Awards, Scholarships and Fellowships
College of Education & Human Development students can apply for awards, scholarships and fellowships to support their academic endeavors.
Awards and Scholarships
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 college alumni and friends.
- Provide a resume
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the College of Education & Human Development
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.5
- Transcript required
- Demonstrate a 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 for 2021/22 is October 11. The application is open now.
Download the application for the Alumni Network Scholarship Application »
Send your completed submissions to Michael Lindsay at email@example.com.
Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III was a world-renowned Pan-Africanist educator, historian and psychologist whose work impacted people around the globe. This $1,000 scholarship is given in recognition of leadership and engagement in urban education settings that has improved — and demonstrates a promise to continue improving — the educational context and/or student development and learning in these settings.
Call for Nominations
The Asa G. Hilliard III Memorial Scholarship recognizes excellence at the post-baccalaureate level. This honor bears a $1,000 award. The selected graduate-level student’s leadership, scholarship and activities in urban education settings will have improved — and will demonstrate the promise to continue to improve — the educational context and/or student development and learning in these settings. The recipient will be recognized at the College of Education & Human Development’s Scholars Reception Ceremony in April 2022.
- Be a graduate-level student in good academic standing in the College of Education & Human Development
- Have achieved a high level of academic achievement
- Actively exemplify the work and/or research of Dr. Asa Hilliard III
- Demonstrate activities and/or leadership leading to the improvement of urban education
- Utilize award funds for tuition, fees, books, room, board or other relevant expenses incurred by a graduate student
- Agree to serve as a liaison and volunteer at Asa G. Hilliard Elementary School on behalf of the CEHD
Nominees should submit:
- Nominee’s letter addressing the eligibility criteria listed above and proposed use of funds
- Nomination letter from a major professor addressing selection criteria
- Nominee’s Panther number, email address(es), phone number and mailing address
Materials submitted beyond the stated requirements will not be considered.
The completed nomination packet must be received no later than October 22, 2021.
Nominations are preferred electronically but may be delivered in person.
- Email document packet to Dr. DaShaunda Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org, also cc: email@example.com
- Alternately, deliver to the CEHD Dean’s Office, 10th floor, attention Patterson suite 1010
A selection committee is appointed by the dean.
Or deliver by 10/22/21 to the CEHD Dean’s Office, Attn: Patterson, Suite 1010.
The College of Education & Human Development’s Student Affairs Committee will award three student scholarships each spring: one $500 undergraduate scholarship, one $750 graduate scholarship (master’s and educational specialist programs) and one $1,000 doctoral scholarship (Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs).
Complete and submit your application online, including a financial need/personal statement and a letter of recommendation from one faculty member from your program department. Faculty members should submit recommendation letters online or deliver them to the Student Services Suite (College of Education & Human Development, Suite 300).
The application deadline for Spring 2023 is October 1, 2022. The application will be available by September 1, 2022.
This award recognizes the activities of graduating graduate students who demonstrate a commitment to their academic discipline. It will be presented at the college’s Spring Graduate Commencement. Up to two awards may be given at any one time; each award will have a $500 honorarium.
Nominations are made by CEHD faculty members. Submission packets should include a statement by the student detailing activities that demonstrate a commitment to the discipline, a current vita and a letter of endorsement by a CEHD faculty member.
Submission packets must be in one PDF file and sent to Kris Varjas, associate dean for graduate studies and research, at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. March 1, 2021. A recommendation for the awardee(s) will be made by a dean-appointed committee.
The Joanne R. Nurss Endowed Scholarship in Life-Long Literacy was established by Martha Abbott-Shim, in memory of Dr. Joanne R. Nurss, who founded Georgia State University’s Early Childhood Education Department and was critical to its success, and the success of its students. This scholarship will provide a monetary award to a graduate student, in good academic standing, who is focusing on early literacy, adult literacy, and/or the acquisition of English as an additional language.
Award Process & Criteria
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 pursuing a graduate degree focusing on early literacy, adult literacy, or the acquisition of English as an additional language; and
- have demonstrated financial need as determined by the Georgia State University Office of Financial Aid.
For more information about this scholarship, please visit our Joanna R. Nurss Endowed Scholarship in Life-Long Literacy page.
The Karen Lopp Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of Karen Lopp, a Ph.D. student in the school psychology program, is awarded each year to one graduate level student for their contributions to the university, college and the community.
- Be a current master’s or doctoral student in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services
- Demonstrate a commitment to advocacy or service to one of Karen Lopp’s areas of interest or other multicultural areas
Applicants must submit the following:
- A complete application
- A two-page essay
- Two letters of recommendation
For more information, contact Joel Meyers with the subject header: “Karen Lopp Scholarship.”
This award supports candidates pursuing a degree in teacher preparation who have the challenge of raising a family while furthering their education.
- Be in good academic standing in the College of Education & Human Development
- Be pursuing a teacher preparation degree and exhibiting exemplary teaching ability
Applicants 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 by October 24, 2022 to Joyce Many, associate dean of undergraduate studies and educator preparation, at email@example.com.
