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 16, 2022 @ 5:00pm, to be considered for the following Dean's Scholarships:

  • $3,000 Dean’s Scholarship
  • $5,000 scholarship - Education Specialist Dual Credential +M.Ed. Special Education Program
  • $5,000 scholarship - Chemistry or Physics Single Subject Teaching Credential 
  • $5,000 scholarship - Bilingual Authorization (BILA) in Spanish Program Scholarship (must me admitted to our TEP Multiple or Single Subject Program). Need to have Spanish CSET, Subtest III passed.

*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. 

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

**Award amounts may vary each academic year**

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 Awards Not Tied to Priority Deadline

  • 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.


  • Golden State Teacher Grant Program 

The Golden State Teacher Grant Program (GSTG) is for students who are currently enrolled in a teacher preparation program to earn a credential in a high need field and commit to teach at the priority school,, in California for four (4) years, within a five years after completing a teacher preparation program.  GSTG awards up to $20,000 are available to eligible, currently enrolled students in California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved teacher preparation programs.  Campuses and program administrators will verify applicants' enrollment status.  

Visit Golden State Teacher Grant Program for more information and to apply


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