Student Scholarships

Each year, College of Education students receive substantial financial support through scholarships reserved for students pursuing a career in education.

  • During the 2020-2021 school year, 23 students received education scholarships - a total of $43,950 
  • During the 2019-2020 school year, 30 students received education scholarships - a total of $42,700

Scholarship Application Information

Candidates in both initial certification and graduate programs are eligible to apply. These scholarship opportunities are made possible by the generosity of individuals and organizations dedicated to the preparation of high-quality educators.

Please note that an essay is required for most College of Education scholarships. Each essay should describe how the particular scholarship will benefit you and should address the specific eligibility criteria for the scholarship.


To find scholarships for College of Education students and first-generation students, use the scholarships list on this page. There is a search filter that allows you to search for specific scholarships by entering a keyword. You can view the criteria for specific scholarships by selecting "View" next to each scholarship title.

Scholarships

Scholarship Name Scholarship Available to Award amount Level Application Due
Alex Aninos Music Education Scholarship Music Education majors Varies
  • Undergraduate
  • March 1st
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Amos Sanders Jr. Memorial Scholarship First generation students; TRIO participants $1,000
  • Undergraduate
  • March 1st
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Battle Creek Public Schools Student Teaching Scholarship Full-time undergraduate students who plan to student teach in Battle Creek Varies; provides full tuition coverage for all required semester courses
  • Undergraduate
  • February 1st
  • September 15th
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Be the Change Scholarship Preference given to first generation students Varies
  • Undergraduate
  • March 1st
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Cheryl Barnhard First Generation Chemistry Scholarship First generation Chemistry majors Varies
  • Undergraduate
  • June 21st
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College of Education Future Teacher Scholarship Full-time undergraduate Varies; non-renewable
  • Undergraduate
  • March 1st
  • October 15th
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David G. and Mary L. Annis Education Scholarship Full-time First-year student pursuing teaching Varies
  • Undergraduate
  • March 1st
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David G. and Mary L. Annis Graduate Teacher Certification (GTC) Scholarship Full-time GTC graduate Varies; non-renewable
  • GTC
  • March 1st
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Detroit Charter School Student Teaching Scholarship Full-time undergraduate students who student teach at a GVSU authorized charter school in Detroit Varies; provides full tuition coverage for all required semester courses
  • Undergraduate
  • February 1st
  • September 15th
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Devon Smiley Legacy Scholarship Students pursing teaching degree; especially SPED students $1,500
  • Undergraduate
  • March 1st
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Dr. Jeanne J. Arnold First Generation Urban Schools Scholarship First generation undergraduate students Varies
  • Undergraduate
  • March 1st
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Dr. Nancy K. Mack and Katherine Klemit Mack Memorial Scholarship Elementary Education students; Sophomore or higher standing Varies
  • Undergraduate
  • March 1st
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Dr. Ronald Ward Scholarship Math and Sciences majors $250 to $5,000
  • Undergraduate
  • March 1st
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Dr. Sara Kane-Smart Scholarship in Honor of the Children's Advocacy Center in Holland Psychology Majors Varies
  • Undergraduate
  • March 1st
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English Faculty Scholarship for New Majors First-generation English majors Varies
  • Undergraduate
  • March 1st
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Faculty Teaching and Learning Center (FTLC) Endowment Scholarship for Minority Students in Education Full-time undergraduate or part-time graduate Varies; maximum $2,000
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • March 1st
  • October 15th
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Frederik Meijer Opportunity Scholarship First generation students Varies
  • Undergraduate
  • March 1st
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Graduate Teacher Certification (GTC) Scholarship Full-time GTC graduate Varies
  • GTC
  • March 1st
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Green Family First Generation College of Education Scholarship First generation students; students pursuing education Varies
  • Undergraduate
  • March 1st
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Greta and Arthur DeLong Scholarship Full-time undergraduate or graduate Varies per semester; non-renewable
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • March 1st
  • October 15th
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Holliday-Willey Psychology Scholarship for the Study of Autism Spectrum Disorders Psychology or CSAT majors Varies
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • March 1st
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Howard and Rose Stein Biology Scholarship Junior undergraduate students; Biology Majors Up to $2,000
  • Undergraduate
  • March 1st
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Ira Brad Memorial Scholarship TRIO participants Varies
  • Undergraduate
  • March 1st
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J. Patrick Sandro Education Scholarship Full-time undergraduate Varies; renewable for a total of six semesters
  • Undergraduate
  • March 1st
  • October 15th
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Joan Panopoulos Scholarship TRIO participants; GRPS graduates Varies
  • Undergraduate
  • March 1st
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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.

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