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Scholarships for Education Majors at Catawba College



Catawba College offers new incoming students and transfer students majoring in Education the opportunity to apply for the following Teaching Scholarships:

West Teaching Scholarship

The West Teaching Scholarship awards students in the education field up to $5,000 in addition to academic scholarships awarded by Catawba, with the exception of Socratic Scholarships. 

Essay Contest
Students applying for the West Scholarship may also enter an essay contest for an opportunity for a $10,000 scholarship award. One essay winner will be selected from qualified West Scholarship candidates. To enter the essay contest, submit your application for the West Scholarship online. Email your completed essay in response to the prompt below to Dr. Kim Creamer at Please note recipients of the $10,000 scholarship award are required to major or minor in Education and to successfully complete student teaching as part of their Teacher Education program at Catawba. Read More 

West Scholar Essay Contest Prompt: Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, once stated, “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” In 500-700 words, use this statement as a springboard to describe your own reasons for becoming a teacher. Your essay should speak specifically about how you will use your education major or minor to "change the world" and make a difference in the lives of your future students and the profession of teaching.

Eligibility for West Scholarships
In order to be eligible for these scholarships, students must have a GPA of 3.5. Conditional acceptance will be considered for a GPA of 3.2.SAT/ACT scores are optional (Note: Full West Scholars may submit SAT scores in order to seek exemption from the required Praxis CORE exam for entry to Teacher Education. An SAT score of 1170 is required for exemption from taking the Praxis CORE exam prior to admission to the Teacher Education during the sophomore year.)

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"Commit to Teacher Education" Scholarship

For students who do not qualify for the West Teaching Scholarship, the Teacher Education Department also offers the "Commit to Teacher Education Scholarship." Recipients of this scholarship will receive $1000 per year, with an increase to $2000 per year once successfully accepted in the Teacher Education program. To apply, complete the online application for the scholarship, noting your intent to major or minor in Education. To continue to receive the scholarship, recipients must declare a major or minor in Education by the end of their first semester, qualify for admittance to Teacher Education for the junior year, and complete the coursework required for the major or minor selected in Education. 

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Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS)

In addition to Catawba’s educational scholarships, applicants interested in teaching may want to consider Forgivable Education Loans for Service. (FELS)

Forgivable Education Loans for Service “provide financial assistance to qualified students enrolled in an approved education program and committed to working in critical employment shortage professions in North Carolina.”

Currently the approved programs/shortage professions include teachers of math, science, middle grades, and special education. FELS loan recipients are required to teach in an approved position in a North Carolina school in order to repay the loan; generally, a loan for one academic year will be forgiven for one year of full-time employment. 

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