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Scholarship Application Process

Scholarships offered by Lewis & Clark for new MAT preservice students do not require separate application. Faculty will review admissions applications and recommend applicants for specific scholarships. Applications received by the published application deadline will be considered for scholarships. Financial need as determined by a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information is considered when awarding scholarships.

How to be considered for Lewis & Clark MAT Preservice scholarships

1. Submit your application and all supporting materials by January 5, 2020.

2. Submit your FAFSA. Some scholarships are need-based. The FAFSA information is used to determine eligibility.  Oregon residents who are undocumented should submit the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA).

Lewis & Clark Scholarships

Lewis & Clark offers a variety of scholarships for prospective teachers. Scholarships amounts, based on endowment earnings and other external influences, generally range from $500 to $6,000. The graduate school does not offer any full cost scholarships. The list below includes scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. This list is subject to change.

Laurie W. and Paul M. Copley Annual Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a new or continuing student enrolled in the Social Studies endorsement program. Financial need is considered.

The Donna C. Dermond Scholarship
Donna Dermond received an MAT in Language Arts in 1989 and has a deep commitment to supporting higher education for students pursuing graduate studies in education. This scholarship is awarded annually to a new or continuing student pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Lewis & Clark who demonstrates honesty, integrity, respect, perseverance, and an overall high standard of personal conduct. Financial need is considered when awarding this scholarship.

Carol D. Dimich Memorial Scholarship
Awarded annually to a nontraditional MAT student, this scholarship was established in memory of Carol D. Dimich who was a graduate student in education at Lewis & Clark at the time of her death. 

Far West Recycling Math/Science Scholarship
Awarded to a new, entering student who intends to teach mathematics or science at the middle or high school level. In addition to fluency in both English and Spanish, candidates should have a record of committed service to low-income, recently immigrated, Spanish-speaking communities in the United States.

Allen Frawley ’51 Scholarship
Awarded to a new student enrolled in the secondary program in the content area of art, science, or social studies. Preference is given to students with demonstrated financial need and who are the first in their families to have graduated from college.

Hall Agre Family Scholarship
This scholarshiop is awarded to a new student enrolled in the MAT Elementary program.

Helen E. Holt Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to one student newly admitted to the MAT preservice program who demonstrates an intention to serve diverse student populations, possesses a strong academic background, and shows potential as a future teacher.

Kurkinen Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Dorothy Kurkinen for students “who are getting their degrees after a lengthy hiatus.” Her goal was to help students attain advanced education, despite the complications of adult life in a complex world. This scholarship is awarded to one new, entering MAT student.

Mary Stuart Rogers Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to new, entering MAT preservice students whose outstanding academic achievements are complemented by qualities of leadership, dedication, integrity, compassion, sensitivity, and self-discipline. A minimum academic GPA of 3.2 is required.

The Renaissance Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is for the purpose of supporting students admitted to Lewis & Clark’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program who are considered first generation students. First generation is defined as neither parent(s) (nor guardians) has earned a bachelor’s degree in the U.S. or a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any other country. The application will become available after January 1.

Additional Scholarship and Grant Information

The scholarships listed below are offered by outside organizations and will require an scholarship application. Please read instructions carefully.

Oregon Teachers Scholar Program (due March 2 2020)
Oregon Teacher Scholars is a new program to help diversify Oregon’s educator workforce. The Oregon Teacher Scholar Program offers scholarships of $5,000 a year (for up to two years) for culturally or linguistically diverse teacher candidates for use at a state-approved educator preparation provider (Lewis & Clark is state approved). In addition to the scholarship, the program will provide recipients with mentoring, networking opportunities, and other resources. Go to the Oregon Teachers Scholars Program  and follow the instructions that you will find above the Apply for the Scholarship button (The scholarship is number 772 in the scholarship catalog.)

Oregon School Personnel Association Scholarship (due May 17, 2019)
The Oregon School Personnel Association is offering a scholarship to an Oregon resident who is in a program leading to a teaching license and is attending an Oregon college or university. Please review the application requirements: OSPA 2019 Scholarship Application. The deadline is May 17, 2019. Be sure to scroll past the application link on the OSPA page to read about the 2018 and 2017 winners: current MAT student Corinne Billings and MAT alumna Natasha Digges Hancock!

Knowles Science Teaching Fellowships
KSTF Teaching Fellowships are among the most comprehensive in the nation, combining extensive financial and professional support. The foundation’s signature program, the KSTF Teaching Fellows Program, awards Fellowships to early-career science and mathematics teachers.

Troops to Teachers
The Troops to Teachers program is for retiring military and Reserve Component personnel beginning new careers as teachers. The program provides financial assistance in terms of stipends and bonuses for qualified personnel. For more information visit the program website.

Federal TEACH Grant
The Federal TEACH Grant provides up to $4,000 per year for students intending to teach in high need fields (math, science, bilingual education, English language acquisition, special education, reading specialist) at low-income schools. Upon accepting a Federal TEACH Grant, students incur a service obligation to teach full-time for four years in a high-need field at a low-income school within eight years of completing their program. Students who fail to fulfill their service obligation will see their Federal TEACH Grant converted to a Federal Unsubsidized Direct loan with interest accrued from the point the grant was initially disbursed.

MAT students completing the ESOL endorsement as part of their degree, MAT students in the Math and Science cohorts, and MEd students with a focus in ESOL or Special Education are eligible to apply for the Federal TEACH Grant. Students in other cohorts whose career plan would allow them to fulfill the required service obligation may petition to participate. For more information and to start the application process, visit the Federal TEACH Grant information page.

Immigrants Rising 2018-2019
List of graduate scholarships that don’t require proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.

External Scholarships
Lewis & Clark’s Financial Aid Office web site includes information about other external scholarship opportunities.

Scholarship Search sites
There are scholarship sites which are worth exploring for additional options. The Financial Aid Office’s Online Scholarship Resources page lists several Internet resources including online scholarship search engines, scholarship foundation websites, and general information about scholarships and financial aid.

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