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.

Scholarships

The Alonzo A. and Gwen Crim Scholarship recognizes excellence at the undergraduate level. This honor bears a $1,000 award. The selected student will demonstrate a commitment to serving urban communities through education in formal and/or informal spaces. The student must be connected to a currently active Crim Center program, initiative, or partnership. Utilizing Dr. Crim’s idea of the Community of Believers, the student selected should contribute to the development of solutions to pressing issues in urban communities their work, which also serves as a bridge between the university and greater community.

The awardee will be recognized at the College of Education & Human Development’s Honors Day Ceremony on April 19, 2017.

Award Criteria

Nominees must:

  • Be an undergraduate level student in good academic standing at Georgia State University.
  • Be connected to a Crim Center program, initiative, or partnership within the past two years.
  • Outline how your work serves as a bridge between university and the greater community and creates opportunities for communities of people to work collectively.
  • Participate in activities and/or demonstrate leadership leading to the improvement of urban education.
  • Utilize funds for tuition, fees, books, room, board, and other associated expenses incurred at the undergraduate level student.

Nomination Process — Nominators should submit the following:

  • Nominee’s letter (500-1000 words) addressing eligibility criteria listed above and proposed use of funds.
  • Nomination letter from any Georgia State University personnel who has worked closely with nominee that addresses the selection criteria.

Deadline

Please submit nominations by Feb. 10, 2017

All nomination packets must be submitted in person to The Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence (College of Education & Human Development, 30 Pryor St. SW, Suite 350, Atlanta, GA 30303). Please address nomination packets to Dana E. Salter, Interim Associate Director.

The College of Education & Human Development Alumni Scholarship Program honors students who exemplify excellence by their scholarship and commitment to improving student achievement. This scholarship is supported by donations from CEHD alumni and friends.

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.

Award Criteria

  • Be enrolled in a graduate program in the CEHD
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Demonstrate pattern of scholarship
  • Show a commitment of service to the university, community and profession
  • Have a letter of recommendation from a professor in his/her department

The application deadline is February 10.

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The Amy R. Lederberg Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Psychology Award for Outstanding Research is awarded to graduate students or new faculty (assistant professors) to support the  development of their research agenda and recognize research‐related accomplishments.

Award Criteria

The funds maybe awarded to graduate students or new faculty (assistant professors) to support the development of their research agenda and recognize research‐related accomplishments.

Selection Process

The Dean of the College, or his/her designee, will appoint the selection committee to determine the recipient and amount of the award(s).

The purpose of the Fund is to provide support to a graduate level student(s) whose scholarship, leadership and activities in urban education settings has served to improve, and shows promise to continue to improve, the educational context and/or student development and learning in these settings.

Contact Gwen Benson for more information.

This award honors doctoral students who have a commitment to improving pedagogy in teaching and teacher education.

Award Criteria

The award(s) are given to doctoral student(s) who are in good standing at GSU and exhibit the following:

  • a commitment to improving pedagogy in teaching and teacher education
  • who show a demonstrated financial need
  • the overall quality of their application

For more information, contact Gwen Kearney at gkearney@gsu.edu.

This fund provides support to an undergraduate student(s) in good standing at GSU.

Award Criteria

  • this award is intended for students who are currently enrolled in the College of Education & Human Development
  • preference is given to qualified students with a demonstrated financial need and preparing for a career in teaching
  • priority is given to students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

For more information, contact Gwen Kearney at gkearney@gsu.edu.

This award honors a student majoring and excelling in middle childhood education.

Award Criteria

  • this award is intended for students who are currently enrolled in the College of Education & Human Development
  • the recipient may include an undergraduate or graduate student preparing to be a teacher in middle/childhood education
  • preference is given to qualified students with a demonstrated financial need preparing for a career in teaching
  • priority is given to students with GPA of 3.0 or higher.

For more information, contact Gwen Kearney at gkearney@gsu.edu.

