Prospective Educator Scholarships

Scholarship Overview

High school seniors use the Prospective Educator Scholarship application. The PDK Educational Foundation awards about 30 Prospective Educator Scholarships each year.  One-time and renewable awards range from $500 to $5000. Most of these scholarships are for high school seniors; a few of these scholarships are earmarked for current undergraduate students. Once your application is submitted, you will be considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible.  Please review this information before linking to the online application.

A few Prospective Educator Scholarships have specific eligibility criteria designated by the donor(s). You will be able to indicate that you meet specific criteria on the application; only applicants who indicate that they meet the special criteria will be considered for those specific awards.  The additional opportunities include scholarships for students: 

  • With demonstrated financial need. If you select this option, you must upload a copy of your FAFSA;
  • Studying journalism or English who will teach;
  • Who are high school seniors andthe child of an active or retired member of the United States Army and majoring in music or art with the objective to teach;
  • Who are current undergraduate students already attending an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) or high school seniors who plan to attend an HBCU. For high school seniors, PDK will confirm enrollment later;
  • Who are members of one of the following Catholic parishes: St. Patrick’s, Cairo, Illinois; St. Pius X, Chula Vista, California; St. Vincent’s, Bedford, Indiana; St. John the Apostle, Bloomington, Indiana; Holy Spirit Parish at Geist, Fishers, Indiana, OR is a high school senior at: Bedford North Lawrence HS, Bloomington HS North, or Bloomington HS South;
  • Who are current female undergraduate students who have overcome adversity and have maintained a B+ or higher GPA. If you select this option, you will be asked to write a short paragraph detailing how you meet the criteria.

Submission Requirements

Before you start, please gather these components of your application:

  • Transcript(s) as evidence of your academic success. Transcripts should include the fall semester and do NOT need to be official. Please save it with a file name starting with your last name, e.g., Jones_transcript.pdf.
  • Personal Statement, no longer than 500 words, sharing a story about yourself that relates to why you want to become a teacher. Consider sharing a personal challenge you’ve overcome, an experience with a teacher or other adult who inspires you, or other experience that supports your decision to become an educator.
  • A description of your involvement, including any leadership roles you have held, with Educators Rising, PDK International and/or Pi Lambda Theta. You only need to belong to ONE of these organizations.
  • A description of your other extracurricular activities, especially those in which you have worked with others in a teaching or learning capacity, service activities or clubs, and employment and sports. Please note any leadership roles you have held.
  • Letter of recommendation written by a person not related to you who is familiar with your academic abilities and school activities, and who can address your interest in teaching and the qualities that will make you a successful educator.  Please ask for this letter early, as we cannot extend the application deadline. The letter does not need to be sealed. Please save it with a file name starting with your last name, e.g., Jones_letter.pdf.
  • Ready?

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Many PDK Chapters administer scholarships at the local level.  To explore additional scholarship opportunities for which you may eligible, contact your local Phi Delta Kappa Chapter.

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