Financing your Education

Financing your Education

Scholarships, grants, loans, internships - each may play a role in your undergraduate education. Be sure to explore your options. Questions should be directed to the Scholarship Office at (509) 963-1611.

Your Situation Scholarship Opportunity

  • I am a freshman/sophomore WA Opportunity, TEACH, Teacher Shortage Conditiona
  • I am a junior/senior or transfer student with an AA degree WA Opportunity, TEACH, Scholarship Central(Elliot and Howard), Teacher Shortage Conditional, Student Teaching Grant
  • I have financial NEED-WA Opportunity, any other CWU need-based via Scholarship Central, Robert R Vance Scholarship, Information available via Scholarship Central
  • I am from an underrepresented group in STEM WA Opportunity, Information available via Scholarship CentraL
  • I want research experience Information available via Scholarship CentraL
  • I am willing to teach in a low-income school after graduation TEACH, Teacher Shortage Conditional
  • I will need support during Student Teaching Student Teaching Grant
  • I am interested in teaching science Elliot Family, Howard Family via Scholarship Central Scholarship Central *HINT!!! If you are in TeachSTEM, apply for this scholarship!!
  • I am interested in chemistry Information available via Scholarship Central
  • I am interested in biology Information available via Scholarship Central
  • I am interested in math Information available via Scholarship Central
  • I am interested in computer science Information available via Scholarship Central
  • I am interested in physics Barbara Lotze
  • I am a graduate student interested in teaching science AFCEA
  • Be sure to investigate opportunities outside of the Scholarship Central application that may apply to you. Find a list of them here:scholarships/outside-scholarships

Various scholarships at CWU

the following is a list of scholarships that are available for students at cwu
  • Scholarship Central Database

    The Scholarship Central Database is open October 1 through February 3 each year. Contact your department(s) for specific scholarship information. For further scholarship information in general, please contact the Scholarship Office at (509) 963-1611.

    Washington State Opportunity Scholarship 

    • Supports low- and middle-income students pursuing high-demand majors in science, technology and math
    • Encourages recipients to work in Washington State once their degree is complete
    • Award amounts will vary
    • Must be a WA resident who graduated from a WA high school
    • DUE: February

    TEACH Grant 

    • Provides grants up to $4,000 a year for education students
    • Recipients must teach in a low-income school and high-need area for four years
    • DUE: February

    Elliott Family Scholarship 

    • Declared major in Biology/Chemistry/Geology/Physics/Middle Level Science AND STEM Teaching Program
    • 3.0 GPA requirement
    • DUE: March 1st

    Howard Family Scholarship

    • Declared major in Biology/Chemistry/Geology/Physics/Middle Level Science AND STEM Teaching Program
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • 3.5 GPA requirement
    • DUE: March 1st

    Robert R. Vance Scholarship

    • Declared major in Mathematics/Biology/Chemistry or Physics
    • Junior or Senior status but plan to stay at least one more year
    • Awards up to $5000 per year
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • 3.0 GPA requirement
    • DUE: March 1st, apply through Scholarship Central

    Barbara Lotze Scholarship

    • Supports future physics teachers up to $2,000 per year
    • Applications will be accepted at any time and those received by the December 1 deadline will be considered for that year
    • DUE: December 1

    AFCEA Educational Foundation STEM Teaching Scholarship (Graduate Students)

    • Supports graduate students majoring in STEM secondary education
    • Up to $5,000 each year
    • DUE: April 1

    Washington Student Achievement Council Scholarships 

    • Supports paraeducators to earn a teaching degree
    • Supports certified teachers to add a high needs certification

    Teacher Shortage Conditional Scholarship 

    • Must be accepted into a PESB approved teacher preparation program leading to an initial teacher certification
    • DUE October 15th

    Student Teaching Grant 

    • The intent of the grant is to provide additional funds to student teachers at Title I public common schools in Washington. This is a grant that does not require a service obligation or promissory note.
    • DUE October 15th
  • Robert and Barbara Wright Scholarship

    Due to the generous support of the Wright family, we are able to offer financial support for students seeking teacher certification through the Teach STEM program. These scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors in the spring in support of their student teaching quarter. Interested students should prepare an essay addressing the following questions:

    Scholarship Essay Question Information:

    • What past experience(s) have encouraged you to become a STEM educator? Max of 200 words.
    • What is your justification for the amount you are requesting? For example, how do you expect you would use this award (e.g., for housing, sustenance, transportation, childcare, tuition, etc.)? If you asked for more than $500, why did you ask for this amount? Max of 100 words.
    • How would this impact your ability to succeed at CWU and complete your degree? Max of 200 words.

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