Scholarships & Fellowships

Undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Education & Human Development can apply for a number of scholarships and fellowships to support their academic endeavors. Check out some of the great opportunities below.

Collaboration and Resources for Encouraging and Supporting Transformations in Education (CREST-Ed)

Program Details

Teacher Residents

  • are paid a stipend of $25,000 through the school district in which they are a Teacher Resident
  • will be accepted into the appropriate Georgia State University (GSU) teacher training programs and will complete coursework towards a master degree and teacher certificate within 18 months
  • will receive infusion of Special Education, ELL strategies, technology, and literacy across the content areas in their GSU teacher training courses
  • are placed for a full year with a qualified mentor teacher in a high-need school
  • will be provided continued induction through professional development after completion of program
  • must commit to a three-year service obligation at a high-need school in a high-need subject

Minimum Eligibility

Applicants for the CREST-Ed Teacher Residency program must:

In addition to the GSU application, CREST-Ed Teacher Resident applicants must:

For more information on CREST-Ed please visit

If you have questions about the Teacher Residency, contact Dr. Day Patterson at (Special Education) or Dr. Joe Feinberg at

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Kay Hettermann Chester graduated from College Park High School in 1965. After graduation, she began her college career that summer at Georgia State University, which was then Georgia State College. She became a member of Mu Rho Sigma (MRS), a sorority for married women on campus. Being married and working part time left little social time and MRS helped to provide the camaraderie and interaction with other women in similar situations. Chester graduated in 1969 with a B.A. in English and planned to teach. However, her plans changed and she started her family in 1970. She has two sons, Craig and Cliff, who live near her with their families. Through the years, her family moved every 10-12 years during the building of her husband’s various businesses. She now lives in the Vail Valley in Colorado, where she has served on several boards, including WestStar Bank, Bravo! Vail Music Festival and Chester’s Harley-Davidson – the current family business based in Mesa, Ariz.

Scholarship Criteria

Students interested in applying for this $1,000 scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in good academic standing in the College of Education and Human Development
  • Pursuing a teacher preparation degree and exhibiting exemplary teaching ability
  • If all other selection criteria are equal, the scholarship should be awarded to women who are raising a family while continuing their higher education.

Application Materials

Students must submit the following:

  • Letter of application outlining applicant’s commitment to degree completion, financial need, and statement of suitability for the scholarship as envisioned by Kay Chester
  • Two letters of support from faculty and/or staff advisor


Materials must be submitted to Joyce Many, associate dean of undergraduate studies and educator preparation, at, by Feb. 17, 2017.

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The College of Education & Human Development Alumni Scholarship Program honors students who exemplify excellence by their scholarship and commitment to improving student achievement.

The scholarship program commemorates 100 years of academic excellence and service to the community by Georgia State University alumni. College of Education & Human Development graduates are leaders and visionaries who serve students in rural and urban schools, colleges and universities across the nation.

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The College of Education & Human Development’s (CEHD) Student Affairs Committee will award three student scholarships each spring: one $500 undergraduate scholarship, one $750 graduate scholarship (masters and educational specialist programs), and one $1,000 doctoral scholarship (Ph.D. & Ed.D. programs).

Deadline: February 1

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Complete and submit the application and have one faculty member from your program department submit a letter of recommendation to:

Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Admissions
College of Education & Human Development
Suite 300
30 Pryor St.
Atlanta, GA 30303

The Georgia State University College of Education & Human Development Dean’s Doctoral Research Fellowships recognize outstanding scholarly accomplishments and the academic potential of newly admitted research doctoral students. Recipients of these four-year fellowships embody the highest standards of scholarship in our graduate programs. As funding permits, the Office of the Dean will determine the number of fellows and the amount to be awarded which includes tuition remission for four academic years.

Learn more about the Dean's Research Doctoral Fellowship.

Applications are currently being accepted for the annual CEHD Doctoral Dissertation Support Grant (Deadlines: First Monday in October and First Monday in March).  All CEHD doctoral students who have an approved prospectus may apply for this grant. The CEHD will award a maximum of 10 grants for $1,000 each (up to 5 per semester), depending on the quality of proposals and availability of funds.  Awards may be used for research expenses, including purchase of manuscripts through interlibrary loan, software, data collection expenses, professional travel and any other expenses that are allowed by Board of Regents accounting rules and as approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research.  All funds awarded must be spent within 12 months of receipt of the award.

