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Scholarships and Awards Directory

This directory page provides details and eligibility requirements for scholarships and awards offered to students in the Graduate School of Education (GSE).

The Graduate School of Education awards over 50 scholarships totaling over $125,00 annually. Applications for 2015-16 will open on October 15, 2014 and close on February 1, 2015.

Listing of scholarships and awards by category:

Click the name of the scholarship to see more detailed criteria and award information below.

Counselor Education

Doctoral

General Teacher Education

Inclusive Education Programs: Elementary (IEEP) and Secondary (SDEP)

K-12 Administration

Library Media

Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education (PACE)

Special Education (Special Educator, Early Intervention, VIL)

Miscellaneous

Detailed Descriptions:

Alex Benenson Scholarship

Alex Benenson has been a friend of the Graduate School of Education since 2000 when he began a memorial five-year scholarship program. Beginning in 2006, he established the Benenson Scholarships for GSE students who are preparing to be K-12 teachers or school counselors. Financial need is a consideration. The annual amount of this award is approximately $2,000.

Eligibility:

  • You are admitted into K-12 teacher education or a school counseling program

Ames Scholars in the Graduate School of Education

Barbara and Gary Ames have established the Ames Scholarship Program to award annual scholarships for students admitted into programs preparing them for careers in education. Both are PSU alums, Barbara with a degree in elementary education and Gary with a degree in Business Administration. The award is merit-based with financial need a consideration. There are 2-3 annual awards of approximately $3,000-$4,750 to be applied toward tuition.

Eligibility:

  • You are admitted into a GSE program preparing for a career in education
  • You have in-depth multicultural experience
  • You will not be receiving tuition remission from any source (i.e. graduate assistantship, Laurels, etc.) during the scholarship award time period

Art Terry Scholar's Fund

Art Terry was a counselor education professor at PSU until his death in 1994. He specialized in career and lifestyle planning. The faculty and staff established this fund in his memory so that his colleagues, alumni, and friends could make annual gifts for awards supporting students. Financial need is a consideration. The annual amount of this award is approximately $500-$1,000.

Eligibility:

  • You have been admitted to a GSE counselor education program

Brakke-Daggett-Petti Family Educational Leadership Endowed Scholarship 

This scholarship was established and supported the Brakke-Daggett-Petti Family Educational Leadership Endowed Scholarship, to help teachers become school leaders, and to encourage others who share this goal to support the scholarship. 1 annual award of $1,000.

Eligibility:

  • You are or will be admitted to the Graduate School of Education Initial Administration License Progam. Preference will be given to applicants who have taught for more than five years in public schools and who are former elementary teachers, and intend to return to high poverty (Title 1) schools. 

Capps Family Scholarship

Roger and Jan Capps are devoted supporters of Portland State University. Roger, an elementary education alum, taught at Boise elementary before becoming a principal in the North Clackamas School District. He has chaired the Alumni Board and served on the PSU Advocates Board. Both Capps are avid fans of Portland State Athletics. Financial need is a consideration. Two annual awards of $1,000. 

Eligibility:

  • You are admitted to a program preparing for licensure to teach elementary education
  • Preference is given to students who plan to teach in an inner-city school

Curriculum and Instruction/GTEP/BTP Scholarship

Scholarships for students in Curriculum and Instruction Department that includes GTEP, BTP and masters programs.

Eligibility:

  • Students must be admitted to a GSE program in Curriculum & Instruction/GTEP/or BTP. Financial need is a consideration. Submission of FAFSA is required.

David Capuzzi Outstanding Scholar Program Endowment 

This scholarship was established to honor the contributions made locally and nationally to Counselor Education over the 26 years David served as Professor of Counselor Education in the (Graduate) School of Education at Portland State University. 

Eligibility:

  • You have been admitted to a GSE Counselor Ed program and are at least halfway toward completion; you are a member of a professional association; academic and financial need a consideration.

David and Wilma Cox Science Education Scholarship

David Cox taught science at McMinnville High School for three years and Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie for 19 years; during his time at Putnam he also taught courses at Portland State University. In 1984 Dave became a full-time faculty member in the PSU School of Education and also helped establish the Center for Science Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This scholarship is a tribute to his profession and former colleagues and students. He and his late wife Wilma wanted to support students who have the desire and potential to become outstanding science teachers. Financial need is a consideration. The annual amount of the award is approximately $1,000.

