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:
The West Teaching Scholarship awards students in the education field up to $12,000 in addition to academic scholarships awarded by Catawba, except for Socratic Scholarships.
Eligibility for West Scholarships
In order to be eligible for these scholarships, students must have a GPA of 3.5. and must submit SAT or ACT scores in order to qualify for exemption from the required Praxis CORE exam for entry to Teacher Education. An SAT score of 1170 or ACT score of 24 is required. Applicants must also submit a letter of recommendation and essay response.
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The Opportunities in Education Scholarship awards students interested in the field of education up to $10,000 in addition to academic scholarships awarded by Catawba, except for Socratic Scholarships.
Eligibility for Opportunities in Education Scholarships
The Opportunities in Education Scholarship is designed to provide more affordable post-secondary access to college and to encourage the pursuit of opportunities in the field of education. Applicants have the opportunity to demonstrate commitment, work ethic, and academic promise in a variety of ways, in lieu of traditional test scores and essays. Eligibility for these scholarships requires a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.0.
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For students who do not qualify for either the West Teaching Scholarship or Opportunities in Education Scholarship, the Teacher Education Department also offers the "Commit to Teacher Education Scholarship." Recipients of this scholarship will receive $2000 per year, with an increase to $4000 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 freshman year, qualify for admittance to Teacher Education for the junior year, and complete the coursework required for the major or minor selected in Education.
In addition to Catawba’s educational scholarships, applicants interested in teaching may want to consider funding from TeachNC. You can find information specific to Catawba below:
Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS)
In addition to Catawba’s educational scholarships, applicants interested in teaching may also want to consider Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS). FELS provides 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.
Applications and information can be found below:
Applicants interested in pursuing a major in Elementary Education should also note the opportunity for participation in an apprenticeship program with the local school system (RSS) during the junior and senior years of their education coursework at Catawba. This program includes pre-apprenticeship (junior year) and apprenticeship (senior year) at the Koontz Elementary Lab School. Participants receive a stipend for the junior year internship ($5000) and a paid, year-long student teaching experience ($20,000), in addition to education scholarship funding received from Catawba. Participants in this apprenticeship program receive contracts for at two-years of employment in Rowan-Salisbury Schools upon completion of their program.