Scholarships

RISE Magazine

Philanthropy from our community partners enables the UNLV College of Education to award scholarships and fellowships to undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, and graduate students pursuing careers that impact the lives of countless youth and families. RISE is the annual showcase of scholarship and fellowship recipients of the UNLV College of Education.

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Teach Grant 

The TEACH Grant Program provides grant funding of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families AND in high need fields.

TEACH Grant

Teach Nevada Scholarships

The College of Education awards Teach Nevada Scholarships for both Traditional Undergraduate and Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) candidates in the College of Education teacher preparation programs.

The Teach Nevada Scholarship is one of many efforts to address the teacher shortage by increasing the quantity and quality of effective teachers, and ensuring equitable distribution of teachers across all schools.

The purpose of the program is to provide grants to universities, colleges and providers of alternative route to licensure programs to award scholarship to students entering teaching programs.

Teach Nevada may award scholarships up to $3,000/semester pending funding. Each student will receive 75% of the award for tuition during each semester of attendance and 25% of the award remains in a trust account. Upon completion of their degree program, scholarship awardees pledge to teach for at least five consecutive years in a Nevada school, three of which must be in a high-needs Nevada schools which is decided on by the Nevada Department of Education. Upon completion of the preparation program and work requirements the awardee will receive the 25% invested in the trust.

NITEP Fellowship Program

Individual Payout-Per Semester

Individual Payout Per Semester

Undergraduate (15 credits)

Individual Payout Per Semester Graduate

Graduate (6 credits)

Applications will be accepted for incoming ARL students until June 1, 2020. Review of applications will begin immediately after the application close date. No late applications will be accepted. Future applications for Teach Nevada will be accepted June—July 2020, pending funding approval.

Traditional (Undergraduate) Information & Application

Eligibility – Students/Scholarship Recipients

Teach Nevada Scholarship funds must award scholarships to new students who enter with the intent to complete a teacher preparation program that makes the student eligible to obtain a license to teach early childhood, elementary, secondary, or special education. A new requirement under Teach Nevada Scholarship is all recipients must complete an endorsement in either English Language Acquisition Development (ELAD) or Special Education (ESP). If a student will be pursuing a teaching licensure in Special Education this fulfills the endorsement requirement.

Eligible students may include, without limitation:

  • Recent high school graduates who have not yet enrolled in a teacher preparation program
  • Students who are currently enrolled in a non-education related college/university degree program and change their academic program to teacher preparation;
  • Students who have completed some credits at a university or college who re-enroll in a teacher preparation program;
  • Veterans and the spouses of veterans; and
  • Students who have had some experience working in a classroom, including as a paraprofessional.

Note: Students who are already enrolled in a traditional preparation program in Nevada at the time of the scholarship application are not eligible. If an applicant has already earned a Bachelor's degree, please refer to the Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) TEACH Nevada Scholarship application.

Application Requirements

  1. Enrolled as a current or new student at UNLV
  2. Writing Sample (see details below) uploaded to the application. The writing sample is a 500-word essay that addresses the following:
    1. Express why you would like to be part of the Teacher Education Program at UNLV
    2. Describe any experiences you have had tutoring/teaching children or young adults
    3. Provide a brief overview of your educational experiences and they will facilitate your development as a teacher; and
    4. What are your greatest strengths and attributes that will guide your development as a teacher?

Teach Nevada Traditional Scholarship Application

Complete the application via the link below by June 1, 2020 to be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately after the application close date.

Teach Nevada Scholarship Traditional

Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) Information & Application

Eligible students may include, without limitation:

  • Students who possess a bachelor’s degree in a non-education related field and choose to pursue an ARL program for teaching
  • Veterans and the spouses of veterans
  • Students who have had some experience working in a classroom, including, without limitation, as a paraprofessional or substitute teacher
  • Students who have completed some credits at a university or college who re-enroll in a teacher preparation program and
  • Students who are currently enrolled in a non-education related college/university degree program and change their academic program to teacher preparation.

A new requirement under Teach Nevada Scholarship is that all recipients must complete an endorsement in either English Language Acquisition Development (ELAD) or Special Education (ESP). If a student will be pursuing a teaching licensure in Special Education, this fulfills the endorsement requirement.

