College of Education Scholarship Program

The College of Education offers a scholarship program for current and new students with financial need. Scholarships are offered to undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students who are preparing to work in the education profession (i.e., P12 schools or higher education.)  

Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Betty Katz Memorial Scholarship in Early Childhood Education
Provides support to an undergraduate junior admitted to the Early Childhood Education major, with renewal of the award* in the recipient’s senior year if academic progress is maintained.  Recipients will be chosen based on academic merit, financial need and demonstrated passion for the field of early childhood education.

*Senior year award to be granted at half the amount of the initial junior year scholarship

Scholarships for Students in Teacher Preparation Programs Leading to Licensure

Grace Norton Carney Scholarship 
This endowed scholarship is for any student in the P-12 teacher preparation program at the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Applicants must be a native or legal resident of Massachusetts within the last 10 years. Preference is given to students who hold an undergraduate degree from UMass Amherst, Framingham or Bridgewater State University and have a GPA of 3.3 or better. Must complete FAFSA. 

Richard J. Clark Memorial Scholarship for Teacher Education 
Provides financial support to any student in the Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies Department who has a GPA of 3.3 or better.  They must also have experience with community service, internships and employment that demonstrates a commitment to excellence and equity.

Marylin C. Haley Scholarship
Provides funding for any eligible graduate student based on financial need. Preference will be given to students in a reading and writing, secondary, early childhood and elementary or special education teacher preparation program.

Anne Farmer Momot Scholarship
Provides support to a graduate student majoring in Special Education.  Particular consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate warmth, patience and dedicated support for students.

Meline Kasparian Scholarship
Provides support to any student in a teacher preparation program who has exhibited a desire to become a public school teacher.

Janice Camby Endowed Scholarship
Provides support to any student accepted or enrolled in a teacher preparation program who is from an economically disadvantaged area and is in good academic standing. Must complete FAFSA.

Winifred Green Scholarship
This scholarship is funded and awarded by the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society of the College of Education and sponsored by a professional organization of retired teachers in Massachusetts. It provides support for any student enrolled in a teacher preparation program who is committed to making a significant difference in the lives of young people in the Commonwealth. The recipient must be in good academic standing, a permanent resident of Massachusetts and have need for financial assistance.

Doctoral Student Scholarships

Jerome and Florence McCormick Doctoral Award 
The Jerome and Florence McCormick Doctoral Award will provide support to doctoral students in their dissertation-writing year. Students from any doctoral program in the College of Education are eligible for the scholarship, with selection based on merit.
Items listed below are also required, in addition to those outlined in Part IV of the scholarship application.

  • A detailed abstract to include theoretical framework, significance of study, purpose, research questions, research design and methods (ie. context, subjects/participants, data collection and analysis) and potential implications (similar to an AERA abstract). Should be double spaced and not more than 2-3 pages (ie. 250-300 words per page).
  • Evidence of successful completion of comprehensive exams.
  • D7 and D7A on file or ready to file (ie. concurrent to application).
  • Nomination letter from faculty advisor.
  • Tuition waivers are not available for this scholarship.

Early Childhood Education Graduate Student Scholarship 
Provides funding for graduate students in a doctoral program studying early childhood, children or families.  Funds may be used to support research activities and other educational/professional expenses not covered by other support, or for emergent need of these students at the discretion of the Dean.

Nieto/Rudman Endowed Scholarship
Provides financial support to any student in the Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies Department. Preference will be given to doctoral students in the Language, Literacy and Culture concentration. Applicants must be in good academic standing and have a GPA of 3.3 or better.

Joseph W. Keilty Memorial Scholarship
This endowed scholarship provides support to full-time graduate students with preference given to doctoral students. Students with a demonstrated financial need, high academic performance and exceptional promise are encouraged to apply. Must complete FAFSA.

C. Lynn Vendien Professional Prize Award
This prize will be awarded to a doctoral student. Preference will be given to students in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies.

International Student Scholarships

C. Lynn Vendien Endowed Scholarship 
Provides support to graduate students who are citizens of foreign countries. Preference will be given to students in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies.

General Scholarships

Ambassador Cynthia Shepard Perry Award
The Ambassador Cynthia Shepard Perry Award Fund was established to provide support to College of Education graduate students in International Education or students affiliated with the Center for International Education, who wish to pursue field work internationally. Preference will be given to women applicants.

Helen Eaton Timson Scholarship
Provides scholarship support to any deserving student in a College of Education program.

Program Specific Scholarships

PLEASE NOTE:  The application process for these scholarships is through the individual program, NOT via the College’s general scholarship application.

Dr. Doren D. Fredickson Graduate Scholarship
Provides scholarships to graduate applicants to the School Counselor Education or School Psychology programs.  Preference is given to applicants with counseling, teaching, or other appropriate work experience, or to applicants who have served in the military.

Mary Margaret Whittaker-Webster Memorial Award
Provides support to graduate students in the School Psychology program for student expenses and programs for which other sources of funding are not available.  Examples include research travel, national education or psychology meetings, or expendable items such as software or journals.