School of Education Scholarships
Most of the scholarships listed on this page require a standard application packet including a general application, two recommendation letters, a typed essay, and transcripts. However, application requirements for some of the scholarships ask for a replacement essay or some other change. Those changes and/or additions are listed below.
Merit-Based & Need-Based Scholarships
Standard Application Packet:
One Original and Four Copies of all documents:
• Application for SOE S/FA
• 2 Recommendation Letters
• Typed Essay (see application)
Virginia Arnold Scholarship
Endowed Award Amount: $2,500
The Arnold Scholarship was established in 1990 by Dr. Virginia A. Arnold for students with financial need and the desire to become elementary or middle-school teachers. Applicants must have been accepted in teacher preparation, have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, demonstrate financial need and plan to be enrolled as fulltime students during the year of the award.
Pearl Burford Scholarship
Endowed Award Amount: $700
The Burford Scholarship was established by former students of Pearl Burford, a faculty member of Richmond Professional Institute, to honor her memory. It is awarded to graduate or undergraduate students who plan to become elementary school teachers. Applicants must be full-time students with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
April Marie "Sweet" Hart Scholarship
Endowed Award Amount $2,000
The April Marie "Sweet" Hart Scholarship was established by family and friends in memory of Ms. April Marie Hart. April was an accomplished VCU student who planned to be a first grade teacher. She loved children and cheerleading, and especially loved teaching gymnastics to her students at the East Richmond Gymnastics Center in Richmond. April passed away June 25, 2003 at the age of 20. The scholarship is renewable for up to four additional years provided the student remains in good academic standing as determined by the Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences. The scholarship will be awarded to an individual who is a student majoring in a discipline within the College of Humanities and Sciences or School or Education, plans to become a teacher and is on the education track, has or has had a demonstrated interest in gymnastics or cheerleading, and possesses a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Health & Physical Education Scholarship
Endowed Award Amount: up to $1,000
Endowed in the spring of 1994, the Health and Physical Education Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding education student majoring in a Health or Physical Education subject area. Preference will be given to undergraduate Health and Physical Education majors classified at sophomore, junior or senior level and having a 2.5 overall grade point average. This scholarship is intended to benefit academically talented majors who have also been active in university and community service.
James O. Hodges Scholarship
Endowed Award Amount: $500
Dr. Hodges served the School of Education from 1974 to 1995, where he spent his entire career preparing teachers in elementary education. He was awarded emeritus status upon retirement in 1995. In 1993, he became the first recipient of the school’s Charles P. Ruch Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Hodges was instrumental in establishing a Phi Delta Kappa professional education fraternity chapter and was a longtime faculty sponsor of the VCU chapter of the Student Virginia Education Association.
Funds will be awarded based on financial need and a demonstrated commitment to serving students in elementary education. Students selected must demonstrate significant involvement with Student Virginia Education Association (SVEA) in their application. Preference will be given to students who have held leadership roles with SVEA. Monies from this fund may be applied for in multiple years providing the student remains in good academic standing as determined by the School of Education Scholarship Committee.
N. Thelma Jones Scholarship
Endowed Award Amount: $800
The Jones Scholarship was established by Colonel Eben Jones in memory of his sister, N. Thelma Jones, an alumna of Richmond Professional Institute who taught elementary school in the Richmond City Public School System until her retirement. This merit-based scholarship is designed for a student preparing for secondary teaching (grades 8-12). Applicants must have been accepted into and entering their fifth year of the Master of Teaching program, plan to enroll as full-time students during the year of the award and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
Ann Elizabeth Marston Endowed Scholarship
Endowed Award Amount: $3,000
Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Wilson established the Ann Elizabeth Marston Scholarship in the spring of 1996 in memory of Dr. Wilson’s aunt, who helped finance his education. Applicants must be planning a teaching career in elementary or secondary education, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, have been accepted to a teacher preparation program, and be able to demonstrate leadership qualities and a need for financial assistance.
S. Virginia and Berta M. Newell Scholarship
Endowed Award Amount: $900
The Newell Scholarship was established in 1989 by Dr. and Mrs. Edward Newell to honor the memory of Dr. Newell’s two sisters, Virginia and Berta Newell, who were graduates of the elementary education program at Richmond Professional Institute. Applicants must have been accepted to a teacher preparation program, plan to be enrolled full-time in either early or middle education during the year of the award, have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 and be able to demonstrate financial need.
Phi Delta Kappa Scholarship Grant for Prospective Educators (VCU Chapter)
Endowed Award Amount: $500
Sponsored by the VCU Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the PDK Scholarship Grant is awarded to an excellent education student who is interested in teaching or professional education as a career. The primary criteria used to select the recipient will include scholarship, recommendations, written expression, interest in teaching or professional education as a career, and school and community activities.
School of Education Alumni Council Scholarship
School Award Amount: Varies
Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the School of Education. This scholarship will be awarded on both potential academic contributions to the field of education and financial need.
School of Education Faculty Organization Scholarship
School Award Amount: varies
Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the School of Education, plan to enroll in a minimum of six hours per semester during the year of the award, and demonstrate potential to be competent professionals in their intended field. The applicants must also demonstrate financial need.
Teacher Education Division Scholarship
Endowed Award Amount: $1,000
The Division of Teacher Education Scholarship is awarded to a student who is enrolled in the teacher preparation program and plans to pursue a teaching career working with children and youth. Applicants must plan to take a minimum of six credit hours each semester during the period of the award and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
John A. Van de Walle Scholarship
Endowed Award Amount: $500
The late Dr. John A. Van de Walle, one of the most renowned mathematics educators in the country, established this endowed scholarship in 2002. Dr. Van de Walle spent most of his career at the VCU School of Education where he was Professor Emeritus and for 29 years taught mathematics education to pre-service and in-service teachers. This scholarship shall be awarded based on financial need and academic merit to a student in the Elementary Education Master of Teaching Program who demonstrates a strong interest in mathematics education. In addition, students in the K-8 Mathematics Specialist Program, who are not recipients of National Science Foundation funding, are also eligible to apply.