Graduate Degree Programs

College of Education and Human Development Graduate Scholarships

Now accepting Scholarship Applications for Fall 2021 Only

DUE DATE: Sunday, August 8th, 2021

How to Apply for Scholarships:

Please fill out the linked application and read the application requirements for each scholarship. Send all supplemental materials for scholarship applications to grad@montevallo.edu. Scholarships applications without accompanying supplemental materials will not be considered. The linked application will include a personal statement reflecting on your academic journey and should not exceed 500 characters.

Apply for Scholarships Here

Candidates should meet all individual scholarship application criteria and provide three letters of recommendation discussing their potential for success in graduate study, unless otherwise stated. Current students who would like to renew their scholarship should submit one letter of recommendation from a current professor discussing their current performance in the graduate program. The letters should discuss their current success in graduate study and be submitted to grad@montevallo.edu. Select scholarships may have additional requirements.

For superior academic performance scholarships, master’s degree candidates must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and educational specialist candidates must have a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.8 on a 4.0 scale verified by an official transcript. Current students must maintain a masters GPA of 3.75 and an educational specialist GPA of 3.85.

For need based scholarships, candidates must fill out a FAFSA to demonstrate financial need. Please make sure that your FASFA is sent to the University of Montevallo. Candidates should also discuss their need in the scholarship narratives written for the application.

Final selections will be made by the department/college. All applications for the scholarships will be reviewed by a selection committee.

Scholarships Overview and Available Award Information

All University of Montevallo CEHD Institutional and Foundation graduate scholarships are listed below. The CEHD also keeps a list of select external awards that might be available to students. The CEHD scholarships that are awarded in the Fall are available for one year and will be divided between the fall, spring, and summer terms unless otherwise noted or requested by the student. If the scholarship is awarded in the spring, the student may choose to split it between spring and summer of the current academic year. In addition, if a scholarship is awarded in the summer, then it is only good for the summer term of the current academic year. Current students should re-apply for scholarships prior to each Fall term. Please see the scholarship criteria and eligibility below to determine renewability for multiple years.

Scholarships Available:

Scholarship Name & Amount: The Betty Gottler Scholarship for Returning Students (amount variable)
Renewable: Yes (by reapplication)
Program Eligibility: All Graduate Programs
Scholarship Criteria: To provide financial assistance to an outstanding and deserving student at the University of Montevallo. Candidates should meet all general scholarship criteria as well as criteria for superior academic performance listed above.

 

Scholarship Name & Amount: The Helen Perkins Scholarship Endowment (amount variable)
Renewable: Yes (Automatically for one year)
Program Eligibility: CEHD Graduate Programs
Scholarship Criteria: To provide financial assistance to a CEHD student with a verified financial need. Candidates should meet all general scholarship criteria as well as the criteria for need based awards listed above.

 

Scholarship Name & Amount: The Terry Roberson Graduate Honors Scholarship (amount variable)
Renewable: Yes (by reapplication)
Program Eligibility: All Graduate Programs
Scholarship Criteria: The intent of the Dr. Terry Roberson Graduate Honors Scholarship is to support outstanding graduates of four-year institutions of higher education who are seeking a graduate degree. Candidates should meet all general scholarship criteria as well as criteria for superior academic performance. Honors Scholarship applicants should include a current resume and an academic writing sample. (Applicants for degree programs that include an entrance portfolio/essay can use a selection from their portfolio or essay to meet their academic writing sample requirement.)

 

Scholarship Name & Amount: The Dr. Betty J. Bosdell Endowed Scholarship for Counseling Students (amount variable)
Renewable: Yes (by reapplication)
Program Eligibility: Counseling Program
Scholarship Criteria: The Dr. Betty J. Bosdell Endowed Scholarship for Counseling Students is for students earning a graduate degree in counseling services, who are in good standing with the University and have established financial need. Candidates should meet all general scholarship criteria as well as the criteria for need based awards listed above.

 

Scholarship Name & Amount: The Dr. Betty J. Bosdell Endowed Scholarship in Graduate Education (Counseling) (amount variable)
Renewable: Yes (by reapplication)
Program Eligibility: Counseling Program
Scholarship Criteria: The Dr. Betty J. Bosdell Endowed Scholarship for Counseling Students is for students earning a graduate degree in counseling services, who are in good standing with the University and have established financial need. Candidates should meet all general scholarship criteria as well as the criteria for need based awards listed above.

