With over 300 endowed funds provided by the generosity of donors, Teachers College awards over $9 million in institutional scholarships based on need and merit.

Students are generally nominated by program faculty for program-specific scholarships based on the admission and degree applications. For endowed scholarships, faculty committees select the award recipients based on criteria established by the donor. All students must apply for general scholarships in order to be considered for them. To apply for general scholarships, complete the general scholarship application, which is a part of the admissions application. 

The scholarships below have separate applications and requirements to which you must adhere. Read through the following list carefully and make sure that you meet the stated requirements before applying.

City Year Scholarship

Application Due Date: TBD

City Year, an education-focused nonprofit organization operating in more than 20 US cities, has established a "give a year" partnership with Teachers College (TC). The partnership highlights the visions and values of both organizations integrating the power of knowledge and service in addressing social problems. Up to three City Year corps, alumni, or staff members will be eligible to receive a one-time scholarship from TC in an amount equal to 25% of tuition charges (funds will be awarded in each recipient's first year of study). Applicants for the City Year Scholarship must be enrolling in a master's degree program at Teachers College (with an entry term of Summer 2018 or Fall 2018).

Those interested in applying for the City Year Scholarship must submit the City Year Scholarship Application Form by the January 15th deadline. Those who are eligible to apply for the City Year Scholarship should find the application form on their Admission Status Page after they have completed their application for admission. Learn more about City Year here.‌

Please note that this award-specific application is separate from the scholarship application included within your application for admission. The application for this award will be available to new students only (namely, those who plan to begin their studies in Summer 2018 or Fall 2018).

Diversity in Education (HBCU) Scholarship

Application Due Date: TBD

Teachers College (TC) has created a unique opportunity for graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as part of our dedication to supporting excellence in the fields of education, health, psychology, and leadership-- especially, in relation to the impacts on social and educational equity in America. This award will provide tuition scholarships for up to three graduates from HBCUs who best demonstrate an outstanding commitment to advancing areas of education, health, psychology, or leadership in urban areas. Depending on their program, MA/MS recipients may receive up to 36 credits of total funding; EdM recipients may receive up to 48 credits (funds may be applied to tuition only and not to exceed total credits required for program of study). Applicants must plan to enroll in a master's program at Teachers College (with an entry term of Summer 2018 or Fall 2018).

Those interested in applying for the Diversity in Education (HBCU) Scholarship must submit the Diversity in Education (HBCU) Scholarship Application Form by the January 15th deadline. Those who are eligible to apply for the Diversity in Education (HBCU) Scholarship should find the application form on their Admission Status Page after they have completed their application for admission.

Please note that this award-specific application is separate from the scholarship application included within your application for admission. The application for this award will be available to new students only (namely, those who plan to begin their studies in Summer 2018 or Fall 2018).

LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship

Application Due Date: TBD

The LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship is for students interested in a career that supports LGBTQ populations in the fields of health, education, and psychology. This award will provide a tuition scholarship to one recipient who demonstrates a clear commitment to research and practice surrounding LGBTQ issues and awareness. The recipient of the award will likely be expected to construct a relevant service or research contribution to the TC Community. Depending on their program, MA/MS recipients may receive up to 36 credits of total funding; EdM recipients may receive up to 48 credits (funds may be applied to tuition only and not to exceed total credits required for program of study). Applicants must plan to enroll in a master's program at Teachers College (with an entry term of Summer 2018 or Fall 2018) and have a dedicated commitment (with service visible on their resume and within their scholarship essay) to the field of LGBTQ issues and awareness.

Those interested in applying for the LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship must submit the LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship Application Form by the January 15th deadline. Those who are eligible to apply for the LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship should find the application form on their Admission Status Page after they have completed their application for admission.

Please note that this award-specific application is separate from the scholarship application included within your application for admission. The application for this award will be available to new students only (namely, those who plan to begin their studies in Summer 2018 or Fall 2018).

Posse Foundation Fellowship

Application Due Date: TBD

Teachers College has established a graduate fellowship for a Posse Foundation alumna or alumnus who enrolls full-time in a master's degree programs at the College. The Posse Foundation Fellowship award will provide a tuition scholarship for one recipient. Depending on their program, MA/MS recipients may receive up to 36 credits of total funding; EdM recipients may receive up to 48 credits (funds may be applied to tuition only and not to exceed total credits required for program of study). Applicants must plan to enroll in a master's program at Teachers College (with an entry term of Summer 2018 or Fall 2018).

Those interested in applying for the Posse Foundation Fellowship award must submit the Posse Foundation Fellowship Application Form by the January 15th deadline. Those who are eligible to apply for the Posse Foundation Fellowship should find the application form on their Admission Status Page after they have completed their application for admission.

Please note that this award-specific application is separate from the scholarship application included within your application for admission. The application for this award will be available to new students only (namely, those who plan to begin their studies in Summer 2018 or Fall 2018).

Peter Greeman Scholarship

Application Due Date: TBD

The Peter Greeman Scholarship will be granted by Community Teachers Initiative, Inc. (CTI) to students who are seeking to obtain a master's degree with state teacher certification and pursue teaching careers in the New York City public schools or in a school district in an urban area located within the New York City Metropolitan area.

