Master of Education Scholarship Program

The Grand Valley State University Charter Schools Office is pleased to offer financial support to teachers and administrators employed within our portfolio of schools who wish to participate in graduate courses offered by the GVSU College of Education (COE) and Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department (IRIS) , leading to:

  • Professional Master of Arts in Social Innovation - NEW Addition!
  • Master of Education Degrees (M.Ed.)
  • Educational Specialist Degrees (Ed.S.)
  • Michigan Provisional Certifications
  • Michigan Professional Certifications
  • Michigan Administrator Certifications
  • Michigan School Counseling licenses and endorsements
  • Michigan certification renewals and approvals
  • Content area endorsements
  • Professional development

All graduate level courses offered by the GVSU College of Education are eligible for scholarship funds, including EDR 612 and EDR 613 (now offered online).

Graduate Degrees and Offered Emphases

Social Innovation (M.A) - NEW Addition!

Higher Education (M.Ed.)

  • Adult and Higher Education
  • College Student Affairs Leadership

Instruction and Curriculum (M.Ed.)

  • Early Childhood Education (ZS)
  • Educational Differentiation
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Level Education

Leadership (M.Ed.)

  • Educational Leadership
  • Special Education Administration

Literacy Studies (M.Ed.)

  • Reading/Language Arts
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Special Education (M.Ed.)

  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Emotional Impairment
  • Learning Disabilities

Educational Technology

  • Traditional/Hybrid Educational Technology M.Ed. Program
  • Online M.Ed. in Educational Technology 
  • Graduate Certificate in Online/Blended Instruction

Educational Specialist in Leadership (Ed.S.)

Graduate Endorsements

Eligibility Criteria

  • Scholarships are based on the availability of funds each semester and are awarded on a first come, first serve basis for those who complete all requirements. 
  • Only individuals employed at GVSU authorized charter schools, in full-time positions requiring a teaching or administrator certificate, are eligible for the scholarship.
  • Scholarship funds are limited to twelve (12) credits per person, per academic year (Fall Semester through Spring/Summer Semester).
  • In order to receive scholarship funds, applicants must complete the scholarship application before each semester.
  • Starting Fall 2019 Semester:
    • 50% tuition coverage for those with less than five years of employment
    • 80% tuition coverage for those with five or more years of employment at current GVSU authorized school
    • Anyone who has received 80% tuition reimbursement prior to Spring/Summer 2019 Semester will continue to receive this reimbursement through program completion (if accepted into the program prior to Spring/Summer 2019 Semester).

Important Dates

Winter 2020 Semester
March 18th - January 10th - Course Registration Open
November 1st at 8 p.m. - December 6th at 5 p.m. - Scholarship Program Application Open *No scholarship requests will be approved after December 6th!*
December 13th at 5 p.m. - Tuition Payment Deadline
January 6th - Courses Begin

Scholarship Program Application

Winter 2020 Semester - Open November 1st at 8 p.m. - December 6th at 5 p.m.


Scholarship Eligibility and Application 
GVSU Charter Schools Office
Jayme Lesperance

Program Application and Course Registration
College of Education
Amy Dunn

Program Advising
College of Education
Suzanne Richards

Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
Wendy Burns-Ardolino

Tuition and Billing 
Student Accounts
Jody Reid

Office of Financial Aid

NHA Reimbursement