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Scholarship Applications are NOW OPEN!

Applications for School of Education scholarships will be awarded for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.  Applications for these scholarships will close April 3rd, 2021.

Please note: We are only awarding scholarships once for the entire academic year, so if you are student teaching or beginning/continuing residency in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022, you should be applying for any scholarships for those semesters now.

Please check back to see if any additional scholarships are opened before the deadline.

Follow these steps to apply:

First, please review the list below to determine the available scholarship(s) for which you qualify. 

To apply for any scholarships (unless otherwise noted in the list below), you must log in to AcademicWorks using your MSU Denver student account credentials and complete a General Scholarship Application.  Once complete, you will select the scholarship(s) for which you are eligible, and then you will submit additional materials and information as needed for each scholarship.

If you have general questions about SOE scholarships, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page. 

Cecelia A. Box Endowed Teaching Fellowship

This fellowship endowment is established in honor of Cecelia A. Box to provide financial support to outstanding full time students seeking professional teaching licensure.  Cecelia A. Box was an Associate Professor in the Secondary Education Department from 1993-1999. During that time, she observed first hand the challenges and sacrifices students faced carrying the full time commitment of student teaching, which, for so many, conflicted with their ability to support themselves at other jobs.  Students who complete a residency in place of student teaching may also apply for this scholarship.

Gartshore Finish Line Scholarship

The Gartshore Finish Line Scholarship provides financial assistance for undergraduate students in School of Education or College of Business programs who are found to be within 24 hours of degree completion and have a demonstrated financial need. Preference may be given to those that have exhausted Federal Pell and Loan eligibility.  Students must remain eligible to receive aid based on the MSU Denver Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.

GITA Guaranteed-to-Succeed Mini Grant

This $500-$1000 grant is designed to support students who demonstrate significant financial need and/or might have a hard time paying for college.
Applicants must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Have completed at least 60 college credit hours by the starts of the Fall 2020 semester
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours for Fall 2020 (must be enrolled by August 24th, 2020)
  • Have filed a FAFSA or DREAMer and International Applicant for Institutional Aid for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Be at or below the eligible income level for a Pell Grant Attach a Path to Graduation form

You’ll need to have it ready as a PDF before starting the application. Advisor's approval required. Given the COVID-19 online policy, you can submit an e-mail from your advisor confirming they have completed the Path to Graduation form with you. Virtual advising is available.

Download the GITA Guaranteed-to-Succeed Mini Grant flyer for additional information.



Hannah Brooke Eppley Scholarship

The newly established Hannah Brooke Eppley Scholarship has been set up to provide financial assistance to Early Childhood Education majors at MSU Denver. The scholarship was set up by Kyrie Eppley, an alum of MSU Denver, to honor her daughter, Brooke, whom Kyrie raised as a single parent.  As an appreciative recipient of an academic scholarship while completing her undergraduate degree, Kyrie created the scholarship as a way of giving back to the MSU Denver Early Childhood community.

Preference will be given to single parents.

Jack and Fran Kaufman Scholarship for Student Teaching and Residency

This scholarship, established by former MSU Denver professors Fran and Jack Kaufman, provides financial support to students seeking professional teaching licensure during the semester(s) of their full-time student teaching or residency. Fran, an Associate Professor in the Secondary Education Department from 1993-1999 and Jack, an adjunct professor during this same time, observed first-hand the challenges and sacrifices students faced carrying the full-time commitment of student teaching, which, for so many, conflicted with their ability to support themselves financially.

Kappa Delta Pi Student Teaching Scholarship

To provide assistance for tuition, fees, books, or basic living costs (i.e. housing, food, childcare) to one or more highly motivated, outstanding student(s) who will be doing his/her student teaching.

The Pi Nu chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international teaching honor society in education, recognizes the financial strain often associated with student teaching for Metropolitan State University of Denver students and wishes to provide support for a talented student, preferably a member of Kappa Delta Pi, during this phase of their teacher education.

Preference will be given to Kappa Delta Pi members.

Marge Fisch Endowed Scholarship

To provide assistance to students who intend to teach middle school, this scholarship is available until the student teaching semester.

