Teacher Education Program Scholarships

Below is a list of scholarships and requirements available for students who are pursuing UCR’s teaching credential or M.Ed. with credential programs. For information about financial aid, please refer to UCR's financial aid department.

Dean’s Scholarship: 
Apply by the PRIORITY DEADLINE of January 17, 2020, 5pm, and automatically qualify for scholarships between $3000 and $5000 if you are admitted:

  • $3000 automatic Dean’s Scholarship for Fall 2020 students admitted to teacher education programs*
  • $5000 automatic scholarship for all Fall 2020 students admitted to the Education Specialist Credential Only or M.Ed. Special Education program
  • $5000 automatic scholarship for Fall 2020 students admitted to the Chemistry and Physics Single Subject Teaching Credential Only or M.Ed. General Education + Credential

*Students who receive the $5000 scholarships are not eligible for the Dean’s Scholarship

UCR's 2020 Special Education Scholars Program:
Become a special education teacher, debt free! Now accepting applications for 2020 Special Education Scholars Service Program, which will fund a limited number of qualified students who enroll in the combined M.Ed./credential program in Special Education. Priority consideration given to those who apply by January 17, 2020. Applicants are required to attend a mandatory info session. More information here.

Students who apply by January 17 will also be given priority consideration for the following. For the scholarships that require essays, you will be prompted in your application:

  • UCR – RUSD Pipeline Scholarship (5 awards of $5,000)
    Pursuing a credential in secondary science or mathematics. Committed to teaching STEM for at least three years in RUSD. Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, or mathematics.
  •  James L. Reardon Scholarship (1 award of $1,300)
    Pursuing a Social Science credential.
  • James E. and James C. Calkins (1 award of $1,500)
    Fund provides financial support for M.Ed. and/or teaching credential students who have financial need and wish to support the community by working as teachers in Riverside or San Bernardino counties. Financial need must be determined by FAFSA.
  • President’s Educator Fellowship (Award amount varies)
    Committed to working at a California public school serving low-income families (this must be expressed in the essay). Have financial need verified by the financial aid office. The award amount has varied from $900 to $2300 over the past few years.
  • Sherianne Wright Huard Scholarship (1 award of $950)
    Pursuing an Education Specialist credential.
  • Multiple Subject Teacher Education Scholarship (1 award of $950)
    Pursuing a Multiple Subject credential. Minimum 3.0 GPA, and from Riverside County (either grew up in or current resident).

Additional Scholarships Not Tied to Priority Deadline:

  • Starting Line Scholarship (1 award of $1,000)
    Education Specialist credential student. In need of financial assistance and experiencing financial hardship.
  • Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant  
    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 to meet other requirements. If the service obligation is not met, the grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
  • Cal Grant for Teachers
    Visit Cal Grant for Teachers for more information and to apply.

For questions or more information contact Frances Valdovinos,