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Scholarships and Grants

Grant Programs

Robert Noyce Science Teacher Scholarship Program

(For undergraduate chemistry, physics, earth science, and biology majors)

This program is dedicated to recruiting, preparing, and supporting new science teachers for New Jersey’s high-need K-12 school districts. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation and offers two years of scholarships equal to the amount of New Jersey in-state tuition and fees, as well as an annual stipend of $3000 to undergraduate chemistry, physics, earth science, and biology majors admitted into the Montclair State University Teacher Education Program. For more information, visit CSAM – Noyce Science at Montclair

Noyce @ Montclair Mathematics Project Scholarship

This scholarship program aims to prepare students to become effective elementary mathematics teaching in New Jersey’s high-need K-12 schools.  Scholars in this program obtain an undergraduate degree in mathematics along with a K-6 elementary teaching certification. Each Noyce @ Montclair scholar receive a $13,000 scholarship and a $660 stipend each year for two years with additional money available for local conference travel. In return for the funds, students agree to work two years in a high-needs school in NJ for each year of funding received (if you receive funds for both years you would work 4 years in that school). For more information visit CSAM – Noyce Math at Montclair

Montclair State University has numerous scholarship opportunities available to students enrolled in the Teacher Education Program. Students are notified of scholarships and deadline dates in late fall and early spring of each year.

Endowed Scholarships

The James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships

Montclair State University is grateful to the best-selling author, Mr. James Patterson, for establishing the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships to support the next generation of teachers as they work to foster a love of reading and learning in their students. Recipients are selected by the dean of the College for Education and Engaged Learning, in consultation with members of the faculty. The recipients are among the most qualified and accomplished students who were admitted to the prestigious Teacher Education program each year. Of critical importance in the review process is the student’s ability to demonstrate a strong dedication to the profession of teaching and an ability to articulate his or her inspiration for becoming a teacher.

Craig & Arlene Crescenzi Allen Scholarship

Presented to a rising junior or prospective senior who plans to teach in the humanities with at least a 3.5 GPA. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.

George & Dorothy Hennings Endowed Scholarship

To assist to one student pursuing certification in the sciences with at least a 3.5 GPA.

Ruth Lewin Endowment Fund

Presented to a graduate/undergraduate student who demonstrates financial need.

Anne Kirby Memorial Scholarship Fund

Presented to a fully matriculated MEd or MAT student preparing for a career in teaching. The student must have a strong GPA and must present a one-page statement of educational goals.

Miano Science & Math Teacher Education Scholarship

An award to assist one full-time undergraduate science/math major who will be a senior in the forthcoming semester the scholarship is awarded.

Nicholas and Susan Michelli Memorial Award

Awarded to a student who demonstrates a commitment to a career in urban education.

Dr. Elton Robertson Technology Award

Presented to one full-time undergraduate mathematics major to assist them in purchasing technology or software for classroom use. Must present a one-page statement describing how the technology will be used in the classroom.

Kathryn E. Stilwell Memorial Award

Presented to a full-time sophomore or junior who exhibits potential for success in the teaching profession. The student must possess at least a 3.0 GPA and must demonstrate leadership, financial need, and involvement in campus/community activities. Priority is given to Bergen County residents.

Teachers Club of Montclair Award for Scholarship

Presented to ten juniors admitted to the Teacher Education Program who demonstrate excellence in the program.

Ed & Jean Cooper Scholarship for Teacher Training

To support qualifying undergraduate student enrolled in the College for Education and Engaged Learning Teacher Training program.

Betty Sommer Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship to support needy and deserving undergraduate students who are physical education majors enrolled in the teacher education program. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or above and are required to submit a one-page essay on “college and community service commitment to promoting greater understanding and future goals.”

Barbara Ferguson Scholarship

An undergraduate or graduate student with financial need. Priority is given to students in the teacher preparation program who plan to teach chemistry or physics

Paula Dotson Scholarship

Scholarship awarded to students in the Teacher Education Program who are English Majors.

Richard A. Bard

Scholarship to assist undergraduate students with financial need preparing to be science teachers enrolled in the Teacher Education Program in CEEL. Recipients must be in good academic standing.

Robert Pines Scholarship

Supports a scholarship honors program student enrolled in the Elementary or Secondary Education programs

Student Teaching scholarships awarded to support students during their student teaching semester:

  • John Greco Memorial Student Teacher Scholarship
  • Nel & James Noddings Scholarship
  • Arlene Crescenzi Allen Student Teacher Scholarship
  • Frank & Nancy Alvarez Student Teacher Scholarship
  • Edward & Barbra Buhrer Scholarship
  • Myrtis & Byron Yake Student Teaching Scholarship
  • Charles and Dorothy Farinella Scholarship
  • Michael and Marianne Autorino Endowed Scholarship
  • Margaret and Emmanuel Scrofani

Federal Grants

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is a federal grant that provides up to $4,000 per year to students who agree to teach for four years at an elementary school, secondary school or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families and in high need areas. Current high need areas in schools that serve low-income families) are:

  • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Specialist
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • Other Identified Teacher Shortage Areas (not geographic areas) as of the time recipients receive the grant, or as of the time they begin teaching in that field. The “other identified teacher shortage areas” can be found in this publication of Teacher Shortage Areas.

For more information on meeting the eligibility requirements for the TEACH Grant, contact Danielle Epps, Director of Teacher Education Admissions, Recruitment and Diversity at and visit Student Aid TEACH Grants.

Federal Loan Forgiveness Program

Under the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in a low-income school or educational service agency, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to $17,500 on your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and your Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans.

For additional information, visit Student Aid Forgiveness