The Catherine Alberto Scholarship in Severe Intellectual Disability  Through this endowed scholarship he and his family hope to thank Georgia State for supporting his long career, and to provide some incentive for students to lead in the field of multiple and severe disabilities.

The purpose of the Fund is to provide support to students pursuing an advanced degree in the field of moderate to severe intellectual disability. The recipient of the award(s) must  be in good academic standing in the College of Education & Human Development;  be a doctoral level student studying moderate to severe intellectual disability.

The donor has expressed a preference that if no doctoral level student is available, the award may be given to an advanced masters student in the same field. The award may be given to the same student in more than one year, and at any point in their doctoral program.

Contact Dean Paul Alberto for more information.

The Chet W. Harris Scholarship is awarded annually to a doctoral student in the department of Counseling and Psychological Services who has demonstrated academic achievement and professional promise as a leader in Counseling, Counseling Psychology or School Psychology.

For more information about this scholarship, contact Katie Lowry.

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).

Award Criteria:

Undergraduate at the time of application: Every applicant who meets the minimum GPA of 3.0 will be considered equally according to the following criteria:

  • Student must be a rising junior or have completed the freshman and sophomore core;
  • Student is presently enrolled in the CEHD;
  • Student has completed 9 hours in the CEHD;
  • Student is in good standing in the CEHD;
  • Student shows a pattern of department/program involvement (professional organizations, SGAE student representation on committees, etc.);
  • Student shows financial need;
  • Students must have a letter of recommendation from a professor in his/her department.

Graduate (masters & education specialist) and Doctoral (Ph.D or Ed.D) at the time of application: Every applicant who meets the minimum GPA of 3.5 will be considered equally according to the following criteria:

  • Student is presently enrolled in the CEHD;
  • Student has completed 9 hours in the CEHD;
  • Student is in good standing in the CEHD;
  • Student shows a pattern of scholarship (e.g. the presentation of research at professional meetings, publications);
  • Student shows a commitment to service to the University, community, and profession
  • Student shows financial need;
  • Student must have a letter of recommendation from a professor in his/her department

Deadline: February 1

Download the CEHD Scholarship Application 

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
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3977
30 Pryor St. SW
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30302-3977

For more information, contact Debra Schober-Peterson, CEHD Student Affairs Committee

Supports masters students in the CSD program.

Award Criteria

This scholarship supports students studying CSD.

Contact Ruth Ebenezer for more information.

The purpose of this fund is to support the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.

Award Criteria

(1) working toward or having completed a major in special education,

(2) formal admission to GSU COE initial preparation program,

(3)GPA of at least 3.0 in all special education courses completed at time of application of this scholarship,

(4) instances where applicants meet all minimum criteria above (1‐3), preference should be given to a person who is underrepresented in the composition of prospective teachers of special education in the COE.

The Dean of COE or his/her designee shall determine the amount and number of awards and will appoint a committee to select the recipent(s) of the scholarship

Contact Ruth Ebenezer for more information.

Dean's Excellence Award in Counseling Education and Practice in Memory of Mary Jane Phillips
This  award is to provide a monetary award to a doctoral student in the Counseling Education and Practice (CEP) program, in their second or above year.

A committee established by the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development or his/her designee will determine the number and recipients(s) of the award(s).

The recipients(s) of the award must:

  • be in good academic standing at Georgia State University
  • be a doctoral student in the Counseling Education and Practice (CEP) program, in their second or above year
  • have demonstrated financial need as determined by the GSU Office of Financial Aid

Contact Catharina Chang for more information.

Dean's Excellence Award in Early Childhood Special Education in Memory of Ann Dixon Demonet.

This  scholarship  is award a student from CEHD pursuing a graudate degree in Special Education with a concentration in early childhood special education.

A committee established by the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development or his/her designee will determine the number and recipients(s) of the award(s).

The recipient of the award must:

  • be in good academic standing at Georgia State University;
  • be pursuing a graduate degree in Special Education with a concentration in early childhood special education;
  • have demonstrated potential to become an outstanding Special Education practitioner; and
  • have demonstrated financial need as determined by the GSU Office of Financial Aid.

