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Prospective Students > Funding Your Education

Funding Your Education

For many students, the availability of financial aid can greatly affect their decision to pursue an advanced degree in higher education.  We encourage all students to utilize the resources of the Teachers College Office of Financial Aid to review information on tuition and feels, institutional scholarship funding, as well as a listing of external grants and scholarships.


For more information on financial aid requirements and questions, please visit the Office of Financial Aid Prospective Student Information site.

Please note: some Teachers College Scholarships and Fellowships are part of your application for admission into TC, which means that you apply for the scholarship or fellowship when you apply for admissions.  Some of these scholarships are a one-time scholarship application that will carry over into each aid year that you attend as a student at TC.  Please carefully read through the descriptions below, as well as the descriptions on the scholarship websites, for more details about application deadlines and submissions.

Teachers College Scholarships & Fellowships

·       125th Anniversary Scholarship is a one-time award of $10,000.

Continuing master’s and doctoral students are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients will be evaluated based on academic merit, satisfactory academic progress and financial need.


Please note: Applications are not being accepted until 2015.

·       City Year Scholarship is an education-focused nonprofit organization operating in more than 20 U.S. cities, has established a "give a year" partnership (City Year Scholarship) 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. Each participant will be eligible to receive a scholarship from Teachers College. The award will be a one-time award in the amount equal to approximately 25% of tuition charges (for up to three City Year corps, alumni, or staff members per year). Funds permitting, TC will allow the students to defer enrollment by one year if they decide to stay with City Year for additional time before beginning their studies. To learn more about City Year, click here.


Those interested in applying for the City Year Scholarship must submit the City Year Scholarship Interest Form. Please read through the Interest Form carefully and make sure that you meet the stated requirements.


The City Year Scholarship Interest Form must be submitted to by January 15th, 2015. 


Please note: students must successfully complete and submit their application for admission to Teachers College before they may apply for the City Year Scholarship.


·       The Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship is a financial aid award in the amount of $10,000 per academic year for Teachers College students to work with disadvantaged inner-city youth. The Zankel Fellowship is made possible by a gift from the estate of Arthur Zankel, who was an esteemed trustee of Teachers College. The Zankel Urban Fellows carry on Mr. Zankel’s legacy of passion for education by contributing their expertise to programs serving disadvantaged inner-city youth. All questions regarding the Zankel Fellowship should be directed to the Office of School and Community Partnerships.


For additional questions, click here, or contact the Office of School and Community Partnerships (OCSP) directly. If awarded, OSCP will notify our office so that we can include the funding on your 2014-2015 award package.


Please note: applications for the 2015-2016 Zankel Fellowship will re-open in the Spring of 2015.

Please note: students must successfully complete and submit their application for admission to Teachers College before they may apply for the Zankel Fellowship.

·       The LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship is for students interested in a career that supports LGBTQ populations in the fields of health, education, and psychology. This scholarship will award $18,000 in tuition assistance to selected recipients who demonstrate a commitment to research and practice surrounding LGBTQ issues and awareness. Teachers College (TC) is collaborating with the Tyler Clementi Foundation in offering this scholarship for this first time in 2014. Recipients of the award will be expected to construct a relevant service or research contribution to the Foundation.


Those interested in applying for the LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship must submit a fellowship personal statement (in addition to the statement of purpose one submits with their TC Application for Admission). Applicants must also submit the LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship Interest Form. Please read through the Interest Form carefully and make sure that you meet the stated requirements. These two items must be submitted to by January 15th, 2015.


Please note: students must successfully complete and submit their application for admission to Teachers College before they may apply for the LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship.

External Funding & Scholarships

·       Diversity Jobs “Street Smart” Scholarship Program is open to all diversity and minority students, including Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, military veterans, women, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community. awards $3,000 annually to currently enrolled undergrads and graduate students from registered schools in the US.  The next application deadline is April 30, 2015. 

·       Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship program (HH/WBGSP) funds students who come from developing countries. This program fully funds students with airfare, tuition and health insurance, and a stipend for up to 2 years.


When you visit to the scholarship website, you will see that the MA program in Higher and Postsecondary Education is listed.

·       Phi Delta Kappa International provides annual graduate fellowships for those who are pursuing graduate degrees at the master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. 

·       The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship provides scholarship opportunities for Hispanic/Latinos with history of community service and interested in continuing their civic engagement in the future. Click here for more information, and use this link to see another comprehensive directory of scholarships, internships, and fellowships for Hispanic/Latino students.

·       The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund was created as a perpetual charitable trust designated as “The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund” for the purpose of funding advanced education and graduate study grants, which must be carried out entirely in the United States of America. The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships are to be awarded only to candidates who have outstanding undergraduate records, have demonstrated a need for financial assistance, are citizens of the United States of America, are enrolled in accredited colleges and universities in the United States and have received baccalaureate degrees.

·       The Gates Millennium Scholars Program promotes academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by:

o    Reducing financial barriers for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need;

o    Increasing the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences, where these groups are severely underrepresented;

o    Developing a diversified cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating successful completion of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; and

o    Providing seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs, for students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars entering target disciplines.


The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, established in 1999, was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 
The GMS Scholarship Award Provides:

o    Support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid;

o    Renewable awards for Gates Millennium Scholars maintaining satisfactory academic progress;

o    Graduate school funding for continuing Gates Millennium Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science;

o    Leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities.

·       The Hispanic Scholarship Fund believes that the country prospers when all Americans have access to the opportunities a college education can afford.  As the nation’s leading Hispanic higher education fund, HSF works to address the barriers that keep many Latinos from earning a college degree. HSF has awarded over $330 million in scholarships over the past 36 years and has supported a broad range of outreach and education programs to help students and their families navigate collegiate life, from gaining admission and securing financial aid to finding employment after graduation.  HSF envisions a future where every Latino household will have at least one college graduate, creating an enduring impact on the college outlook of Latino families nationwide, and strengthening the American economy for generations to come. Click here for more information.

·       The Roothbert Fund was created in 1958 by Albert and Toni Roothbert to help men and women in need of financial aid to further their education.  The Roothbert Fund awards yearly grants and works to foster fellowship among grant recipients.  Once a year, the Fund accepts applications for grants, which include essays, transcripts, and recommendations.  From these written applications, the Fund identifies a group of finalists to be invited for a brief personal interview.  On the basis of this interview, the Fund typically selects about 20 new scholarship recipients each year.

     The Roothbert Fund is open to all in the United States.  The Fund has awarded grants to persons entering a wide range of careers; however, preference will be given to those who can satisfy high scholastic requirements and are considering careers in education.  Grants are small (averaging $2,000-$3,000) and are meant to be supplementary.  Aid is given for the ensuing school year.  Deadline for applications is January 31st, 2015.


For more information regarding Teachers College funding, please email the Organization & Leadership Financial Aid liaison, Nicole Siniscalchi.