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Scholarships and Grants

General Scholarship Application

All students, undergraduate and graduate, apply for scholarships via one application.

General School of Education Scholarship for undergraduate students. The annual scholarship application is now open for the 2021-2022 academic year. The deadline to apply is March 15. 

To be eligible for the general School of Education scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be admitted to the School of Education as a teacher certification candidate.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time each quarter during the academic year.
  • Maintain all undergraduate student requirements for continuation in the program.
  • Demonstrate financial need.

The John and Pearl Olson Leadership Scholarship

The John and Pearl Olson Leadership Scholarship is available for undergraduate students seeking teacher certification. The annual scholarship is now closed for the 2021-2022 academic year. The application will reopen in February 2022.

To be eligible for the John and Pearl Olson Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a junior, senior, or fifth-year student in the undergraduate teacher certification program.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time each quarter during the academic year.
  • Be enrolled for the entirety of the upcoming academic year. (not eligible if graduating this year).  
  • Maintain all undergraduate requirements for continuation in the program.
  • If selected, write letter of thanks to the trustee of the Pearl Olson Charitable Trust.

The Neil D. Prescott Student Teaching Internship Scholarship

The Neil D. Prescott Student Teaching Internship Scholarship is available to juniors who are planning to intern in Autumn 2021. The annual scholarship is now open for the 2021-2022 academic year. The deadline to apply is March 5, 2021.

To be eligible for the Neil D. Prescott Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Graduated from a Washington State high school
  • Indicate a desire to teach in Washington State

Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Scholarship

The Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Scholarship is available to students who graduated from a Walla Walla or Columbia County, Washington high school. The annual scholarship is now open for the 2021-2022 academic year. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021.

To be eligible for the Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Be a graduate of a high school in Walla Walla or Columbia County, WA
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be studying to become a K-12 teacher
  • Plan to complete studnet teaching between August 2021-June 2022
  • Preference is given to students completing their initial certification

Organization Education Scholarships

Science Leadership Scholarship for candidates from diverse backgrounds earning an endorsement in one of the sciences.

Teaching Grants

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants for candidates endorsing in high-need fields who commit to working in a low-income school for four years.

Undergraduate students must be entering their senior year or student teaching year to qualify.

Teacher Education Loan Forgiveness Programs

Teacher education loan forgiveness programs are intended to help teachers alleviate their debt once they have graduated from their programs. This section will give information on how to enter into these programs.

Scott	Beers

Why I Teach at SPU

Scott Beers, Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs

"I have long believed that I am called to teach. Challenging students with new ideas and creating activities that help them learn is a life-giving experience for me. I aim to inspire and equip my students to help children become better readers and writers. It is a privilege to teach SPU students who will dramatically improve the lives of young people."