A committee established by the Dean of the College of Education & Human Development or his/her designee will determine the number and recipients(s) of the award(s).

Contact Laura Fredrick for more information.

The purpose of the Educational Leadership Award is to provide support to a student pursuing an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.

Award Criteria

Applicants will write a 500 word essay describing the importance of school leaders and discussing their theory of teaching. Essays will be used by GSU staff to help determine the recipient.

Contact Jami Berry at jberry2@gsu.edu or at 404-413-8258 for more information.

This fund provides support for an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in mathematics education at the College of Education at Georgia State University and demonstrates academic excellence.

Award Criteria

The recipient must:

  • be in good academic standing at GSU
  • have a minimum GPA greater than 3.0

Contact Gwen Kearney for more information at gkearney@gsu.edu.

Felicia and Rodney Mayfield Scholarship $1000 Award

Description

Felicia Mayfield has spent her life sharing her time and talents as a teacher, educator, administrator and motivator. She is a proud "Triple Panther," having earned three degrees from Georgia State University. She credits the education she received at Georgia State as part of her success and feels that Georgia State is a cornerstone in the community.

Dr. Mayfield wants to ensure every student at Georgia State has the same opportunities she was afforded. She is particularly concerned with those students whose education is in jeopardy because they fall just below the grade point average required by the HOPE Scholarship. She has established the Felicia and Rodney Mayfield Scholarship for students in the College of Education & Human Development in financial need with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99.

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Scholarship Criteria

Students interested in applying for this scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently an undergraduate student majoring in a degree offered through the College of Education & Human Development
  • Enrolled in Spring 2017
  • Maintain a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99
  • Provide evidence of financial need

Application 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

Deadline

Materials can be submitted to Joyce Many, associate dean of undergraduate studies and educator preparation. Applications must be received by February 13, 2017.

Awarded to graduate level students who meet the requirements and are pursuing an M.Ed. Or Ph.D. in the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education with plans to teach or serve those students who have  learning and behavioral disorders in Special Education.

Award Criteria

The funds maybe awarded to graduate students or new faculty (assistant professors) to support the development of their research agenda and recognize research‐related accomplishments.

Contact Ruth Ebenezer for more information.

The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship(s) to students currently
enrolled in the Exercise Science program in the Department of Kinesiology and Health.

Award Criteria

  • You should be an undergraduate student majoring in exercise science
  • You should have a grade point average of at least 3.0 in all exercise science courses completed at the time of application

If no candidates meet all criteria, the committee will then make a selection based on the candidate that most closely matches the criteria and intent of the donor.

Contact Mark Geil for more information.

This award honors students who are majoring and excelling in mathematics with a focus in teacher preparation.

Award Criteria

  • the student should be working toward or completed a major in mathematics
  • the student should be admitted to the College of Education & Human Development initial teacher preparation program
  • the student should have a grade point average of at least 3.0 in all mathematics courses completed at the time of application
  • in instances where applicants meet all minimum criteria above, preference will be given to a person who is underrepresented in the composition of the prospective teachers of mathematics in the CEHD

If no candidate meets all criteria, the committee will then make a selection based on the candidate who most closely matches the criteria and the intent of the donor.

Contact Gwen Kearney at gkearney@gsu.edu for more information.

The purpose of this fund is to provide support for graduate students(s) in good standing in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services ("CPS") in the College of Education & Human Development who is dedicated to the study and clinical practice of play therapy.

Award Criteria

  • Be pursuing a graduate degree in Special Education with a concentration in early childhood special education

Contact Katie Lowry for more information.

This is award is to help support women pursuing a degree in teacher preparation and have the challenge of raising a family while furthering their education.

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 & 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

Submission

Materials must be submitted to Joyce Many, associate dean of undergraduate studies and educator preparation, at jmany@gsu.edu, by Feb. 13, 2017.

The committee established by the Dean of the College of Education or his/her designee will determine the amount and number of awards and select recipients.

