College of Education Scholarships

Students within the College of Education have access to scholarships that are specific to the College of Education. Scholarships will be awarded to students majoring within the College of Education on the basis of their educational and professional goals, academic success, and financial need.

The deadline to apply for College of Education Scholarships is 5:00 pm, March 1, 2017.

Applying for scholarships:

  1. Print and complete the Application for 2017-18 Scholarships.
  2. Submit a typed one page essay on educational and professional goals, academic success and financial need (see application for additional essay requirements for specific scholarships)
  3. Please do not submit resumes, transcripts or other documents not specified in the application.
  4. Submit the application and essay by the deadline.
  5. Arrange to have 3 Recommendation for 2017-18 Scholarship forms completed as indicated in the application and submitted by the deadline.

Applicants will be notified of the scholarship committee decision in April 2017.


The following scholarships are awarded by the College of Education Scholarship Committee:

College of Education Scholarship

Purpose: To provide scholarships for College of Education students at the University.

Requirements:

  1. Must maintain full time enrollment;
  2. Undergraduate students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and graduate students must have at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Education: The Key to Success for North Texans Scholarship

Purpose: A fund to provide scholarships to graduate and undergrad students seeking a career in teaching, administration, special education, counseling or higher education.

Requirements:

  1. Must must be seeking a career in teaching, administration, special education, counseling or higher education;
  2. must have a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Freddy J. Waddell and Stephen F. Waddell Scholarship for Innovative Leaders

Purpose: A fund in honor of Dr. Freddy J. Waddell and Dr. Stephen F. Waddell.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education (or its successor) in effect at the time of any award;
  2. Maintain at least half-time enrollment as established by the University, unless the student is nearing completion of their degree program and does not need at least half-time enrollment;
  3. Enroll as at least a half-time doctoral student in Educational Leadership and be seeking the Superintendent Certification (or their successors) at the University; in the event no applicant meets this criteria, then doctoral students enrolling at least half-time in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration (or its successor) at the University will be eligible for consideration; and
  4. Submit a statement on his or her beliefs regarding the characteristics and values of innovative leadership and his or her intent to become a superintendent (if not already currently).

Fred Waddell began his school leadership career in a small California school district where he was principal and superintendent. He was passionate about all students, but had a particular heart for those who were underprivileged. His innovative approach brought benefits to the district that were unprecedented at the time, including the founding of a library that featured cutting edge media and technology resources. While there, he saw the future that computing and technology could play in public schools. He was also proud that he established an orchestra at his middle school in which most students participated, and that was unheard of in Central California.

Dr. Waddell served as Dean of a small private college in Idaho and then spent the remainder of his career at Region V Education Service Center in Beaumont, TX. At Region V he worked with districts to implement standards based curriculum and curriculum management, and he led the implementation of technology as both a management and instructional tool in Southeast Texas. His efforts were pioneering in these areas.

Fred Waddell always placed children first and did so by building staff capacity and utilizing innovative approaches to enrich learning and bring effective tools to support teachers. He facilitated strong leadership development with regional leaders through high quality professional learning using collaborative, team-building approaches. He built strong relationships with district leaders and was respected regionally and throughout the state.

Dr. Waddell was the. first in his family to obtain a college degree and a doctorate, which he proudly earned al North Texas State University.

Known as a leader in public education in Texas and across the nation, Dr. Stephen Waddell is recognized for his leadership in transforming classrooms by increasing student engagement, spearheading teacher innovation in instructional best practices, fostering community involvement, as well as redesigning learning spaces. Throughout his twenty years as superintendent, Dr. Waddell served various sized districts, the last being the Lewisville Independent School District Superintendent of Schools, the nation's 97th largest school district. He retired from that position in 2015.

Dr. Waddell was noted for leading innovation in technology integration. building design, engaging teaching practices, and strategic design focused on broad community participation. He was recognized as Texas Computer Education Association's Superintendent of the Year, Texas Association of School Board's Finalist for Superintendent of the Year. He was among 100 superintendents invited to the White House for a summit on technology in schools.

