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Scholarships and Grants

The Golden State Teacher Grant Program (GSTG)

The Golden State Teacher Grant Program (GSTG) encourages students to consider earning a teaching credential and teach in a high-need field, at a priority school, in California for four years, within five years after completing a teacher preparation program. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) will award $20,000 Golden State Teacher Grants to over 4,400 eligible students across California, that are enrolled in a Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved teacher preparation program on or after January 1, 2020. Applicants must agree to all terms and conditions of the GSTG program or be required to repay the grant.

The GSTG awards will be allocated to CTC approved teacher preparation institutions based on the number/percentage of preliminary teacher credential recommendations the schools graduated, the previ­ous academic year. College and University campuses will nominate applicants using their own selection criteria and procedures to identify eligible students. To apply for a Golden State Teacher Grant, send an email to goldenstateteachers@csac.ca.gov

If you need further assistance, please call (888) 224-7268.

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 NEW: Residency Year Scholarship

The Residency Year Scholarship Program was established for CSU students enrolled in programs that meet the standard of quality set by the New Generation of Educators Initiative (NGEI) with the support of the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. The scholarship is designed to serve candidates in CSU teacher residencies and is available to those committed to teaching in a high-need school for two years. Focus should be in teaching English learners, earning a bilingual credential, teaching in urban or high-need schools, or supporting students with special needs.

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Pioneer Scholarship Timeline

The majority of Pioneer Scholarships have a deadline of late January. See what you can do in the beginning of the academic year to prepare to apply.

October - The Pioneer Scholarship application will open.

January 31, 2020 - The general application will close for review.

February - Scholarship Review Process begins.

March - Financial Aid Award Letters will be generated with scholarship award information.

July - The scholarship system will shut down to archive the prior academic year’s information. 

September - Begin drafting your Personal Statement “My Story” essay so that you are ready to go once the application portal opens up in October.

Apply online at Pioneer Scholarships.

The Teacher Education Department is proud to offer additional support to our candidates though generous contributions from former educators and our external partnerships.

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