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.

  • In the past between we have awarded approximately $300,000 in scholarships
  • Some scholarships are not based on financial need, others are, look carefully at the criteria below.

Dean’s Scholarship

Apply by the PRIORITY DEADLINE of December 17, 2021, 5pm, to be considered for the following Dean's Scholarships:

  • $3,000 Dean’s Scholarship
  • $5,000 scholarship - Education Specialist Dual Credential Only or M.Ed. Special Education + Dual Credential program
  • $5,000 scholarship - Chemistry or Physics Single Subject Teaching Credential Only or M.Ed. General Education + Chemistry or Physics Single Subject Teaching Credential

*Students who receive the $5,000 scholarships are not eligible for the Dean’s Scholarship

*Prospective students who apply by the priority deadline and have completed all exams (CSET and CBEST), OR have met their Subject Matter Competence and Basic Skills Requirement in other ways, will have priority consideration to those who have not completed these requirements. 

UCR's 2022 Special Education Scholars Program

  • We offer a special education scholarship, you can receive $25,000 towards tuition and fees! 
  • Students must enroll in the combined M.Ed. in Special Education, plus Education Specialist Credential Program. 
  • Priority consideration given to those who apply by priority deadline.
  • Applicants are required to attend a mandatory info session. Recipients must commit to either teaching in Riverside (6 awards available) or San Bernardino (12 awards available). 
  • More information here.

Admitted students, can apply and be considered for these scholarships:

Name Amount Eligibility
Bridge to Success Scholarship 1 award of $1500 The Bridge to Success Scholarship provides financial assistance to student teachers enrolled in the teacher education program with financial hardship.
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 $2,000 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 $1700 Students who are pursuing an Education Specialist credential.
Multiple Subject Teacher Education Scholarship 1 award of $1,000

Pursuing a Multiple Subject credential. Minimum 3.0 GPA, and from Riverside County (either grew up in or current resident).

Leonard Family Scholarship 3 awards of $4750

Graduate with a Bachelor's degree from UCR's College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) or Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE). Pursuing a credential in Mathematics or Science. Submit a 3,000-character message reflecting how scholarship will contribute to your professional goals as a teacher in STEM.

Starting Line Scholarship 1 award of $1,000

Education Specialist credential student. In need of financial assistance and experiencing financial hardship.

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.
  • Robin J. McKeown Memorial Fellowship (1 award of $250)
    Open to all current TEP students. Required 500 word essay reflecting how the scholarship will provide necessary financial assistance. 
  • 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.

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