Scholarships

Teach Nevada Scholarships

In addition to the above scholarships, the College of Education will award Teach Nevada Scholarships for both Traditional Undergraduate and Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) candidates in 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. Programs may award scholarships up to $3,000/semester (not to exceed $24,000 aggregate or $21,000 SPED.). Upon completion of their degree program, scholarship awardees pledge to teach for at least five consecutive years in a Nevada school, 3 of which must be in a high-needs Nevada school (as defined by NVDOE).

The College of Education will award 25 traditional and 25 ARL scholarships to students in 2019-20. Applications will be accepted for incoming ARL students until November 8, 2019 at 5 p.m. 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. Unofficial transcript(s) from all institutions or high schools attended (Note: transcripts will be brought by the applicant in hard copy to the interview. Transcripts may not be uploaded); and
  3. 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?

Traditional (Undergraduate) Teach Nevada Scholarship Application

Future Teach Nevada applications accepted June—July 2020, pending funding approval.

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 Core Exam or CBEST scores
  4. Praxis II content exam scores (for secondary level programs only)
  5. Resume
  6. 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 November 8, 2019 at 5 p.m. to be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately after the application close date. No late applications will be accepted.

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 mid-spring semester and awardees are announced late-spring.

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 individuals in need with financial assistance, while pursuing a career in education. Funds will be distributed to students, in the form of need-based scholarships, in honor of these two amazing educators.

Barbara L. Lochridge Memorial Scholarship

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).

Catherine Vaglio Scholarship

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).

Chester D. Simms Scholarship

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).

Edward Pierson Scholarship

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

John M. Vergiels Scholarship

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.

Monti Carlin Tettamanti Scholarship Endowed Fund

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).

Dr. Bea Babbitt Scholarship

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.

2020-21 Scholarship Application

The College of Education Scholarship & Awards Committee will accept undergraduate and graduate student applications for the 2020-21 academic year from November 1, 2019 to November 22, 2019 at 5 p.m. Click the link below to review the application and apply. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.

Please be prepared to complete the entire survey once you begin. To best prepare, please note the final section of this application is an essay portion, to be written in an academic essay format. The questions are as follows:

  1. Scholarships are given to recognize and honor academic achievement; describe your academic achievements as a student in the UNLV College of Education. (150-200 word limit)
  2. What is your area of specialization in education (ex. special education, secondary mathematics, etc)? Why did you choose this area? What is the most important thing you have learned at UNLV about this area of specialization? What do you hope to accomplish as a teacher in this area? (150-200 word limit)
  3. In response to the increasing costs of going to college, students are using a variety of methods to finance their educations. Explain how you have been able to cover the costs of your education for at least the past year. (150-200 word limit)