Scholarships and Grants

One grant that is available for students who choose to teach in a high demand area is the TEACH Grant (pdf).  The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program is a grant to service program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private school that serves students from low-income families.  The Winona State University licensure areas that are currently in the highest demand in Minnesota are Chemistry, English as a Second Language (ESL), Mathematics, Middle Level Science (grades 5-8), Physics, Spanish, and Special Education.

WSU offers a scholarship entitled the Teachers from Diverse Backgrounds Scholarship.  To be eligible for the scholarship as an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate student, the student must be admitted into the Teacher Education unit or the Teacher Preparation Collaborative (TPC) at either the Winona or Rochester campus.  Scholarship awards are up to $1,000 per semester.  If the student remains in good standing, makes satisfactory progress at WSU, and continues on the path towards becoming a teacher, the award will be given each semester with a maximum total award of $4,000.  To apply, contact Karen Dunbar at .

In addition to the two opportunities listed above, there are more than 60 foundation scholarships available specifically for students who have been admitted into the Teacher Education unit. With this many scholarships available, there is bound to be one that is right for you and your area of study!  The scholarship window usually opens in February each year.  Most of the scholarships are for students enrolled in our undergraduate programs, but there are a few for graduate students as well.