Eligibility:

  • You are or will be admitted to a Graduate School of Education program preparing to teach science
  • You have the potential for becoming an exemplary K-12 classroom teacher of science

Eleanor Hardt Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Teacher Education

Eleanor Hardt was passionate about education. She taught grades 2-8, served as the Social Studies Specialist (K-12) for Portland Public Schools during most of her career, and was actively involved in curriculum development and teacher in-service training. She taught education methods classes in the GSE at PSU and supervised student teachers after her retirement from PPS. Her family established this endowed scholarship in her memory, to be granted to a student returning to to school after some years of absence. The award is merit-based with financial need a consideration. The annual amount of the award(s) is approximately $1,000.

Eligibility:

  • You are in a teacher preparation program (GTEP or MA/MS in C & I)
  • You are a student returning to college after the absence of several years
  • You demonstrate outstanding potential and commitment to teaching

Elva Coombs Endowed Scholarship

Elva Coombs taught physical education in Tigard Schools and provided exemplary leadership furthering professional development in that field. The Coombs family established the Elva Coombs Endowed Scholarship in her memory as recognition of her work, and in the continuing belief that teaching physical education in schools is important. The Coombs Scholarship provides financial assistance for students in the GSE, or other PSU program, committed to furthering physical education or sports medicine in K-12 schools. The award is merit-based with financial need a consideration. The annual amount of this award is approximately $1,000.

Eligibility:

  • You are a female preparing for licensure to teach physical education, preferably at the high school level
  • Preference is given to students with a historical connection to Tigard Schools

Founders Endowment in Special Education

The founders of the Special Education Program at Portland State University have established a scholarship endowment to enable promising students interested in special education to access graduate education. It is their intent that these scholarships will carry on the program's legacy of preparing outstanding teachers to meet the educational needs of children, youth, and young adults with disabilities. It has been supported by education alumni, founders Keith Larson, Steve Brannan, Jean Edwards, and others whose lives have been touched by the work of special educators. The award is merit-based with financial need a consideration. The annual amount of the award is approximately $500-$1,000.

Eligibility:

  • You are or will be admitted to a GSE program preparing for a teaching career in special education
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have related practical experience (e.g. counselor at Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp or other experience)

Friends of the Graduate School of Education Scholarship

A volunteer group supporting the work of the GSE, the Friends have established scholarships for students admitted into programs preparing them for teaching in areas of teacher shortages. The award is merit-based with financial need a consideration. The annual amount of the award(s) is approximately $1,000.

Eligibility:

  • You are or will be admitted to a GSE program preparing to teach middle school, math or science, bilingual/ESL, or special education including dual inclusion
  • Preference is given to applicants with multicultural experience who intend to teach in high need and/or challenging school settings

Gayle Thieman Scholarship

Gayle Thieman, EdD ’00 PSU Graduate School of Education, was an outstanding secondary social studies teacher and administrator before becoming an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education. She served as President of the National Council for the Social Studies (2007-2008). She is devoted to preparing professionals that embrace diversity and believe that every child/youth can learn. Her scholarship is intended to support students who have extensive multicultural experience whether through work, volunteer service, or family and who have the potential for becoming great K-12 classroom teachers. Financial need is a consideration. The amount of this annual award is approximately $1,000.

Eligibility:

  • You are or will be admitted to the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) preparing for a teaching career
  • Preference will be given to a student pursuing an initial secondary teaching license in the social science

Graduate School of Education Scholarship

The GSE offers scholarships to assist academically able candidates in the completion of their program of study. Funds accumulate from many gifts to the School targeted for scholarships. The awards are merit-based with financial need a consideration. Annual amounts are approximately $1,000.

Eligibility:

  • You have been admitted to any GSE program

Hanoch Livneh Rehabilitation Counseling Scholarship

This gift is made in honor Hanoch Livneh. Hanoch is an emeritus professor and coordinated the Rehabilitation Counseling Program, Department of Counselor Education, from 1987 until 2012. The annual amount of the award is $2,000 (awarded to one student during the first term of the second academic year). Award may be adjusted to keep pace with inflation.