Priorities for this award: Veterans or spouses of veterans, economically disadvantaged, racial or ethnic minority.

Application Requirements

  1. Must have accepted admission into the UNLV ARL program
  2. Unofficial transcript(s) from all institutions attended (Note: transcripts will be brought by the applicant in hard copy to the interview. Transcripts may not be uploaded.)
  3. Praxis II content exam scores (for secondary level programs only)
  4. Resume
  5. Writing Sample (see details below) The writing sample is a 500-word essay that addresses the following:
    1. Express why you would like to be part of the Teacher Preparation ARL Program at UNLV.
    2. Describe any experiences you have had tutoring/teaching children or young adults.
    3. Provide a brief overview of your educational experiences and they will facilitate your development as a teacher.
    4. What are your greatest strengths and attributes that will guide your development as a teacher?

Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) Teach Nevada Scholarship Application

Complete the application via the link below by June 1, 2020 to be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately after the application close date.

Teach Nevada Scholarship ARL

In support of student success, the College of Education has received generous funding from donors to facilitate scholarships available specifically for undergraduate and graduate students completing programs within the college. Applications are typically available in early fall and spring semesters and awardees are announced later that respective semester.

Alton D. and Mildred S. Willard Scholarship Fund

The Alton D. and Mildred S. Willard Scholarship Fund was established at the UNLV College of Education to provide fukl-time of part-time undergraduate or graduate Education majors in need with financial assistance. Funds will be distributed to students, in the form of need-based scholarships, in honor of these two amazing educators.

Non-FAFSA eligible students must complete the Alternate Need Determination (AND) Form.

Barbara L. Lochridge Memorial Scholarship

The Barbara L. Lochridge Memorial Scholarship is a memorial fund in honor of Barbara Lochridge. Barbara Lochridge was a Kindergarten Teacher and loved teaching.

For juniors or seniors in an undergraduate elementary education program enrolled in 12 or more credit hours; must maintain 3.0 GPA; must demonstrate financial need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Non-FAFSA eligible students must complete the Alternate Need Determination (AND) Form.

Catherine Vaglio Scholarship

The Catherine Vaglio Scholarship is a memorial fund in honor of Catherine Vaglio. Catherine Vaglio wanted to be a teacher since the age of nine. She became a math teacher, then taught computer classes for students when computers started training educators on new computer technology.

For full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in Education; must maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA; must be a Nevada resident; must demonstrate financial need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Non-FAFSA eligible students must complete the Alternate Need Determination (AND) Form.

Chester D. Simms Scholarship

The Chester D. Simms is a memorial fund in honor of Chester Simms. Chester Simms was an early gaming pioneer of the Las Vegas valley. The scholarship is for his passion for formal education.

For undergraduate special education majors enrolled in 12 or more credit hours; must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA; must be a Nevada resident; must demonstrate financial need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Non-FAFSA eligible students must complete the Alternate Need Determination (AND) Form.

Chris Giunchigliani Special Education Graduate Scholarship

Chris Giunchigliani taught special education in public schools off on from 1976 until retirement in 2019. Chris Giunchigliani served as President of her local and state teachers union in Nevada. Chris's late husband, Gary Gray, was a public school teacher, and they loved to travel for pleasure and discover other cultures. They both believed in giving back to the community and places of learning.

Chris Giunchigliani Special Education Graduate Scholarship is for graduate student(s) enrolled in the Special Education program either part-time or full time. Students must demonstrate financial need. Those encouraged to apply are students from underrepresented groups including LGBTQ, and students intending to serve within the public schools post-graduation.

Non-FAFSA eligible students must complete the Alternate Need Determination (AND) Form.

COE Field Experience Scholarship

In collaboration with CSUN, the College of Education established the COE Field Experience Scholarship to provide financial support for College of Education undergraduate students enrolled in their last year of field experiences.

Dorothy A. Dawson Estate Scholarship

The Dorothy A. Dawson Scholarship is established in memory of Dorothy A. Dawson. Dorothy was an inspiring teacher, that taught all the way up until her retirement.

For full-time and part-time students with a major in Education; must sustain a minimum 3.0 GPA; preference is given to students that previously were recipients of the Dorothy A. Dawson Scholarship.

Non-FAFSA eligible students must complete the Alternate Need Determination (AND) Form.

