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Scholarships and Awards

The following scholarships and awards are given annually to students in the Department of Education.

Virginia Teaching Scholarship
Students who are Virginia residents attending the University of Richmond and who plan to teach in critical shortage teaching areas may apply for the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program (VTSLP). Critical shortage areas are determined by the VDOE on a yearly basis. Men at the elementary school level and minorities in all teaching areas are also eligible.

In addition to being Virginia residents, students must be at least juniors, must have declared their minor in education, and must have a GPA of at least 3.0. Please note that nominees must be ranked in the top 10% of their high school graduating class.

Awards vary based on the number of credit hours a student has completed and students must agree to teach in the Virginia public school system, in the critical shortage field, to repay the amount of the award. Applications are available through the department each summer. Contact the Education Department with any questions.

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Virginia Scholars Award
This award is sponsored by the Virginia Iota Organization of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and recognizes an outstanding Richmond female who graduates with licensure in education. The department’s faculty recommends a recipient each spring. Each recipient receives a certificate and a copy of a selected Educators Award book. The student’s name will also be engraved on a plaque that hangs in the Department of Education.

Study Abroad

Education students benefit greatly from broadening their worldview with an experience studying abroad. Students often find that their time in another country can actually make them better teachers, especially as they gain an appreciation for different educational values and worldviews. The University of Richmond was recently recognized as the “Hottest College for International Studies” and it’s no wonder. Nearly 70 percent of students study abroad. Students minoring in education should plan their study abroad program carefully, planning around their licensure exams and student teaching experience.

For information on studying abroad, visit the Office of International Education.

Teaching at Home and Abroad

While students typically wait until they’ve completed their degree to embark on this form of experiential learning opportunity, teaching English and other subjects abroad is a popular bridge experience that students enjoy before beginning a more permanent career in education. Students regularly apply to programs like World Teach and Fulbright ETA to gain experience in the classroom, contribute to a local community and see a different part of the world.

For information on service-oriented bridge experiences, visit the Career Services.