The 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 will be available from the Department of Kinesiology and Health at the beginning of the spring semester.
This award provides support to a student preparing to teach middle school mathematics and pursuing a master of education in mathematics education.
Applicants must write a 500-word essay describing the importance of mathematics with a discussion on their theory of teaching.
For more information, contact Gwen Kearney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College of Education & Human Development (CEHD) Dean’s Research Doctoral Fellowship initiative 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. All deadlines are by 5 p.m. on the given date.
For full information and application download the Dean’s Research Doctoral Fellowship document »
There are two application rounds. Regardless of the round, advisors are responsible for submitting the application(s) to the Office of the Dean by 5 p.m. on March 1. Each advisor may establish due dates for his or her advisee(s) to provide materials prior to this deadline.
Round one: All applicants offered a fellowship will be notified of their award status no later than March 15. Applicants selected for an award in the first round must either accept or decline the offer on March 25.
Round two: If fellowships are not awarded in the first round, then applicant(s) may be offered awards by March 31. Applicants selected during the second round must either accept or decline the offer by April 12. Any additional applications worthy of the Dean’s Research Doctoral Fellowship will be forwarded to the dean before determining if they should be funded.
The primary function of the CEHD Dean’s Research Fellowship initiative is to recruit and enroll newly-admitted, first-year doctoral students. Selection preference will be given to applicants who have not started their doctoral programming at Georgia State. However, it is recognized that there may be exceptions when a CEHD doctoral student may be seeking funding. As such, the Dean’s Research Fellowship is available to applicants who are in their first year of study.
Applicants must be admitted to a CEHD doctoral program. The applicant should request a nomination letter from her or his CEHD doctoral program advisor. The applicant must write a letter of application addressed to the dean that includes research goals, why he or she should be provided fellowship funding and how she or he is a good fit within the respective department. The applicant letter should not exceed two typed pages (single-spaced with 12 point font).
The applicant should send a vita to her or his advisor with the following information, if appropriate, in the prescribed order: name with contact information, areas of research interest, educational background (degrees received, attendance/graduation dates, majors), professional credentials (employment history), research and scholarship (publications), honors, awards and recognitions, instructional experiences, service experiences, honor societies and professional organization memberships and any additional relevant information. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the advisor with an electronic copy of the letter of application and vita in a timely manner in accordance with due dates established by the advisor.
No ancillary materials (for example, DVDs, CDs) will be accepted. Web addresses linking to ancillary materials may be included, as appropriate, in the nomination materials. However, whether or not any or all of the Web material is reviewed will be at the discretion of the dean and CRS members.
The Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education has partnered with the Future Immersion Teacher (FIT) Fellowship, an initiative of the French government’s Dual Language Fund that prepares students to teach in dual language immersion settings.
Qualified French-speaking students enrolled in either the M.Ed. in elementary education with a concentration in dual language education program or the dual immersion early childhood education endorsement program may apply for this fellowship.
For more information, contact email@example.com.
The Hayden-Waltz Doctoral Dissertation Award offers financial support for a Ph.D. student working toward completing his/her dissertation. All College of Education & Human Development doctoral students who have an approved dissertation prospectus may apply.
This $1,000 award was established by CEHD alumni Mel Hayden (Ph.D. ’89, Ed.S. ’82) and Lucy Welzant Hayden (Ph.D. ’86, M.Ed. ’77) to honor their parents.
For full information and application download the full Hayden-Waltz Doctoral Dissertation Award document »
The award is given based on the following selection criteria:
- Originality of idea
- Clarity and effectiveness of the presentation of ideas
- Quality of writing
- Contribution to the field and future scholarly productivity
- Reasons why the student is deserving of financial assistance in the completion of the dissertation
Applications are currently being accepted for this award.
Applicants must submit the following:
- Cover letter (include degree program and contact information)
- Three to a five-page executive summary of the dissertation written by the student (including a budget)
- Nomination letter from the major professor detailing why the student is deserving of financial assistance in the completion of the dissertation
In order to qualify for this award, a completed application and supporting documentation must be submitted in one PDF file by email to Kris Varjas, associate dean for graduate studies and research, by 5 p.m. on November 1.
Graduate Assistantship Opportunities
Graduate assistantships are available in departments and colleges across campus including our departments, centers and clinics. Every assistantship differs according to the funding source; some may be for one semester only, others may be extended beyond one semester. The hours of employment, the amount of tuition paid, and any additional stipend offered varies. You can apply for assistantships any time after you have been admitted to a program. Please contact our department to see what programs offer graduate research assistantships.
- Communication Sciences & Disorders
- Counseling & Psychological Services
- Early Childhood & Elementary Education
- Educational Policy Studies
- Kinesiology & Health
- Learning Sciences
- Middle & Secondary Education
- Centers and Clinics
Be sure to cast a wide net when seeking a GRA appointment on campus. New admits who are looking for such opportunities are encouraged to reach out to specific departments, clinics, and centers around campus. Click here for some connections to get you started and to learn more about what a GRA appointment entails.
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