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This scholarship will be given to doctoral students within the CPS department who are enrolled in the College. Scholarships will be awarded in the fall of each academic year.

Contact Katie Lowry for more information.

This award was established by College of Education & Human Development alumnus, Ms. Jennifer Wells Greene. The award recognizes a doctoral student studying language and literacy education with an emphasis on English as a second language.

Award Criteria

This award is used to support CEHD Ph.D. students with their research related expenses.

Contact Gwen Kearney at gkearney@gsu.edu for more information.

The purpose of the Fund is to provide scholarship support to undergraduate students in the College who are pursuing, or intend to pursue, a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Award Criteria

Students must have demonstrated  financial need as determined by the GSU Office of Financial Aid.

Contact Dedra Davison at 404-813-8231 for more information.

This award is presented to an active graduate student in sports administration.

For more information, contact Beth Cianfrone.

This award provides support to a student preparing to teach middle school mathematics and pursuing a masters of education (M.Ed.) in mathematics education at the College of Education.

Award Criteria

  • applicants write a 500 word essay describing the importance of mathematics with a discussion on their theory of teaching
  • essays will be used by GSU staff to help determine the recipient

Contact Gwen Kearney at gkearney@gsu.edu for more information.

Supports an undergraduate or graduate student studying intellectual disabilities and may be awarded based on need, merit or both.

Contact Ruth Ebenezer at 404-413-8042 for more information

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.
Presented each year to a masters student in the Urban Accelerated Certification and  Master’s Program in Early Childhood Education who exhibits the highest potential for excellence in teaching in and who pursues knowledge beyond that required for course  work. Recipients of the Robert L. Blaney & Joe C. White Award are individuals that communicate well with others, translate theory into practice and have a sense of  humor.

Award Criteria

  • Student must have demonstrated potential to become an outstanding Special Education practitioner.

Contact Dedra Davison at 404-813-8231 for more information.

This award is to recognize a doctoral student with an extraordinary dissertation prospectus in the area of urban education.

Award Criteria

Have a dissertation prospectus in the area of urban education approved by their committee

Provide a summary of how the funds will be used to support research efforts for their dissertation study

Contact Gwen Benson for more information.

The Roy M. Hall Award recognizes the first Dean of the College of Education & Human Development. This award supports the undergraduate senior who has maintained the highest scholastic average in teacher education courses.

This award supports the undergraduate senior who has maintained the highest scholastic average in teacher education courses.

Contact Nancy Keita for more information.

This is awarded to graduate level student(s) in good standing in the Department of  Kinesiology & Health who are involved with disability sports organizations in Atlanta. There's an award lunch in September.

Contact Deb Shapiro for more information.

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.
This award is given to an undergraduate or graduate student from the Department of Educational Policy Studies who is in good academic standing.

Contact Bill Curlette for more information.

Fellowships

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 http://crest.education.gsu.edu.

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

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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 researchlanglit.gsu.edu.
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.

Dissertation Awards

The Georgia State University College of Education & Human Development (CEHD) Dean’s Doctoral Research Fellowships recognizes outstanding scholarly accomplishments and the academic potential of newly admitted research doctoral students in the CEHD. Recipients of the four-year fellowship embody the highest standards of research and scholarship in the CEHD's graduate programs. Fellowships include a full tuition waiver and an annual stipend of $27,000 pending successful review of an annual report of activities.

The deadline for applications is by 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2017.

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DUE DATE: March 6 (5:00 p.m.)

Applications are currently being accepted for the annual CEHD Doctoral Dissertation Support Grants (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 by June 30, 2017.

In order to qualify for this award, all supporting documentation must be submitted by e-mail to coedissertationsupp@gsu.edu 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 at 404-413-8365 or wrthompson@gsu.edu.

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 wrthompson@gsu.edu.

Presented to a doctoral student or graduate whose dissertation exhibits originality, clarity and effectiveness in the presentation of ideas, quality writing and contributes to the future scholarly productivity of his or her field.

Contact Walt Thompson for more information.

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

The Scholarship Resource Center