In order to qualify for this award, all supporting documentation must be submitted by e-mail to by 5:00 p.m. on the first Monday in October for the Fall award cycle, and the first Monday in March for the Spring and Summer cycle. All information should be submitted as one PDF document in the order indicated below. The Committee on Research and Scholarship will review all applications and recipients will be chosen and notified within one month after the deadline. For more information, please contact Associate Dean Walt Thompson 404-413-8365 or

Nomination Requirements and Submission Materials:

  • Cover letter (include degree program and contact information)
  • Two-page summary of the approved prospectus
  • Nomination letter from doctoral chair addressing all of the selection criteria
  • Detailed budget for the use of grant funds.

The CEHD Committee on Research and Scholarship will evaluate applications in each of the following areas:

  • Significance or potential impact of the proposed study
  • Feasibility of the proposed work
  • Methodological soundness
  • Quality of the students’ writing
  • Appropriateness of the budget

At the completion of the award cycle, students should send a summary description of how they used the funds to support their dissertation work to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at

Felicia and Rodney Mayfield Scholarship   $1000 Award


Felicia Mayfield has spent her life sharing her time and talents as a teacher, educator, administrator and motivator. She is a proud "GSU triple Panther" having earned three degrees from Georgia State University.  She credits GSU's education as part of her success and feels that the university is a cornerstone in the community. Dr. Mayfield wants to ensure every student at GSU has the opportunity she was afforded.  She is particularly concerned with students whose education is in jeopardy because they fall just below the grade point average required by HOPE.  Therefore, she has established the Felicia and Rodney Mayfield Scholarship to award a College of Education & Human Development student who is in financial need and has a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99.

Application Deadline:  February 22, 2016


  • Undergraduate students majoring in degrees in the College of Education & Human Development
  • Must be enrolled in Spring 2015
  • GPA between 2.5 and 2.99
  • Evidence of financial need

Submission Materials:

  • Letter of application outlining the applicant’s commitment to degree completion and financial need
  • Two letters of support from faculty and/or staff advisor

Materials should be submitted to:

  • Joyce Many, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Educator Preparation
The goals of the Language and Literacy program are to integrate and build on our current nationally recognized individual research programs to create a world-class interdisciplinary research and doctoral training program focused on the acquisition of language and literacy. The Language and Literacy Program includes faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education & Human Development, including the departments of Educational Psychology and Special Education, Psychology, Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Communication, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Educational Policy Studies, and Philosophy. It also involves partnership with the Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning, the Language Research Center, and the Regents' Center for Learning Disorders. For more information, visit
This Margaret Jones Scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate student who is either preparing to teach or is currently teaching health and physical education at the elementary or middle school level. An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 is required. Application forms may be obtained from the Department of Kinesiology and Health at the beginning of spring term.

Dr. Jones was a health and physical education teacher educator at Georgia State from 1975 to 1993, when she retired and left a generous gift to fund this scholarship.  Dr. Jones was noted for her great enthusiasm as a teacher, and as a strong supporter of school physical education programs.  While at GSU, she started the Share The Wealth Conference, which has grown into one of the largest annual professional development events for elementary physical education teachers in the country.  Dr. Jones currently lives in the St. Louis area, volunteering for Meals on Wheels five days a week.  One of her hobbies is updating sport stamp checklists for the American Topical Association and Sports Philatelists International.

The Paul Douglas Congressional Teacher Scholarship is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Authority for the purpose of encouraging teaching careers at the preschool, elementary or secondary school level. Priority consideration is given to students in the critical teaching fields. Georgia residents who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class and are planning to teach upon graduation should contact the Georgia Student Finance Commission.
Individuals considering alternative routes to teacher certification may be eligible for Federal Pell Grants, Federal Perkins Loans and/or Stafford Loans under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) or Direct Loan Programs. The loans may be the most beneficial for those who plan to teach in high need schools or in subject areas where there is a demonstrated need for teachers because the repayment obligation can be cancelled if certain requirements are met.
The TEACH Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year ($16,000 total for an undergraduate program; $8,000 total for graduate studies) in grants to full-time students who plan to teach full time in high-need areas at schools serving students from low-income families.

For more information about available scholarships and fellowships, please visit Georgia State University’s extensive Scholarship & Grants website or visit:

The Scholarship Resource Center