 

Scholarship Name & Amount: The Dr. Betty J. Bosdell Endowed Scholarship in Graduate Education (Teaching, Leadership, & Technology) (amount variable)
Renewable: Yes (by reapplication)
Program Eligibility: Graduate Programs in the Teaching, Leadership, & Technology Department
Scholarship Criteria: The Dr. Betty J. Bosdell Endowed Scholarship in Graduate Education (Teaching, Leadership, & Technology) is for students earning a graduate degree in education, who are in good standing with the University and have established financial need. Candidates should meet all general scholarship criteria as well as the criteria for need based awards listed above.

 

Scholarship Name & Amount: Bernice Finger Scholarship Fund (amount variable)
Renewable: Yes (by reapplication)
Program Eligibility: Exercise Science
Scholarship Criteria: The Bernice Finger Scholarship Fund is awarded annually to a full-time graduate student of outstanding academic achievement in physical education/exercise science. Candidates should meet all general scholarship criteria as well as criteria for superior academic performance listed above.

 

Scholarship Name & Amount: The Margery and Katheryn Purdy Scholarship for Teacher Leadership (Five $1,000 awards are given each academic year)
Renewable: Yes (by reapplication)
Program Eligibility: Teacher Leadership Program
Scholarship Criteria: The scholarship was established to provide financial aid to students who need financial assistance help and show academic promise and potential. Candidates should meet all general scholarship criteria as well as criteria for superior academic performance and need based awards listed above. Purdy applicants should include a current resume and two of their recommendation letters should be from teachers within the candidate’s school verifying exceptional performance as teachers and potential for success as Teacher Leaders.

 

Scholarship Name & Amount: The Montevallo Educators’ Partnership ($110 discount per credit hour off the price of tuition)
Renewable: Yes (Renews Automatically)
Program Eligibility: All education graduate programs, including School Counseling
Scholarship Criteria: All education graduate programs, including School Counseling, whose school systems are part of the Montevallo Educators’ Partnership

 

Scholarship Name: Minority Educators Scholarship Program
Due Date: August 1st
Renewable: Yes, for a maximum of 2 years; awards are made for fall and spring terms only; limited funding may be available for May/summer term; must be enrolled in at least 6 hours of course work; must maintain a 3.0 GPA for renewal
Program Eligibility: Alternative Masters Programs, Teacher Leadership Program, or Instructional Leadership degree programs. The MESP scholarship has a separate application (linked above) and applicants should only submit this application and other criteria as required by the directions in the linked application.
Scholarship Criteria:

Alabama resident status.

Identify as African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American, or Native-American.

Minimum MAT score of 388 or GRE score of 290 for graduates.

Minimum grade point average of 2.75 in college work.

Applicants must submit a 200-300-word essay on the topic “Why I Want to Teach” (Teacher Education Program) or “Why I Want to Lead” (Instructional Leadership Program).

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from high school or college teachers or administrators.

Finalists must complete an interview conducted by a CEHD screening committee.

 

Scholarship Name: McNair Program
Renewable: Yes (for a maximum of 2 years)
Program Eligibility: The student successfully participated in the McNair Scholars Program and are in good academic standing. The McNair Program has separate criteria (see the information linked above) and applicants should follow the directions on the McNair website.
Scholarship Criteria: The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, funded by the U. S. Department of Education, is designed to provide effective preparation for doctoral study for low-income, first generation, and underrepresented undergraduate students. Selection as a McNair Scholar is the result of a competitive process to participate in a program that prepares them for success in graduate school. Student must submit the application form, including an essay.

 


Graduate Assistantships and Job Openings

Graduate assistants at the University of Montevallo are students first and employees second. They have as their primary focus advanced study and ultimately the completion of a graduate degree. Therefore, the services they provide as graduate assistants should complement and seek to further professional development in their chosen field of study.

The selection process/criteria for graduate assistants may vary from program to program. Graduate assistants must remain in good academic standing and shall not be placed on academic warning. Graduate assistants are employed on a semester basis. During their employment as a graduate assistant, students must be enrolled at least part-time. Graduate assistants employed in the summer must be enrolled for a minimum of three (3) hours. Graduate assistants should work no more than twenty (20) hours per week.

Graduate assistants shall be supervised directly by a full-time faculty or staff member within the employing department/college. Graduate assistants’ responsibilities will be defined by the employing department/supervisor, and graduate assistants must perform satisfactorily as determined by the employing department and supervisor. The oversight of graduate assistants is the responsibility of the supervisor (department chair, staff supervisor, faculty supervisor) and the dean of the college in which the graduate student is employed. Evaluations of the graduate assistant’s performance will be maintained by the Student Employment Office. A favorable evaluation is required for continued student employment.


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*Please be aware there may be options to assist with loan debt accrued while pursuing your degree. The Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) and the Alabama State Board of Education (ALSBE) are pleased to announce the implementation of the Alabama Math and Science Teacher Education Program (AMSTEP). Learn more about the AMSTEP Program.*