Scholarships for Education Students

Scholarships for Education Students Who Plan to Teach-A General Overview

The National Association for Campus Activities has an array of scholarship programs to support involvement of students at both the undergraduate and graduate level to participate in its national events with a multicultural focus.

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Boston Teachers College Scholarship

Established in 1997 by alumni from the Teacher's College of the City of Boston, and the State Teachers College at Boston, this scholarship was given by class members who graduated between the 1920's and 1960. To pay tribute to the superior teacher preparation enjoyed by alumni and to serve as a permanent reminder of the fond memories and reminiscences of their college years, friends and classmates donated generously in the name of the Boston Teachers College Scholarship. The endowed scholarship, which grows each year with additional gifts from classmates, supports one or more worthy students who are studying to become teachers through the Teacher Certification program at UMass Boston. Financial support is awarded to students who are in the student teaching phase of the teacher preparation. The intent is to assist students so that "Education for Service", the motto of the Teachers College remains vital. Students must be entering the student teaching portion of their program as undergraduates, be  Massachusetts residents, and have need as defined by the scholarship committee. Additional criteria may apply.


Jennie M. Russo Scholarship Fund

The Russo Scholarship complements The Boston Teachers Scholarship Fund that was established in 1996 by alumni of the Teachers College of the City of Boston and State Teachers College at Boston, both predecessor institutions of UMass Boston. The Russo Scholarship supports high achieving education students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Special consideration is given to those in the student teaching phase of their program. 


Jean Marie Doyle and Pamela Strong Foundation Scholarship

The Doyle/Strong Scholarship is given in loving memory of two Boston State College graduates who died in the prime of their lives. The gift is given by Lorraine Kelly–Alessi, the sister of Jean Doyle and the friend of Pamela Strong. Both women taught elementary school in Boston. The scholarship is for students entering or presently enrolled in a UMass Boston graduate education program, who also received their bachelor’s degree from UMass Boston or Boston State College.  Student must be planning to teach after graduation.


Frederick W. and Josephine Pannier McCarthy Scholarship

The Frederick W. and Josephine Pannier McCarthy Scholarship was established in 1997 through a generous gift to the University of Massachusetts Boston by the Frederick W. McCarthy Foundation, which was established by Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy’s son Frederick W. McCarthy Jr. The scholarship is a memorial to both parents, but especially honors Josephine Pannier McCarthy’s outstanding commitment as a Boston public school teacher for more than thirty years. Mrs. McCarthy was a 1931 graduate of the Teachers College of the City of Boston.

As a tribute to the preparation Josephine Pannier McCarthy received to pursue her teaching career, the Frederick W. McCarthy Foundation wishes to support both the College of Education and Human Development and deserving students enrolled in teacher preparation programs at UMass Boston, providing these students with access to superior public higher education and helping them to realize their aspirations to become school teachers. The scholarship is awarded annually to students who demonstrate meritorious academic achievement, who work to help finance their education and who have need for assistance with their college expenses.


Haverty Scholars and Fellows in Education

The Haverty Scholars and Fellows in Education award has been established by Mr. and Mrs. John Cullinane to assist academically successful students at UMass Boston who are in an Education program and plan to dedicate a portion of their teaching careers to the Boston area public schools.  The award recognizes both graduate and undergraduate students.


Clare B. Conway Endowed Fund

Clare B. Conway is a 1947 graduate of the Teachers College of the City of Boston. This scholarship provides students with superior access to public higher education while helping them to realize their aspirations to become schoolteachers. It is awarded to students enrolled in the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program who demonstrate meritorious academic achievement, who work to help finance their education, and who have need for assistance with their college expenses.


Terrance Raymond and Jean B. Hood Endowed Scholarship

The Terrance Raymond and Jean B. Hood Endowed Scholarship Fund has been established by former UMass Boston Chancellor Sherry H. Penny,in honor of her parents.  The scholarship supports academically successful students who are enrolled in a teacher preparation program, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. 


Class of 1928 Scholarship

Open to undergraduate students who are preparing to teach at the elementary/early childhood level.


Genevieve Keohane Burlingame Scholarship

The Genevieve Keohane Burlingame Scholarship is given annually to one or more students who believe in the Boston Teachers College credo Education for Service, and demonstrate that by their choice of teaching as a career. This very generous gift to University of Massachusetts students was made by a distinguished member of the Boston Teacher's College Class of 1946, Genevieve Keohane Burlingame, whose love of teaching and of the West Roxbury/Roslindale neighborhood of Boston where generations of her family resided compelled her to support Boston's youth. The scholarship will be awarded to a student of high moral character who demonstrates both intellectual achievement and financial need and who shows promise of exhibiting creativity in the classroom. Open to undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in an Education program. Special consideration will be given to those who graduated from or who are working in a Boston school and to those who reside in the West Roxbury/Roslindale neighborhood. 


The Madden-Quigley Scholarship

Applicants must be undergraduates majoring in English or mathematics, have completed at least 80 degree credits, and have a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average.


The Judith Galer Kohn Endowed Scholarship Fund

Applicants must be Massachusetts residents and enrolled in the Program for Teacher Certification.


Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship

The American poet Amy Lowell died in 1925. Her will established an annual scholarship to support travel abroad for gifted American-born poets. The scholarship is administered by the Trustees under her will at the law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, Massachusetts.


Aspiring Educator Scholarship

This is the Aspiring Educator Scholarship Program for persons who have chosen this valuable career path. Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university and are majoring in a state-approved special education or related service program.



New England—China Scholarship Program

This program provides the opportunity for students to spend up to one (1) year abroad in China-studying the Chinese language and other disciplines, experiencing the culture and visiting world-famous historical landmarks. Tuition and fees for scholarship recipients will be covered by the Beijing Municipal Education Commission. Students have been able to use the scholarships to begin study in China since fall 2009.