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Looking for financial aid, scholarships, and grants to support your studies? Explore the links and read the information provided on this page to learn more about the opportunities for financial support. 

SOE-involved Opportunities

  • A. Sandy Parsons Scholarship

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

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

    Student Eligibility:

    • Must be enrolled at Cal State San Marcos in at least 5 units in the Spring 2020 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. 
  • 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 SOE MSTI page
  • 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.

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

Internal Education-Focused Opportunities

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  • Clifford S. Northway Memorial Scholarship

    Scholarship for student from the College of Education, working on either a Teaching Credential or Master degree, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

  • Margaret Toppel Memorial Scholarship

    Scholarships are awarded to College of Education, Teaching Credential students, who have a 3.00 or higher GPA and financial need. Can also be awarded to students as undergraduate Liberal Studies major and/or to students as graduate students in the Master’s in Education programs.

  • Carroll Memorial Scholarship

    Eligible students must be enrolled in the College of Education program, have Financial Need, be enrolled as a full-time student, and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.

  • John Storey Endowment

    Scholarships will be awarded to students who demonstrate financial need with average academic achievement. To benefit both full and part-time undergraduate or graduate students.

  • Peggy Adams Memorial Scholarship

    Scholarships are awarded to students who have experienced a break in their education, have overcome obstacles such as single parenthood, divorce, illness and/or loss of employment.

  • Carol Cox Scholarship
    Scholarships are awarded to students who are resuming their education after an extended break and demonstrate financial need.

External Education-Focused Opportunities

  • Teach Grant
    The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is available for selected postbaccalaureate and master’s programs and plans in education. The TEACH Grant is actually a grant/loan combination that requires a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS), as the grant will convert to unsubsidized loan in the future if contracted teaching obligations are not met.
  • California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA)
    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.
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  • Delta Kappa Gamma, Beta Delta Chapter
    Each year, the Beta Delta Chapter awards an Encouragement Grant of $1,500 for a student teacher.  The goal of the grant is to provide the recipient of this grant with monies to support efforts which enhance opportunities to achieve educational goals.
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  • Golden State Teacher Grant Program

    The Golden State Teacher Grant program (GSTG) is for students who are currently enrolled in a teacher preparation program to earn a credential in the high need field of special education and commit to teach at a priority school, in California for four years, within five years after completing a teacher preparation program.

    GSTG awards of up to $20,000 are available to eligible, currently enrolled students in California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved teacher preparation programs within a California institution of higher education.   College and University campuses will use their own selection criteria and procedures to identify eligible students.

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