THE WINDOW FOR 2018-19 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS IS now closed. please check back in january 2019.

The Professional Education Department has approximately 30 scholarship endowment funds. Applications, instructions and other materials for the scholarships can be picked up in the Professional Education Office, BE 339.

Applications are due in February each year for the following school year. The specific due date will be posted when available. Return completed scholarship application folders to the Professional Education Office, BE 339. Applications will not be accepted after the due date. Applicants will not be eligible for any scholarship if requirements are not specifically met. Failure to follow directions exactly will result in disqualification.

Awardees will be notified by letter prior to the end of March. Awardees are expected to write a thank you letter to the endowment donor.

Post baccalaureate students are not eligible for awards. Do not apply if you will graduate by the following summer.

Students who have received departmental scholarships in the past do not automatically receive a scholarship again. Applicants must apply each year with the same potential opportunity.

Scholarship Requirements

  1. You must have at least sophomore status by next Fall Semester to apply, although most of the scholarships require junior and/or senior status. The Ray Nelson scholarship is one exception and is limited to entering freshman.
  2. You must have an overall grade point average of at least 2.50 as of the end of the prior Fall Semester. Some scholarships require higher GPAs, but the selection committee will match your application to one of those.

Note: Although the scholarship money is usually divided between the two semesters of the academic year, recipients who will finish in the upcoming Fall Semester with their student teaching may have all of the funds awarded during one semester.

Scholarship List & Requirements 2018-2019



  1. Typed or word-processed two-page paper describing your personal vision of the kind of teacher that you hope to become.  Address any specific qualities you possess that may qualify you for specific scholarships.
  2. Typed or word processed one-page paper describing your financial need for scholarship assistance.  BE SPECIFIC.  A number of scholarships consider financial need as one of the selection criteria.
  3. Include information that addresses specific requirements for individual scholarships.
    Volunteer experience, examples of cultural diversity and single parenting are some of specific requirements for select scholarships.  If you have volunteer experience, please provide a list of the organizations and types of experience you gained.  Please document cultural diversity by submitting a brief essay (1 page or less) detailing your experience and commitment to expanding your cultural diversity.
  4. Submit an unofficial transcript (Academic Record) from BSU with your application.  The transcript must be included by you in the folder.  Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to apply.  Applications submitted with a transcript showing less than a 2.5 GPA will not be considered.  A DARS report is not a transcript.  If a DARS is submitted instead of a transcript, your application will automatically be disqualified.

Questions about Professional Education Scholarships can be directed to:

Teresa LaFriniere
BSU Professional Education Department
Office: 218-755-2934