Eligibility:

  • Second year student in Rehabilitation Counseling Program
  • A written, brief description (not to exceed 400 words) of the applicant’s research and clinical interests.

Helen Farrens Scholarship

Helen Farrens was passionate about education, teaching, and the school librarian. In her estate she left a gift to the Portland Association of School Librarians to be used for the education and benefit of Portland School Librarians. The Portland Association of School Librarians has directed this estate gift to the PSU Graduate School of Education to be used for library/media scholarships according to the wishes of the benefactor. 

Eligibility:

  • Current PPS teachers admitted into a PSU GSE program for library/media certification 
  • Current PPS library/media aids who are admitted into a PSU GSE program to complete their teaching license with a library/media endorsement or who have a teaching license and are admitted into the program for adding a library/media endorsement 
  • Students admitted into the PSU GSE library/media endorsement program who intend to work in Portland Public Schools 

The Helen Farrens scholarship requires completion of a separate application

Janette Drew Endowed Scholarship

Janette Drew established the Drew Scholarship in 1993 for students preparing to become teachers through the PSU Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP). The scholarship, now endowed, was established to assist meritorious candidates who would not be able to complete the program without undue financial hardship. The last Mrs. Drew earned her teaching credential from the University of Oregon at a time when there were no teaching positions available. She worked for the Oregonian, married and did not pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. There are more than 5 annual awards of approximately $3,000. 

Eligibility:

  • You are or will be admitted to the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP), the Bilingual Teacher Pathway Program (BTP), or Elementary or Secondary Inclusion Programs (IEEP or SDEP)
  • You have prior and/or ongoing experience in community service and/or leadership
  • Preference for those who have community service experience in the greater Portland Metropolitan area

Jorgensen Family Endowed Scholarship

Hal Jorgensen retired as Professor Emeritus after more than 20 years in the School of Education, including a year as Interim Dean. He prepared teachers in elementary school science. He established the Jorgensen Family Endowed Scholarship to assist a student preparing to teach in elementary school. dr. Jorgensen passed in November of 2011. Financial need is a consideration. The annual amount of this award is $500-$1,500.

Eligibility:

  • You have been admitted to a GSE program preparing to teach at the elementary level

Karin H. Bausenbach, MD Scholarship in Interpersonal Neurobiology

This scholarship honors Dr. Karin Bausenbach for her deep commitment to promote an adaptive, creative, integrated vision of individual and community relationships by nurturing her students' conceptual understanding of emotional and social intelligence. Awardees will receive a scholarship of up to $500 during one academic year, not to exceed the cost of the tuition for currently registered IPNB eligible classes. Confirmation of registration and distribution of scholarship funds will happen on a term-by-term basis. 

Eligibility:

  • Recipients must be enrolled in the Interpersonal Neurobiology program.

Keith and Paula Stanovich Scholarship

This scholarship was established for students in that are in the Inclusive Elementary Educator Program. The annual amount of this award is $750-$1,500

Eligibility:

  • Admission to the Inclusive Elementary Education Program (IEEP). Financial need is also a consideration. Submission of a FAFSA is required. Awarded in the second year by nomination.

Marilyn DeVault Scholarship

Marilyn DeVault, an alumna of the Special Education program at Portland State, is the owner of Piece of Cake, Inc., a bakery that caters to special dietary needs. Her education training helped her develop sensitivity for those who have food challenges. Some of her loyal customers are also participating in funding this scholarship. She has established this scholarship to assist a special education student. Financial need is a consideration. The amount of this annual award is approximately $1,000.

Eligibility:

  • You are or will be admitted into a GSE special education program

Marta and Ken Thrasher Scholarship

Marta and Ken Thrasher have established the Thrasher Scholarship program to award scholarships to students admitted to programs preparing them for teaching in areas of teacher shortages. Marta graduated from PSU with a degree in history, received her teaching license from the GSE and taught in the Portland area. Ken was a Fred Meyer executive for many years and is now CEO of Compli. This award is merit-based with financial need a consideration. There are two annual awards of approximately $2,000.

