)

    Nominations will be taken through the office of Student and Academic Affairs via online nomination form. A review committee comprised of program faculty and program advisors will review nominations and select a winners. The award will be announced in early December with the funds awarded at that time. Recipients will be recognized at the VACTE spring meeting.

    While CEHD may submit only ONE nomination, programs may submit more than one nomination. Nominees must meet the criteria listed below:

    • Nominee must be a LICENSED teacher, fully admitted to a graduate education program leading to an endorsement in advanced studies, including, but not limited to Reading Specialist, Math Specialist, and Administration and Supervision.
    • Nominee must have demonstrated a high level of scholarship in their graduate studies (a 3.5 GPA or higher).
    • Nominee must come from an institution that is a member of VACTE in good standing. Membership dues must be paid before the nominee will be moved through the application process. Institutions will be notified of their membership status.

Nominations are made using an online form. Filling out the nomination form in its entirety is extremely important.

Virginia Scholars Award

The Virginia Scholars Award was established in 1997 by the IOTA (VA) State Organization of Delta Kappa Gamma. Delta Kappa Gamma is an international society that promotes excellence in education. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding women education graduates at Virginia’s four-year colleges and universities that offer teacher training.

Below is the suggested criteria for selection of nominees:

  • Classroom performance/grades/GPA
  • Employment experience
  • Practicum/student teaching performance
  • Community/extracurricular activities
  • Character traits commensurate with teaching profession
  • Overall potential in the field of education