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Student Scholarships

Scholarship Overview

Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities.

Each semester, faculty from Grand Valley State University's College of Education considers scholarship opportunities for candidates in both initial certification and graduate programs. These scholarship opportunities have been made possible by the generosity of individuals and organizations dedicated to the preparation of teachers and other educators.

Scholarship Directions

Scholarship applications are due March 1 and October 15. Students apply online through the GVSU's Financial Aids Office by following the application process below.

Application process:

  • Please note that a two-page essay is required for each scholarship to which you are applying. Each essay should describe how the particular scholarship will benefit you, and should address the specific eligibility criteria for the scholarship.
  • To apply, go to the university scholarship website at: www.gvsu.edu/scholarships/ and click on "myScholarships" to login. Once you login to myScholarships, you will be able to apply for the scholarship(s) of your choice. Selecting "opportunity" will allow you to view all GVSU scholarships available. If you search on "College of Education" in the in the search box, you should see the scholarships described below.

David G. and Mary L. Annis Graduate Teacher Certification (GTC) Scholarship

Scholarship Available to: Full-time GTC graduate

Award amount: Varies; non-renewable

Criteria for applying:

  • Hold bachelor’s degree in teachable major or minor
  • Admitted to College of Education
  • Financial need required
  • Free Application for Federal 
  • Student Aid (FAFSA) filed

Application due: March 1


College of Education Future Teacher Scholarship

Scholarship Available to: Full-time undergraduate

Award amount: Varies; non-renewable

Criteria for applying:

  • Admitted to College of Education
  • Student Teaching semester only
  • Demonstrate leadership & character through extra-curricular activities, service & volunteer involvement in schools & community, and pursuit of professional development opportunities
  • Free Application for Federal 
  • Student Aid (FAFSA) filed

Application due: October 15 or March 1


Greta and Arthur DeLong Scholarship

Scholarship Available to: Full-time undergraduate or graduate

Award amount: Varies per semester; non-renewable

Criteria for applying:

  • Preference given to students with disabilities
  • Demonstrated interest in cognitive learning
  • Admitted to College of Education
  • 3.0 or better cumulative GPA
  • Financial need considered
  • Free Application for Federal 
  • Student Aid (FAFSA) filed

Application due: October 15 or March 1


Faculty Teaching and Learning Center (FTLC) Endowment Scholarship for Minority Students in Education

Scholarship Available to: Full-time undergraduate or part-time graduate

Award amount: Varies; maximum $2,000

Criteria for applying:

  • Racial minority
  • Admitted to College of Education
  • 3.0 or better cumulative GPA
  • Financial need considered
  • Free  Application for Federal 
  • Student Aid (FAFSA) filed

Application due: October 15 or March 1


Kenneth & Irene Fridsma Special Education Scholarship

Scholarship Available to: Full-time undergraduate

Award amount: Varies; renewable for total of six semesters

Criteria for applying:

  • Admitted to College of Education Special Education program
  • 3.2 or better cumulative GPA
  • Financial need considered
  • Free  Application for Federal 
  • Student Aid (FAFSA) filed

Application due: March 1


Graduate Teacher Certification (GTC) Scholarship

Scholarship Available to: Full-time GTC graduate

Award amount: Varies

Criteria for applying:

  • 3.5 or better cumulative GPA in approved teachable major and/or last 60 credits of undergraduate work
  • Admitted to College of Education
  • Financial need required
  • Free Application for Federal 
  • Student Aid (FAFSA) filed

Application due: March 1


Mack-Jackson African American Teacher Scholarship

Scholarship Available to: Full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate

Award amount: Varies; renewable for a total of two semesters; maximum of $1,000 per student

Criteria for applying:

  • African American heritage
  • Admitted to College of Education
  • Must be seeking initial teacher certification
  • 3.0 or better cumulative GPA
  • Financial need considered
  • Free Application for Federal 
  • Student Aid (FAFSA) filed

Application due: October 15 or March 1


PNC Early Childhood Education Scholarship

Scholarship Available to: Full-time or part-time graduate

Award amount: Maximum $6,000 per student; renewable for 3 semesters for full-time students; 6 semesters for part-time students; minimum of 6 credit hours per semester

Criteria for applying:

  • Admitted to College of Education Early Childhood program
  • Demonstrates a commitment to teaching in underserved or at-risk school districts in West Michigan; preference given to teachers in Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • 3.0 or better cumulative GPA

Application due: October 15


Joe E. Reid Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Available to: Full-time undergraduate or graduate

Award amount: Varies

Criteria for applying: Admitted to a College of Education Special Education program

Application due: October 15 or March 1


J. Patrick Sandro Education Scholarship

Scholarship Available to: Full-time undergraduate

Award amount: Varies; renewable for a total of six semesters

Criteria for applying:

  • Admitted to College of Education
  • Demonstrated passion for children, leadership potential and a commitment to education
  • Financial need required
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filed

Application due: October 15 or March 1


Paul '81 and Pamela '80 Schweitzer Scholarship

Scholarship Available to: Full-time undergraduate

Award amount: Varies

Criteria for applying:

  • Admitted to College of Education
  • 3.3 or better cumulative GPA
  • Preference given to first generation students
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filed

Application due: March 1


Telephone Pioneers of America Scholarship

Scholarship Available to: Full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate

Award amount: Varies; up to three credit hours of Michigan resident tuition awarded twice per year

Criteria for applying:

  • Admitted to College of Education
  • Preference given to relatives of Telephone Pioneers of America members who conduct fundraising and community service activities

Application due: October 15 or March 1


Other Teacher Education Scholarships

Other scholarships that are available for teacher education majors that are not administered by the College of Education are:

  • David G. and Mary L. Annis Education Scholarship
  • Ira Brad Memorial Scholarship
  • Huizenga Biology Education Scholarship
  • Dr. Nancy K. Mack & Katherine Klemit Mack Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  • Joan A. Panopoulos Endowed Scholarship
  • Steele and Mary Taylor Pathway to Education Scholarship
  • Margaret F. Ward Music Scholarship

Visit www.gvsu.edu/scholarships/ for information and applications.