Dr. Bea Babbitt Scholarship

Dr. Bea Babbitt retired in 2011 after a 28- year career in higher education. 17 of which were at UNLV. While at UNLV, Dr. Babbitt served as a director of teacher education, associate professor of special education, and for six years prior to her retirement, as director of academic assessment in the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Dr. Babbitt was an outstanding mentor to both undergraduate and graduate students, a dedicated leader in her profession, and a cherished faculty colleague.

For full time graduate students with a major in Education; must sustain a minimum 3.5 GPA; preference given to students enrolled in Special Education and those who have demonstrated commitment to the profession through service in professional associations or in leadership positions.

Non-FAFSA eligible students must complete the Alternate Need Determination (AND) Form.

Edward Pierson Memorial Scholarship

For undergraduate or graduate education majors with a minimum 2.8 GPA.

Non-FAFSA eligible students must complete the Alternate Need Determination (AND) Form.

Eva Bortman Scholarship

The Eva Bortman Scholarship is for undergraduate elementary education majors enrolled in 12 or more credit hours. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA and be a Nevada resident at time of award.

Non-FAFSA eligible students must complete the Alternate Need Determination (AND) Form.

Evelyn Semling Scholarship

The Evelyn Semling Scholarship is for sophomores, juniors, and seniors majoring in Elementary Education. Recipients must be enrolled in 12 or more credits hours and maintain a 2.75 GPA.

Non-FAFSA eligible students must complete the Alternate Need Determination (AND) Form.

John M. Vergiels Scholarship

John M. Vergiels was a gifted athlete who attended the University of Toledo, where he played football and baseball. He obtained his undergraduate, master's, and doctorate degrees from the University of Toledo and then moved to Las Vegas to become a full tenured professor in the College of Education at UNLV. During his years at UNLV, Dr. Vergiels served as chairman of the Faculty Senate, Department of Curriculum and Education, and the Department of Secondary and Vocational Education. Dr. Vergiels was also the Nevada legislator for twenty years, serving in both the Assembly and the Senate. He is the only person in Nevada history to have held all top leadership in both houses. In 2007 Senator Vergiels was inducted into the Senate Hall of Fame.

For full or part-time graduate students with a major in Education; must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA; preference given to Nevada or Ohio residents and to past recipients of the John M. Vergiels Scholarship. Recipients may reapply for this scholarship in subsequent years provided they maintain the requirements.

Non-FAFSA eligible students must complete the Alternate Need Determination (AND) Form.

Monti Carlin Tettamanti Scholarship Endowed Fund

The Monti Carlin Tettamanti Scholarship is established in memory of Monti Carlin Tettamanti, a Clark County School District teacher. Monti was an inspiring teacher to her students and loved teaching.

For undergraduate or graduate majors; must be enrolled in student teaching for Fall or Spring; must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA; must demonstrate financial need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Non-FAFSA eligible students must complete the Alternate Need Determination (AND) Form.

Rosemarie Hartle Scholarship

The Rosemarie Hartle Scholarship was establied to support full-time or part-time undergraduate students Education majors. Recipients must be enrolled in student teaching; must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; must be a Nevada resident; must demonstrate financial need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); preference given to students who are cancer patients, cancer survivors, or who have lost a parent to the disease.

Non-FAFSA eligible students must complete the Alternate Need Determination (AND) Form.

Rodman Scholars Program

The Rodman Special Education Cohort Program is an intensive 1-year program in which undergraduate special education majors can complete their Bachelor of Science degree and be licensed as a generalist special educator.

Non-FAFSA eligible students must complete the Alternate Need Determination (AND) Form.

Silver State Credit Union Scholarship

The Silver State Credit Union Scholarship supports full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate students Education majors. Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; must be a Nevada resident; must demonstrate financial need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Non-FAFSA eligible students must complete the Alternate Need Determination (AND) Form.

Wolzinger Family Foundation Education Scholarship

The Wolzinger Family Foundation Education Scholarship is established by the Wolzinger Family who is dedicated to helping students be able to complete their education and graduate.

For full-time undergraduate students with a major in Education; be in their final two semesters; must sustain a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be doing non-compensated student teaching.

Non-FAFSA eligible students must complete the Alternate Need Determination (AND) Form.