Pre-Service Teacher Scholarship
THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE!
South Carolina joins the Nation in an ever-increasing teacher shortage. Well-trained science and math teachers, in particular, are in extreme scarcity. SC Space Grant Consortium now offers a $3000 scholarship for students interested in becoming a middle or high school science, technology, engineering or mathematics teacher.
Goal: To increase the number of quality teachers pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Objectives: 1) To enable and support future qualified middle and high school STEM teachers as they pursue their pre-service college training and in-service practicum. 2) To reward qualified STEM teachers in SC and encourage more to join the ranks.
Eligibility: Students must:
- In two pages or less provide a brief lesson plan related to one of NASA's areas of research in STEM. Include: a) a general outline of how you would use the lesson, including intended age level; b) goals/results envisioned for students, c) suggested modifications or additions to the activity and d) ideas for evaluation;
- A brief description of your proposed use of the scholarship funds (1 page max)
* SCSGC Pre-service Teacher's Scholarship Program funds may be used for such expenses as: 1) reducing tuition burden; 2) covering travel and registration expenses for attending professional development workshops and training opportunities in STEM; 3) purchasing supplies for student teaching activities; or 4) other supportive activities that lead to the successful professional development and eventual graduation of the pre-service educator in SC;
- Include one recent copy of your college transcript(s) - unofficial is acceptable; and
- Two letters of recommendation, including one from your faculty advisor.
Selection of Proposals: The awards are determined by the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium Director and SC Space Grant Consortium Campus Directors. Selection for the awards are based on: 1) the academic qualifications of the applicant, 2) two letters of recommendation, 3) an example lesson plan using one of NASA's curriculum materials available via the world-wide-web (example sites below), 4) faculty sponsorship, and 5) a description of how the award funding will help you.
- Be a citizen of the United States;
- Attend a consortium member institution;
- Have sponsorship from a faculty advisor;
- Be a rising sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student;
- Be working toward a teaching certificate in a science, technology, engineering or, mathematics (STEM) related field. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the basic sciences, science education, astronomy, planetary science, environmental studies, and engineering.
Potential NASA Web Resources:
Equal Opportunity: Applicants will not be denied consideration on grounds of race, creed, color, age, sex, or handicap. We encourage women and minorities to apply.
Obligation to the Government: While students who receive support through the National Space Grant Program do not incur any formal obligations to the government of the United States, the objectives of the program clearly will be best served if graduates from the program pursue further study or careers in science, technology, and engineering fields and support areas.
Awards: Awards by the SC Space Grant Consortium will be administered through the Financial Aid office on whose campus the Scholar is working.
For more information, please contact: Cynthia Hall, Associate Director
phone: 843.953.7852 | email: SCSGrant@cofc.edu