The purpose of this scholarship is to offer financial assistance to future teachers at the Middle School educational level. Middle School students present many challenges and the teacher must understand the uniqueness of this age group. This special teacher should have a broad knowledge of his/her subject matter, a caring attitude, love of learning , knowledge of discipline and classroom management techniques, a sense of humor and a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people. Marge Fisch was a Language Arts teacher in Jefferson County and a mentor to other teachers.

Michael A. Bentley Endowed Memorial Scholarship

This fund has been established, at the request of Michael Bentley, with the goal of helping Adams City High School students successfully complete their first year of studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

The scholarship is offered to students who have graduated from Adams City High School and have been accepted to MSU, with the end goal of obtaining Colorado certification to teach science, math, technology or STEM.  The scholarship is offered through MSU Denver because of their First Year Success Program.  This program supports Mr. Bentley’s desire to assist these Adams City students in their first year and renewable each year thereafter if the student meets the established criteria.

Noyce U-STEM Scholarship

In recognition of the correlation between teacher quality, including mastery of content knowledge and student achievement, the National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, named for a pioneer of semiconductor development and founder of the semiconductor industry, seeks to encourage talented mathematics, science, and engineering students to pursue teaching careers.

Metropolitan State University of Denver mathematics and science majors who are becoming secondary teachers AND secondary education post-bacs in mathematics or science are invited to apply for U-STEM Scholarships. Scholarships cover a majority of the personal expense incurred with attendance at MSU Denver-- $5,000 (pre-student teaching) to $8,000 (during student teaching), for a maximum of four semesters of full time enrollment. Once a U-STEM Scholar is in the program, they will continue to receive scholarship funds each semester as long as they fulfill the service requirements of the scholarship, AND maintain good academic progress (minimum 2.75 GPA).



Oasis Recovery: Shining the Light on Trauma Scholarship

We are excited to announce Oasis Recovery's annual $1500 scholarship, which is available to college students of all majors who have endured and healed from trauma. We're hoping to join forces with all those that have risen from vulnerable places to raise awareness, and support one college student financially in their journey through higher education.

Eligibility and application details are as follows:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled at an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university during the 2020-2021 academic year. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply.
  • One student will be selected to receive $1500 in scholarship funds based on merit and their winning essay.
    Scholarship funds must be used to pay for qualified expenses, including tuition, books and on-campus room and board for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • To enter, applicants are encouraged to send their submission to , along with their name, college/university, expected year of graduation, and intended major.
  • The deadline for submissions is April 1st, 2020. The winner will be notified individually and announced on or around May 1st, 2020.


Peierls Student Teacher Scholarship

To provide assistance to students during their student teaching/residency semester(s).

This scholarship is established to address the identified financial needs of students who are in the last stages of preparing to be teachers, i.e. doing their student teaching or residency. During that time, they cannot be employed, which creates a significant burden on them. The Peierls Foundation wants to support them becoming teachers and reduce the financial stress and problems that affect many of these students. The foundation highly values the contribution made by teachers in our community.

Salazar Family Scholarship

To provide financial assistance to students enrolled in education majors at MSU Denver.

The scholarship was set up by the Salazar family to assist Metropolitan State University of Denver students with scholarship support.

PLEASE NOTE: This scholarship is not being offered at this time.  Please check back for updates.

SNEA/Colorado Education Association @ MSU Denver Endowed Scholarship

To provide assistance annually to benefit any prospective student teacher or resident seeking licensure at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The student may be degree seeking or just seeking licensure.

Preference will be given to SNEA members.

Dr. Suzanne W. Dunshee Endowed Scholarship

To provide assistance to students planning to teach elementary education.

Prior to her arrival at Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2001, Dr. Suzanne W. Dunshee spent over thirty years in the classroom as an educator in the public school system. She considered public education to be the strongest forum for young individuals to cultivate and pursue their ambitions. This scholarship has been established with the purpose of providing for students in the study of elementary education who demonstrate a similar level of dedication and diligence to future achievement in public education.

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