Eligibility:

  • You have been admitted to a GSE program preparing to teach math or science, bilingual, or special education including dual inclusion
  • Preference is given to applicants with multicultural experience who intend to teach in high need and/or challenging school settings
  • Preference is given to applicants wanting to teach in Oregon

Mary Elizabeth York Endowed Scholarship for Early Childhood Education

Mary E. York, Professor Emerita of Education and leader in early childhood education at PSU from 1972 through 1984, has established a scholarship endowment for students in ECE. Through her work with the Helen Gordon Child Development Center, it became recognized as an outstanding model of quality childcare and an important resource to the community. She also took an active role in raising state standards for ECE teachers. This scholarship continues her commitment to the highest professionalism in early childhood teachers. Financial need is a consideration. The annual amount of this award is approximately $500-$1,000.

Eligibility:

  • You have been accepted into the GSE Graduate Teacher Education Program and are committed to specializing in early childhood education

Mary Kinnick PACE Scholarship

Mary Kinnick retired as professor emerita in 2003 after 30 years at PSU, 22 of which as a Postsecondary, Adult and Continuing Education (PACE) faculty member. Much of her scholarship and service was devoted to increasing access to postsecondary education and improving classroom and campus environments to enable success for all students. She taught courses on community college, assessment of adult learning, program evaluation, postsecondary curriculum, and organizational theory. Annual award is $1,000 for one or two scholarships per year.

Eligibility:

  • Admission to PACE specialization in EPFA Master's or GSE Doctoral Program
  • Outstanding potential for and commitment to the advancement of social justice and educational access and equity in postsecondary education
  • Previous academic merit
  • Evidence of commitment to complete the degree
  • Evidence that the award will enable completion of the PACE program

McBride Scholarship

This scholarship was created in honor of Stephanie McBride, a former instructor in the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) who is herself a graduate of the program. Stephanie worked tirelessly to create and shape the Secondary Dual Educator Program before her retirement. Her colleagues chose to honor her hard work by creating this scholarship in her name. The awards is offered in alternate years and is approximately $1,000.

Eligibility:

  • You have been admitted to the Secondary Dual Educator Program (SDEP)

Michael and Marjorie Fiasca Endowed Scholarship

Michael and Marjorie Fiasca have established a scholarship endowment for students preparing to teach physical and natural science in Oregon schools. Michael, a Professor Emeritus in Education, began his career teaching high school physics. He taught science and science education at PSU from 1961 through 1988. The award is merit-based with financial need a consideration. When available, this is an award of approximately $1,000.

Eligibility:

  • You are in a GSE program preparing for licensure to teach physical or natural sciences in grades 5-12
  • Preference is given to students who plan to teach in Oregon

Nancy Benson Scholarship

Nancy Benson, an EdD alumna, retired as Professor Emerita in 2003 after many years on the special education faculty. She began the Inclusive Elementary Educator program -- a two year preparation program where students receive licensure in both elementary education and special education -- which remains a model for preparing educators to work with all students. Upon her retirement, former and current students, faculty, and other colleagues made gifts to establish a scholarship in her name which she has chosen to continue. Financial need is a consideration. The amount of the award, offered in alternate years, is approximately $750.

Eligibility:

  • You are admitted to the Elementary Inclusion program

Norbert Gilles Scholarship

The Norbert Gilles Scholarship Fund was established by an endowment gift from the Norbert Gilles Foundation to be used for scholarships in Special Education at PSU for the preparation of teachers of handicapped children and youth. Dr. Richard Sonnen, nephew of Mr. Gilles, is a Professor Emeritus of Special Education at PSU and helped make this gift possible. Financial need is a consideration. The annual amount of the awards is approximately $1,000.

Eligibility:

  • You have been admitted to a GSE special education program

    Pivotal Scholars Fund for Math/Science Teacher Education

    Brad and Angela Zenger, on behalf of Ecoworks Foundation, are deeply concerned about the importance of the rigor in the teaching of math and science in our public schools and long term effects on our global economy and future on this planet. Brad still remembers the positive influence of his high school physics teacher-how excited he was about learning and the difference it made in his professional pursuits. Ecoworks Foundation is interested in supporting that kind of potential math or science in the belief that each outstanding math/science teacher will make a difference for thousands of students during their careers. The amount of this award is approximately $5,000.

