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CSUSM Scholarships & Grants

Scholarship/Grant Name Subjects/Speciality Description Application Deadline

A. Sandy Parsons Scholarship

Master of Arts Candidate in Education: Special Education Specialist Option

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.

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A. Sandy Parsons Application April 15, 2021

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Bilingual Authorization Program


The grant awards 25 stipends of $3,000 annually to teacher candidates who successfully complete the Bilingual Authorization Program in conjunction with their teacher credential program in the School of Education, CSUSM. 

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Dual Language Certificate

Inservice teachers/educators complete the online Dual Language Certificate for advanced certification in dual language and multilingual education, a CSUSM conferred certification. The grant awards 25 stipends of $3,000 annually to educators who successfully complete the Dual Language Certificate.

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Noyce Teacher Scholars Program

 Math and Science

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.

Noyce Application April 16, 2021

Cougar Math and Science Teacher (CMST) Scholarship

 Math and Science

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.

CMST Application  Apply by August 15, 2021

CSUSM Learning Assistant Program

Math and Science

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. 

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External Education-Focused Opportunities

Scholarship/Grant Name Subjects/Speciality Description Application Deadline

Teach Grant

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.
TEACH Grant Informational PowerPoint

More information

Teach Grant Application Through FAFSA March 2, 2021

California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA)
CalRTA Scholarship


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.
More information

CalRTA Application  March 8, 2021

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.
More information

DKG Application  April 8, 2021

Golden State Teacher Grant Program

High-Need Field

A “high-need field” means any of the following:
(1) Bilingual education.
(2) Mathematics or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including career technical education in STEM areas.
(3) Science.
(4) Special education.
(5) Multiple subject instruction.
(6) Other subjects as designated annually by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing based on an analysis of the availability of teachers in California pursuant to Education Code Section 44225.6.

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.

Golden State Teacher Grant  

CSU Microsoft Scholarship Program

credential students in CSU single-subject mathematics or science teacher
preparation programs

The CSU Microsoft Scholarship Program was established for CSU credential students. The $5,000
scholarship is designed to serve candidates in CSU single-subject mathematics or science teacher
preparation programs and is available to those committed to teaching in a high-need school for at
least two years. The scholarship recognizes candidates who demonstrate a financial need and have
attributes of merit, including excellent academic performance, significant personal achievements
and community service. All potentially eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

CSU Microsoft Application

See program information for full application details

Apply by June 30, 2021

Send complete application, personal statement, unofficial transcript(s), and letter of endorsement to 

A. Sandy Parsons Scholarship

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 2021 semester.  

  • Eligibility:
    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.

 A. Sandy Parsons Application Deadline to Apply: Thursday, April 15, 2021