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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 McCorkle 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.

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 combined SAT score (quantitative + critical reading scores) of 1170 RSAT/24 ACT and a GPA of 3.4. Conditional acceptance will be considered for 1070 RSAT/21ACT and a GPA of 3.4.

Please take time to apply for the West Teaching scholarship at Catawba College!

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  • An inspiring, supportive learning community of peers, business and community leaders, and faculty
  • Transformative participation in leadership seminars, community, service, and scholarly researched presentations
  • Early, real world field experiences beginning in the freshman year
  • Regional travel opportunities and cultural events
  • Training in the integration of technology to enhance student learning
  • Catawba College's nationally accredited Teacher Education Program
  • A wellness program
  • A rich tradition of Teacher Education excellence since 1925
  • A strong history of employment after graduation
  • Optional international study opportunities, such as a summer term in Costa Rica
  • Professional development seminars featuring national speakers
  • Freshman retreats
  • Mentoring program

about the west teaching scholars

pathway.jpgThe first cohort of 14 West Teaching Scholars entered Catawba College as first-year students in the fall of the 2007-2008 academic year. These education majors, who came to Catawba from both inside and outside of the State of North Carolina demonstrated leadership, community involvement and a strong commitment to teaching. Each of them also completed a special scholarship application for students in this education program. 

The West Teaching Scholars at Catawba College are so designated in honor of College alumna, trustee and former Teacher Education faculty member, Dr. Martha Kirkland West of Salisbury, N.C.

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