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Scholarships and Grants

California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA)

Teachers Never Stop Caring…

As members of CalRTA we continue to show our support for California’s youth and current teachers by sponsoring scholarships and teacher grants. Year after year — at both the state and Division levels — CalRTA provides this financial support. Last year, CalRTA awarded nearly $600,000. In addition, the Laura E. Settle Scholarship Foundation, named after CalRTA’s founder, has bestowed millions of dollars in scholarships to California’s future teachers since it was created more than 50 years ago.

The Scholarship Foundation Inc. is awarding scholarships to students who are enrolled/plan to enroll in the teacher credentialing program at a School of Education within the CSU or UC System for the upcoming year. Scholarships of $1500 will be awarded.

Deadline to Apply: April 10, 2017


CSUSM Noyce Teacher Scholars Program

Noyce Scholarship Flyer

The CSUSM Noyce Teacher Scholars program offers junior and senior math and science majors forgivable loans of up to $12,000 per academic year. Students may accept the award for one, two, or three years, with a two-year commitment to teach mathematics or science in a high need school district for each year the award is accepted.

For more information, visit the Noyce Teacher Scholars Program page.

Cougar Math and Science Teacher (CMST) Scholarship

The CSUSM Cougar Mathematics and Science Teacher (CMST) Scholars program, funded by the CSU Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI), responds to the critical need for secondary teachers of mathematics and science by encouraging talented students and professionals to pursue teaching careers.

For more information, visit the Science and Mathematics Teaching Scholarships page.

CSUSM Learning Assistant Program

The CSUSM LA program is part of CSUSM's Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI). One goal of this initiative is to find talented science and math majors who are interested in high school teaching as a result of their LA experience. LAs are undergraduates who serve as learning coaches in structured activities. They are students who have excelled in the course in previous semesters, and they work with the instructor to improve student learning in the course.  LAs receive a scholarship based on the specific time commitments associated with their assignments.

For more information, visit the Learning Assistant Program page on the CSUSM STEM@CSUSM website.

A. Sandy Parsons Scholarship, Spring 2017

The purpose of this scholarship is to support the Master of Arts Candidate in Education: Special Education Specialist Option in pursuing completion of their project/thesis that focuses on the delivery of services to children with severe disabilities and their families.

Scholarship Description:

Students who complete this application will be considered for The A. Sandy Parsons Pathways to Completion Scholarship to be awarded for the spring 2016 semester.

 All students must submit a letter of intent (see application for details), along with their application.

Student Eligibility:

Minimum Requirements for Cal State San Marcos Scholarships:

  • Must be enrolled at Cal State San Marcos in at least 5 units in the spring 2016 semester as a Graduate Student.
  • 3.5 or higher GPA
  • Must be admitted to and enrolled in a program of study leading to a graduate degree in Education, Special Education emphasis.
  • Copy of Masters Degree Planning Form which includes proof of course work in Special Education Specialist Credential Moderate-Severe Disabilities concentration.
  • Copy of Advancement to Candidacy Form

Deadline to Apply: Monday, April 17, 2017



Teach Grant

The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.

As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach:

  • in a high-need field
  • at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families
  • for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant.