Scholarships - College of Education
Overview of all Scholarships
- Bonnie Giese Scholarship
- Darrell and Gladys (Chaffin) Memorial Scholarship
- Dr. Jackie Wilcox Scholarship
- Inspired to Teach Scholarship
- I Want to be a Teacher Stipend
- Phi Delta Kappa Scholarships for Prospective Educators
- Teacher Shortage Employment Incentive Program (TSEIP)
- TEACH Grant (Redirects to Financial Aid - Scroll to bottom)
- Teacher Student Loan Forgiveness
Tribal & Diversity Scholarships
- AIPEC (PDF)
- IDEAL (PDF)
- American Indian Scholarships
- Catching the Dream Nale Program (for future Teachers)
- Fellowships for Students of Color Entering the Teaching Profession
- Lahoma (Hicks) Schultz Native American in Psychology Scholarship
- Native Forward Scholarship (for future teachers)
- Teach to Reach Program for Native American Teacher Education Students (PDF)
Scholarships for Future Teachers
Bonnie Giese Scholarship
- Elementary Education major
- Age 23 or older
- Must submit a one-page essay regarding your reason(s) for studying Elementary Education and what you hope to accomplish by doing so.
Darrell and Gladys (Chaffin) Gosnell Memorial Scholarship
- Declared major in Early Childhood or Elementary Education
- GPA: 3.0
- Primarily taking classes on the Tahlequah campus
- Graduated from a high school in one of the following counties: Adair, Cherokee, Mayes, Muskogee, Tulsa, or Sequoyah
- Demonstrate financial need
Must attach an essay on why you are seeking an education degree. Include any extracurricular or other activities you are participating in that relate to your degree.
Dr. Jackie Wilcox Scholarship
Applicants must be full-time undergraduates pursuing an education degree with the intent to teach. Must be a parent with dependents under the age of 18 and must attach proof of their dependency (copy of recent taxes or birth certificate).
Inspired to Teach Scholarship
The “Inspired to Teach” is a program to support the teacher pipeline and the preparation
of public-school teachers for prekindergarten through 12th
grade, and to encourage the preparation of teachers in critical shortage areas in the public schools of Oklahoma.
- Graduate from high school, homeschool, or earn a GED.
- Meet higher education admission standards
- Declare a major in a teacher education program with a degree leading to a standard teaching certificate
- Be enrolled as a full-time (12 credit hours per semester) undergraduate student each semester of scholarship eligibility until degree is obtained
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and a minimum 2.5 GPA throughout matriculation
Agree to complete the Oklahoma teacher preparation education program
- AND agree to teach in an Oklahoma public prekindergarten through 12th grade (PK-12) school for a minimum of five (5) consecutive years upon graduation and certification as a teacher
All final application approval/decisions are made by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE).
See Scholarship Application for full details.
Deadline for Spring 2024 semester:
New applications must be *received* by Feb. 6, 2024
*Applications received after the above date may be considered but are not guaranteed*
*Current recipients don't need to reapply unless you are entering NSU for the first time as a transfer student
How to submit your application:
- Log in with your NSU username and password
- Click "Drop-off"
- Add your recipient: Kelli Carney, email: email@example.com
- Upload your document
- Click "Drop-off" Files
**APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED VIA EMAIL**
2. Drop off a physical copy
- Tahlequah: Dr. Kelli Carney, Bagley Hall Room 222
- Broken Arrow: Dr. Lisa Bisogno, BA Education Building Room 265
3. Mail a copy to:
- Dr. Kelli Carney
NSU College of Education
717 N Grand Ave
Tahlequah, OK 74464
The stipend is for first time, full time incoming freshmen or new transfers enrolled at NSU in one of our teaching degrees, and is for Oklahoma and non-Oklahoma residents in the amount of a one-time award of $1,000 ($500 for fall, $500 for spring) and can be used for any educational expense.
Teacher Shortage Employment Incentive Program (TSEIP)
As a reminder, the Teacher Shortage Employment Incentive Program (TSEIP) is a program for math and science education majors. These students must stay and teach math or science in an Oklahoma public school at the secondary level for 5 consecutive years following graduation. One of the requirements of the program is that the students must sign up before they graduate.
The Teacher Shortage Employment Incentive Program (TSEIP) is a legislative program administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. The program reimburses eligible student loan expenses or pays an equivalent cash benefit to individuals who graduate from an Oklahoma accredited teacher education program, receive teaching certification in math or science, and agree to teach in an Oklahoma public secondary school for at least five years.
Contact TSEIP Coordinator:
Dr. Kelli Carney
Lahoma (Hicks) Schultz Native American in Psychology Scholarship
- Full-time (Undergraduate: 12 hours per semester, Graduate: 9 hours per semester)
- Undergraduates and Graduates
- Declared major in Psychology and completed a minimum of 90 credit hours OR pursuing a Masters degree in Psychology
- Be at least 1/8 Native American as demonstrated by a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) card
- Be a member of a federally-recognized tribe as demonstrated by a tribal membership card
- GPA: 3.0
Must submit a 1-page essay of involvement in research of Native American mental health issues
Please attach the following:
- Resume including extracurricular activities
- Copy of CDIB and Tribal Membership cards
Native Forward Scholarship for Service 2023-2024
The purpose of the Native Forward Scholarship for Service is to provide financial assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate, graduate, and professional students pursuing degrees full-time at an accredited institution in any field of study. To be considered, applicants must maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Priority is given to applicants pursuing fields such as, but not limited to, special education, elementary education, early childhood education, secondary education, education leadership, education administration, guidance counseling, social work, business administration, or information technology.
Scholarship for Service is a payback service scholarship, and recipients must agree to relocate, if necessary, to obtain acceptable employment for the service payback agreement. The payback agreement is a year-to-year match, meaning that if you are funded for two years, you are required to work in an approved location for two years to fulfill and forgive your scholarship.
The number of awards and award amounts varies from year to year based on the number of qualified applicants and funding. This opportunity is a need-based award.
Students must meet the following requirements to be considered for this scholarship:
- Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group.
- Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree in any field of study.
- Agree to the payback service portion of the program.
Applicants must meet ALL of the following requirements:
- Must be enrolled in a degree-seeking course of study within the NSU College of Education.
- Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply
- GPA: 2.75
Please attach a resume and/or list of extracurricular activities you are involved in.
Preference will be given to students involved in major-related extracurricular activities or who have great financial need.
The Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society has created the Dan Hobbs Prize, to be awarded to an undergraduate and/or graduate student for research done on any aspect of the history of Oklahoma higher education.
The $500 prize is named in honor of Dan S. Hobbs, a longtime and prominent figure in Oklahoma higher education, a distinguished historian of the system, and a founding member of the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society.
Entries can be of wide-ranging interest in serious research scholarship or scholarly projects relating to any aspect of Oklahoma higher education, to include institutional histories or aspects of those histories; about a particular faculty member or administrator; groups or types of institutions and their development or contributions; the higher education system’s relationship to/or impact on social, political, cultural or economic trends and circumstances; state, national, global, etc.
Entries should reflect recent production during the last three years. If presented as a traditional research paper it should not exceed ten (10) double spaced pages in length including documentation. If entered as a project, an abstract narrative description of no more than two (2) pages will suffice for further consideration. Works will be judged on the basis of the quality of research and the skill in conveying its findings.
We expect evidence of the supervising instructor’s clear oversight reflected in the scholarly priorities and format of the submission and the supervisor’s endorsement that it is worthy of special recognition. Those receiving the Hobbs prize (undergraduate and/or graduate) will receive an award of $500.00. Award recipients and their supervising instructors will be recognized at the Society’s annual Hall of Fame Banquet in Oklahoma City.
Total Aid Disbursed in 2020-2021
light the way emergency fund
In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Seminary Hall, President Steve Turner issued
a challenge to the Northeastern State University Centurions and President’s Circle
donors to establish an emergency fund for NSU students in need. This new funding source
is designed to assist students (undergraduate and graduate) during times of crisis
in order for them to maintain their enrollment. It is designed to enable a student
to meet a short-term financial hardship and is maintained by the Northeastern State
See the application and instructions here in PDF format.