Dr. Waddell was a founding member of the Texas Visioning Institute and served as a member of its Design Team leadership group. The publication of "Creating a New Vision For Public Education in Texas," was a landmark event spearheading massive change in legislation and transformative classroom practice. He participated in passing legislation that created the Texas High Performing Schools Consortium, which the legislature and State Board continues to look to for new state standards and accountability models.

His career spanned 36 years as a public educator. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and his Ed.D. from the University of North Texas.

Steve and his father both dedicated their lives to innovative practice as educational leaders. They often discussed school leadership, and how today's schools need a different kind of leader. Today, the UNT College of Education can cultivate that different kind of leader - someone who is interested in innovative thinking and is able to affect positive change at the district level. Steve and the family of Dr. Fred J. Waddell are thrilled to help future educational leaders achieve their doctoral degrees through this UNT College of Education scholarship, which is proudly named for Steve and his father.

George S. and Betty Jane Morrison Early Childhood Education and Development and Family Studies Scholarship

Purpose: Established in honor of George S. and Betty Jane Morrison and intended for undergraduate and graduate students in Early Childhood Education or Development and Family Studies.

Requirements:

  1. Minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award;
  2. Maintain at least half-time enrollment as established by the University, unless the student is nearing completion of their degree program and does not need half time enrollment;
  3. Enroll as at least a half-time student in Early Childhood Education or Development and Family Studies at the University;
  4. Submit an essay between 800 – 1,000 words addressing the following questions; How do you serve others, through community service or extracurricular activities?  How will this scholarship benefit you, and how do you plan to use the funds?  How will this scholarship help you meet your goals?  How will this scholarship make a difference to you in your career?
  5. In the event no applicant meets this criteria, then available funds will be held for future awards.

Jack Atkins Education Scholarship

Purpose: A fund to provide scholarships to full-time Interdisciplinary Studies students who graduated from Denton ISD high schools.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award;
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment as established by the University, unless the student in nearing completion of his or her degree program and does
    not need full-time enrollment;
  3. Enroll as a full-time student majoring in Early Childhood - 6; or Grades 4 - 8; in the event no applicant meets this criterion, then students enrolling full-time in the College of Education will be eligible for consideration;
  4. Demonstrate eligibility for need-based financial assistance as determined by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    (FAFSA) or its successor;
  5. Be a graduate of any Denton Independent School District high school; in the event no applicant meets this criterion, then applicants who are graduates of any other high school in Denton County will be eligible for consideration and;
  6. Preference will be given to first-generation college students, as reported on the scholarship application.

The Alvin and Lillian Miller Honorary Scholarship

Purpose: A fund in honor of Al Miller's parents, to provide scholarships for students in the College of Education.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment at the University, unless the applicant has fewer than twice the number semester hours required to be full-time remaining in his/her degree program.
  3. Maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

The Bessie P. Cowan Scholarship for Early Childhood Development

Purpose: A fund in honor of Ms. Bessie P. Cowan. Ms. Cowan was a Denton, Texas resident who, for many years, helped new mothers returning from the hospital with early care for their new babies.  Aunt Bybe, as she was called, began her "baby business" in 1948 to save money for her own children's college education, and worked with over 500 babies and young children in and around Denton.

Requirements:

  1. Must be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student majoring in Child Development or Early Childhood Education.

The Bill and Marge Webb Memorial Scholarship

Purpose: A fund in memory of Jo Ann Webb Miller's parents, to provide scholarships to students in the College of Education.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment at the University, unless the applicant has fewer than twice the number semester hours required to be full-time remaining in his/her degree program.
  3. Maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

The Dean M. Jean Keller College of Education Scholarship

Purpose: A fund in honor of Dean M. Jean Keller, who served as Dean of the College of Education from 1997 to 2008.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment at the University, unless the applicant has fewer than twice the number semester hours required to be full-time remaining in his/her degree program.
  3. Maintain a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student in the College of Education at UNT.

The Drs. Eddie and Gladys Hildreth Scholarship

Purpose: A fund in honor of Dr. Eddie and Dr. Gladys Hildreth to provide scholarships to graduate students in special education, family studies, or higher education.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Be enrolled as a graduate student in special education, family studies, or higher education.