Peter Greeman Scholarship recipients are selected by CTI and a committee at Teachers College, Columbia University. Those awarded a Peter Greeman Scholarship will receive an award which will pay for up to a maximum of 46 credits (up to 12 credits per semester) and required fees towards a student’s master's degree program. Upon graduation recipients must commit to teaching in a high needs public school in the public school system of the City of New York or in a public school district located in an urban area within 30 miles of the borders of the City of New York for at least two (2) years. Additionally, each scholarship recipient must be a resident of the City of New York, or live within 50 miles of the borders of the City of New York and must commit to so residing for at two (2) years after graduation. Preference will be given to candidates who hail from a NYC Urban Community and who demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching urban communities.

Those interested in applying for the Peter Greeman Scholarship must submit the Peter Greeman Scholarship Application Form by the February 15th deadline. Those who are eligible to apply for the Peter Greeman Scholarship should find the application form on their Admission Status Page after they have completed their application for admission.

Please note that this award-specific application is separate from the scholarship application included within your application for admission. The application for this award will be available to new students only (namely, those who plan to begin their studies in Summer 2018 or Fall 2018).

The Lemann Fellowship

Application Due Date: TBD

The Lemann Fellowship at Teachers College (TC) is an extension of the commitment and generosity of the Lemann Foundation to foster educational service and exchange between Brazil and the TC educational community. Preferred applicants will be those that are citizens or residents (current or former) of Brazil with a demonstrated interest in areas relating to social change, education policy and/or leadership, development in curriculum and teaching, and advancing technology and innovation in Brazil; applicants must intend to use their master's degree from TC to further those interests. The Lemann Fellowship will provide funds to cover up to 80% of the estimated total cost of tuition and room and board for qualified recipients.

The Lemann Fellowship program aims to contribute to accelerating social change in Brazil through providing financial assistance to master's students with a commitment to addressing crucial developmental challenges facing Brazil. The fellowship is open to applicants with interests in the public, non-profit, and/or private sectors.

Those interested in applying for the Lemann Fellowship award must submit the Lemann Fellowship Application Form by the March 1st deadline. Those who are eligible to apply for the Lemann Fellowship should find the application form on their Admission Status Page after they have completed their application for admission.

The Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship

The Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship is a financial aid award in the amount of $10,000 per academic year for TC students to work with disadvantaged inner-city youth. All questions regarding the Zankel Fellowship should be directed to the Office of School and Community Partnerships.

More info can be found on the OSCP website for Zankel & other forms of Student Support.

Margaret Mead Fellowship

The Margaret Mead Fellowship is awarded annually to three students who plan to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology and Education. Each fellow receives funding to cover 10 of the 32 credits required to complete the degree.  Indicate in your Statement of Purpose (part of your application for admission) that you would like to be considered. For additional information, email Hazel Amadias or Deanna Gregory.

Qualifications

New students: In order to be considered for scholarship at Teachers College, you must complete the scholarship section of your application for admission. While completing your application for admission, you will be asked if you are interested in receiving scholarships at Teachers College. If you click "Yes," you will be prompted to answer a series of merit-based questions, which serves as your scholarship application. Students need to apply for scholarships only once per degree program. To receive priority consideration for scholarships, new students must complete their admissions application by the priority deadlines.

Returning Students: If you are a continuing student, your scholarship application will remain active and no additional applications are necessary.

International Students: International students are eligible for all sources of institutional scholarship aid, except where restrictions exist (i.e., minority scholarships). International students will be considered for institutional scholarships at Teachers College by completing the scholarship section of your application for admissions. You will be considered for several types of scholarships, including the Teachers College International Scholarship.

Deferred Admissions: If you deferred admission but already completed a scholarship application, you do not need to complete another scholarship application. Contact our office to verify that your scholarship application is on file.

If you have not completed a scholarship application at any time, or if you answered "No" to the question about receiving scholarships on your admissions application and now wish to be considered for scholarships, contact our office for further directions.

Terms and Conditions

  • For detailed terms and conditions of the Teachers College Scholarship, please click here. Note that the Teachers College Scholarship does not renew beyond the first year. Please be aware that the Teachers College Scholarship is a non-renewable award.

  • For detailed terms and conditions of other scholarships, including the TC General, Supplemental, Minority, and International Scholarship, please click here.

  • Scholarship points are not transferable from one academic year to the next, and the awards are not guaranteed to renew.

  • In most cases, you are able to adjust your scholarship award(s) to disburse in a way that better matches your enrollment for the year. You must specify the semester and the amount that pertains to your request to the Office of Financial Aid.
  • TC institutional funding is not guaranteed; applications submitted for review will be considered and selected candidates will be notified.  Students are expected to only consider funds as part of their resources towards the balance if they have been awarded.  The timeline for the review process of an application cannot be expedited; therefore, students should not hold off on making their payments to Bursar according to their payment deadlines.
  • The TC Minority Scholarship seeks to promote the enrollment of a diverse student body at the College, including individuals from historically underrepresented groups​. ​To be eligible,​ ​students must be U​S citizens or permanent residents and must complete the TC ​S​cholarship ​A​pplication at the time of admission.​ ​In making awards under this program, consideration will be given to all students who have self-identified on the TC Scholarship Application​​ either,​ as members of an underrepresented U​.​S​.​ ethnic minority groups, as individuals with disabilities, or as​ a​ first generation college student.​ ​The academic program faculty scholarship committees​ ​which make these awards ​will ​also take into consideration a range of other factors related to the enrollment of a diverse student body at the College, including: geographic origin, socioeconomic status (e.g., evidence of social and economic disadvantage), and family and educational background (e.g. first generation college, enrollment at a historically minority serving institution, etc.).

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