    Eligibility:  

    • You are a student in a GSE teacher preparation program that intendeds to teach math or science with a desire to teach in Oregon; Academic and financial need a consideration.

    The Renaissance Foundation Graduate School of Education Scholarship

    Prospective students in the teacher education program at PSU who are the first in their family to receive an undergraduate degree may apply to The Renaissance Foundation Graduate School of Education (GSE) Scholarship Program. 10 GSE students annually will receive awards of $4,000. The new scholarship program is specific to GSE education programs where graduates will be working in classrooms. 

    Eligibility:  

    • You are or will be admitted to a GSE program preparing for a teaching career and you are a first generation student. 

    Sandy Kaplan Scholarship

    Sandy Kaplan, spouse of Professor Emeritus Joe Kaplan until her death, was a gifted teacher in business education. She was especially effective bonding with students who were having difficulties and who were second language learners. Joe Kaplan established this scholarship in her memory. Financial need is a consideration. The annual amount of the awards is approximately $1,000.

    Eligibility:

    • You have been admitted to a GSE teacher preparation program
    • You have multicultural experience (work, volunteering, family, etc.)
    • Preference is given to applicants who want to work with students whose first language is not English

    Saul J. Berch Scholarship 

    Barbara Rudolph and Daniel Berch have established the Saul J. Berch Scholarship in memory of their father, a wonderful man who encouraged education for them and others, although he had an eighth grade education himself.  As principal of Winterhaven School in Portland, Barbara witnessed teacher candidates from PSU during student teaching placements and partnerships.  Daniel Berch, an educational psychology professor at the University of Virginia, has done extensive research on how children and youth learn math.  Financial need a consideration.  Amount of annual award is $1,000. 

    Eligibility: 

    • You are admitted into GTEP preparing for licensure to teach middle or high school math
    • You have community service experience

    Sheldon Maron Endowed Scholarship

    Sheldon Maron was a professor of special education at PSU from 1978 until his death in 2000. He specialized in the education of visually impaired children as well as early childhood special education. This endowment as established in cooperation with his family so that family, colleagues, and friends could memorialize his work through a named scholarship. Financial need is a consideration. The annual amount of this award is approximately $1,000.

    Eligibility:

    • You have been admitted to a GSE special education program
    • Preference is given for applicants preparing to work with the vision-impaired

    Special Education Scholarships

    Scholarships for Special Education students. The amount of this award varies.

    Eligibility:

    • Students must be admitted to a GSE Special Education Program. Financial need is a consideration. Submission of FAFSA is required.

    Susan J. Lenski Curriculum & Instruction Dissertation Endowed Scholarship

    This gift is named in honor of Dr. Susan Lenski, EdD. Susan is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at PSU. Before becoming a professor, Susan taught school for 20 years, working with children from kindergarten through high school. Dr. Lenski was awared the Nila Banton Smith Award from the International Reading Association (IRA) for integrating reading in content area classes, and she was on the IRA Board of Directors from 2004-2007. Susan's research interests focus primarily on strategic reading and preparing teacher candidates. The annual amount of the award is $2,000. 

    Eligibility:
      
    • Student must be admitted to Ed.D. program, Curriculum & Instruction Specialization      
    • Student must be conducting dissertation research on a literacy-related topic and/or research conducted in an English language arts classroom.

      Wayne Larson Scholarship

      Wayne Larson, a 1975 Portland State graduate, left an estate gift for a needy student training in special education given "in appreciation of the superior special education program effectively carried on by Portland State University to which I have been a beneficiary." Mr. Larson himself was blind. Financial need is a consideration. The annual amount of the awards is approximately $1,000-1,200.

      Eligibility:

      • You have been admitted to a GSE special education program

      Walter Hathaway Endowed Scholarship

      This scholarship was established to support education students who embrace the philosophy that every student wants to learn, and who plan to implement methods in their career aimed at helping all students succeed in school. 

      Eligibility:

      • You are admitted into a GSE program preparing for a career in education
      • Pursuing a Master's or a Doctorate
      • Academic and financial need a consideration