The Eva Marie Howard Atkins and Opal Watson Bryce Collier Education Scholarship

Purpose: A fund to provide scholarships to full-time Interdisciplinary Studies students who graduated from Denton ISD high schools.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award;
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment as established by the University, unless the student in nearing completion of his or her degree program and does not need full-time enrollment;
  3. Enroll as a full-time student majoring in Early Childhood - 6; or Grades 4 - 8; in the event no applicant meets this criterion, then students enrolling full-time in the College of Education will be eligible for consideration;
  4. Demonstrate eligibility for need-based financial assistance as determined by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or its successor;
  5. Be a graduate of any Denton Independent School District high school; in the event no applicant meets this criterion, then applicants who are graduates of any other high school in Denton County will be eligible for consideration and;
  6. Preference will be given to first-generation college students, as reported on the scholarship application.

The Furr Endowed Scholarship

Purpose: A fund in honor of Dr. Howard J. Smith, Jr., Dr. Charles J. Cross, Dr. Edward C. Bonk, Dr. Robert B. Toulouse, Dr. Sidney Hamilton, Dr. James W. Turner, and other supporting former professors both living and deceased.  This scholarship was established in perpetuity to the glory of God to provide scholarships for undergraduate students in the College of Education at UNT.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment at the University, unless the applicant has fewer than twice the number semester hours required to be full-time remaining in his/her degree program.
  3. Maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Be enrolled as an undergraduate student in the College of Education at UNT.

The Karnes Scholarship for Education

Purpose: A fund in honor of the Karnes family.  Recipients must have worked diligently to overcome early education deficits or other major obstacles, demonstrated high potential for leadership, exceptional capacity for solving problems, and a compelling interest in experimentation and exploration, the innovative and the creative.  Preference will be given to promising applicants who are daring enough to pursue one or more of the new areas of study and career options which evolve as scientific and technological advancements are made and as complexities of the human experience increase.  The essay should address these interests.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment at the University, unless the applicant has fewer than twice the number semester hours required to be full-time remaining in his/her degree program.
  3. Submit an essay addressing interests in the listed areas.

 

The L. Fred Thomas Scholarship

Purpose: A fund in honor of L. Fred Thomas to provide scholarships for College of Education graduate students who demonstrate a commitment to teaching. 

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain either part-time or full-time enrollment at the University, unless the applicant has fewer than twice the number semester hours required to be full-time remaining in his/her degree program.
  3. Must be enrolled as a graduate student in the College of Education.
  4. Must be employed by a public school.

The Paul and Dorthy Zarafonetis Memorial Scholarship

Purpose: A fund to provide scholarships to full-time students in the College of Education.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award, and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 based GPA system;
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment as established by the University, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full time remaining in their degree program;
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in Education at the University; in the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then students enrolling full-time at the University will be eligible for consideration.

The Robert and Martha Carter Scholarship for Child Development and Early Childhood Education

Purpose: A fund in honor of Robert and Martha Carter to provide scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in Child Development or Early Childhood Education at the University.

Requirements:

  1. Must be enrolled as a junior or senior majoring in Child Development or Early Childhood Education;
  2. Must enroll in and complete at least 15 semester credit hours during each semester of the award.

The Vivian S. Spohn Education Scholarship

Purpose: A fund in memory of Vivian S. Spohn to provide funds for students in the College of Education. This scholarship is annually renewable if the recipient reapplies and meets requirements.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain either part-time or full-time enrollment at the University, unless the applicant has fewer than twice the number semester hours required to be full-time remaining in his/her degree program.

The William T. "Bill" and Margie L. Bryant Scholarship

Purpose: A fund to provide scholarships to College of Education students who are first-generation college students, to students dedicated to public education, and to students who attended William T. and Margie L. Bryant Elementary School in Arlington, TX. This scholarship is annually renewable if the recipient re-applies and continues to meet the scholarship requirements.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award;
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment as established by the University, unless the student in nearing completion of his or her degree program and does not need full-time enrollment;
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in College of Education at the University; preference will be given to first generation college students with an interest in public education; in the event no applicant meets this criteria, then students enrolling full-time at the university will be eligible for consideration;
  4. Demonstrate eligibility for need-based financial assistance as determined by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or it successor;
  5. Preference will be given to students who attended the William T. and Margie L. Bryant Elementary School in Arlington, TX.