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 recognize potential contributions to CEHD fields.

Outstanding, qualified students may be considered for university, local, state, regional, and national scholarships and awards by completing an online application. Some applications may require faculty nomination. If you have any questions, please contact office of Student and Academic Affairs (SAA).

Decisions are made by faculty who are charged with reviewing applications and selecting recipients. Financial need based scholarships require a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Priority deadline is January 15 of each year. Click here for more information. Descriptions of scholarships and awards and submission criteria are provided below.

Scholarships:

Applications are currently being accepted for scholarships marked “Apply Now!”

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.
  • 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 the following topic (maximum 300 words).
    Essay topic: Cathy Belter devoted her career to improving the education landscape for schools and families in the Commonwealth of Virginia. How do you envision yourself continuing this legacy of energetic support of education for all in the Fairfax County Public School System?

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

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 the following topic (maximum 300 words).
    Essay topic: Dr. Marjory F. Brown influenced many through her teaching, writing, and music. In what ways do you envision contributing to the field of education and making an impact on the lives of others?

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.

GeMStones Scholarship Program

GeMStones Scholarship Program provides scholarships for outstanding George Mason students to honor local community members. The program is funded by individual donors and organizations. Contributors to the GeMStones Scholarship Program are encouraged to honor family members, friends, or others who have contributed to the community in the best spirit of George Mason University’s mission of “creating an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.”

This scholarship benefits students enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) on the basis of academic merit. Scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee of CEHD faculty and staff.

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

  • Submit a completed online application by the deadline, including essay (maximum 300 words).
  • Be currently enrolled in a College of Education and Human Development program at the graduate or undergraduate level.
  • Meet a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 for undergraduate students and 3.5 for graduate students.
  • Write an essay on the following topic (maximum 300 words).
    Essay topic: Describe how you have contributed to "creating an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world" at George Mason.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to your academic merit, preferably a faculty member, mentor, or academic advisor. Please provide the following link to your recommender: https://gmucehd.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eDQavxyrxL5BXgO.
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 Counseling program within the School of Education.
  • 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 3.5 or higher).
  • Have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Write an essay on the following topic (maximum 300 words).
    Essay topic: Annette Gorn’s heritage and identity as an Irish woman played a strong role in her career at Mason counseling international students. Explain how your background will influence your style or strategy of building rapport and providing counseling services to clients.

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.
  • Exhibit a strong academic record and maintain good academic standing equivalent to a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Be enrolled full-time for fall 2021.
  • Have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Write an essay on the following topic (maximum 300 words).
    Essay topic: Tell us about how participating in the Mason LIFE program helps you reach your goals.

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 Endowed Scholarship, in collaboration with The Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning Program (ASTL) and the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), recognizes “excellence in teaching and learning.”

The purpose of the ASTL Program is to develop:

  • research-focused, student-centered teacher leaders whose teaching practice is aligned with the five Core Propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS);
  • teacher expertise in a selected content area;
  • competent, knowledgeable, critically- reflective professionals who support P-12 learning, work collaboratively with colleagues, families, and communities; and
  • teachers’ effective cultural and linguistic practices that impact student learning and support change agency in schools and classrooms.
  • The Joan Packer Isenberg Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a distinguished teacher enrolled in the ASTL Program at George Mason University 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 ASTL program at the George Mason University.
    • Have completed a minimum of the core course EDUC 612 (2 credits) AND another course (3 credits) in either the teacher’s area of specialization or the Core.
    • Exhibit a strong record of academic merit (cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher).
    • Provide information of currently employed school, including Head of School contact.
    • Write a statement for each of the following prompts:
      Using the four ASTL purposes listed, clearly address the following two areas.
      1. Provide evidence of how your ASTL coursework is helping you develop the critical knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for the highest quality of teaching and change agency.
      2. Upon completion of the ASTL degree, what further plans do you have for continued professional learning, growth, and leadership that apply your ASTL knowledge? How will your ASTL degree impact the educational work that you do?
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 fall 2021 semester.

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 2021 semester.
  • Write an essay on the following topic (maximum 300 words).
    Essay topic: Outline your research plan that is focused on individuals with disabilities.
  • Reference letter from the faculty advisor guiding your research, which should be submitted via the following link: https://gmucehd.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4PzNfAMopMpY1cG.

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 the following topic (maximum 300 words).
    Essay topic: Dr. Simin Redjali and Dr. Said Khadiri were innovators of education for young students in Iran and passionate advocators for early childhood education. Describe how your eagerness to teach young learners may impact future generations.

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 HMSF scholarship is presented to six students (divided between the fall and spring semesters) in the College of Education and Human Development who are in the final year of enrollment in an initial teacher preparation licensure program. 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:

  • 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 FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid.

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

  • 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), which should be submitted via the following link: https://gmucehd.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_88PkVxMM4KEYpfw

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

Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program (VTSLP)

Submission deadline: Monday, July 12, 2021

The primary purpose of the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program (VTSLP) is to provide financial support to students who are preparing to teach in one of Virginia's critical shortage teaching areas. The critical shortage teaching areas are determined annually through the Supply and Demand Survey for School Personnel, based on data received by school divisions in Virginia. Shortages in specific subject areas are derived from the top 10 academic disciplines identified by the survey as shortage fields. Scholarship recipients may fulfill the teaching obligation by accepting a teaching position, and teaching for at least two years in a school division where 50 percent or more of the students are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch.

Amount of Scholarship Loans

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

2021-2022 Eligibility Criteria

  • Be enrolled full-time or part-time in an approved (undergraduate or graduate level) teacher education program.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.
  • Be 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.

In addition, the candidates must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • be enrolled in a program leading to an endorsement in a critical shortage area as established by the Board of Education:
    1. Special Education
    2. Elementary Education PreK-6
    3. Middle Education Grades 6-8
    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. Library Media PreK-12
    10. Health and Physical Education

  • be a minority teacher candidate enrolled in any teacher endorsement area.

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

Recipients of VTSLP are expected to teach in the public schools of the Commonwealth in the first full academic year after becoming eligible for a renewable teaching license and shall fulfill the teaching obligation in accordance with the Promissory Note by teaching full-time under contract continuously in Virginia for at least two years in a school division

  • in one of the critical teacher shortage disciplines as established by the Board of Education; or
  • in a Virginia public school 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.

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

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 undergraduate students in the university 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.

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 a current student in the Athletic Training program.
  • Have at least a 3.0 overall GPA.

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

  • Complete Kyle Wilson Scholarship application
  • Resume
  • Personal statement on the following topic:
    You choose the title. Theme should be autobiographical in nature, describing the experiences that have shaped your life, your present activities, aspirations for the future, and why you should be considered for this award.
  • Faculty recommendation letter(s), which should be submitted via the following link: https://gmucehd.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dattKKsQvo3xunk

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.
    • Write an essay on the following topic (maximum 300 words).
      Essay topic: Explain how you assisted children in underserved communities, who suffer from intellectual or developmental disabilities. How have you helped these children overcome their challenges ? How do you plan to continue supporting children in disadvantaged communities?

    NOTE: Preference will be given to those serving non-English speaking communities who suffer from 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 the following topic (maximum 300 words).
    Essay topic: D. Jean Wu established the Wen Pei Wu Scholarship in the memory of her father, who instilled the desire for education in his children. Describe who or what inspired you to pursue a career in Education.

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

Awards:

Nominations are currently being accepted for awards denoted with “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