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The FAMU College of Education has a number of scholarships and grants available to eligible students. The scholarship opportunities are primarily for teacher candidates who have been admitted into the upper division of teacher education programs within the college. The selection processes for award of these scholarship is based upon specific criteria developed by the selection committee for each specific scholarship. Contact Mr. Gerald McGill at (850) 599-3482 or e-mail for information on application processes.

The TEACH grant provides financial assistance to students who are enrolled in education courses,: and who intend to teach for at least four years in an urban high risk neighborhood, or teach in a high needs subject area .
General information of the various scholarships, and the TEACH Grant program, is provided below on this website. Contact Mr. Donald McBride in the College of Education Office of Academic Assistance at (850) 561- 3619, or for additional information.


Althea Gipson Endowed
Drs. William H. Crosby, Jr. and Camille Olivia Cosby established this endowment in honor of one of our acclaimed graduates. Ms. Gibson has the distinction of winning two Wimbledon singles titles, two U. S. Opens and a French Open, in the late 1950's; feats that all Americans were proud to witness. Her accomplishments paved the way for future African American tennis players. This scholarship is to support students studying physical education, recreation and health, which were Ms. Gibson's disciplines at Florida A&M University.

Ann Richardson Gayles-Felton Endowed
This scholarship is designated to support secondary education undergraduate students in the College of Education who have been fully admitted to the Teacher Education program and is for tuition, matriculation fees, laboratory fees and books. The recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 overall and a 3.00 GPA in education courses. Awardees will be required to provide a photograph and written statement to the Committee. These materials may be used for promotional purposes, upon acceptance of the endowed scholarship. This scholarship may be renewed; however current recipients must reapply each year and follow the procedures outline by the Scholarship Committee.

Costa "Pop" and Emma Kittles Endowed
Two scholarships awarded annually $1,000.00 each. Student must have a 2.5 GPA or above, junior level baseball player with a commitment to complete the Bachelor's Degree at FAMU and excels in the sport of baseball.

Early Childhood Education - NationsBank Endowed
Students must be an Early Childhood (Pre-Kindergarten/Primary Education) major. Student(s) who are entering or completed no more than one semester of the junior year in the Early Childhood Program. Students must be admitted or Qualify for Admission to Teacher Education. Submit a Portfolio. Complete an Interview with the Scholarship Committee.

Emily A. Copeland Endowed
Seven Florida A&M University Library Science Graduates organized the Emily A. Copeland Scholarship Fund on May 5, 1988 in Miami, Florida while attending the Annual Florida Library Association Conference. The Librarians established the fund under the name of Emily A. Copeland as a tribute to a well deserving educator. Miss Copeland was the Department Chairman of Library Science from 1951 to 1976. Student(s) must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and enrolled in the College of Education, Teacher Education Department. Student should have a burning desire to teach and teach in Florida three to five years after graduation.

Freddie Lang Groomes and Derek Ramone Groomes Endowed
This scholarship is for one deserving student, preferably a single mother enrolled in the College of Education with a minimum grade point average of 2.5.

Melvene D. Hardee Endowed
This scholarship is for undergraduate students with emphasis on Education. Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Submit a letter of interest and intent that addresses teaching as a chosen profession and be interviewed by a team of faculty members. Financial need will be a decisive factor.

Orr Family Endowed
The scholarship recipient shall be a graduate of a Florida Public High School and shall be selected at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Education. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required.

Oscar and LaVerne Moore Endowed
This scholarship was established to assist students majoring in Physical Education with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and possess high moral character.

Ralph L. Cook Endowed
This scholarship is to provide opportunities for pre-service teacher education majors who demonstrate the commitment and ability to provide quality educational experiences for students in the K-12 educational setting.

Robert Griffin and Hansel E. Tookes Sr. Endowed
Students must be a physical education major, 2.5 GPA or better, a junior and a Florida resident.

Matthew R. Estaras Endowed
The recipient(s) must be a member of the Florida A&M University Developmental Research School (DRS) Honor Society, recommended by the Sponsor of the DRS Honor Society and the Principal of the School and admitted to the University. Contact: Sponsor of DRS Honor Society and/or Principal.

Minority Teacher Education Scholarship (MTES)
Individuals who are selected for the MTES must:
  • Be a resident of the State of Florida.
  • Be a member of one of the following racial groups: African,
  • American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaskan Native.
  • Be newly admitted into a teacher education program at any of FFMT's participating universities/colleges.
  • Be a junior and have not earned a baccalaureate degree in Education.
  • Have earned 60 credit hours or an AA degree.
  • Have not exceeded 18 hours of upper division education courses at the time of application.
Each participating institution appoints a screening committee to review each application. The committee nominates candidates to FFMT’s administrative office, which announces its final selection each semester. Each new scholar will receive a congratulatory letter and a promissory note that must be signed and returned within 30 days of receipt. Scholars must keep a copy of the promissory note to refer to the terms and conditions of the scholarship.

Scholars are selected on the basis of qualities that would indicate their potential to become good teachers. These qualities include writing ability, communication skills, overall academic performance, and evidence of
The Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc. hosts an Annual Recruitment and Retention Conference. Scholars, community college students, board commitment to the youth of America, preferably demonstrated through volunteer activities.

Special consideration is given to community college graduates.

Scholarship Awards
The annual amount of the Minority Teacher Education Scholarship is $4,000.

Awards are only disbursed during the Fall and Spring semesters, in the amount of $2,000 per semester. Students may be eligible to receive the scholarship for up to two consecutive years.

Students receiving the scholarship must attend the Annual Recruitment and Retention Conferences and maintain satisfactory academic progress. The recipient's institution determines satisfactory academic progress, however for the MTES, recipients must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average and maintain full time enrollment. Upon graduation, recipients are required to teach one year in a Florida public school for each year they received the scholarship. If recipients do not graduate within 2-3 years, or if recipients do not teach in a Florida public school, they will be required to repay the total amount of the scholarship received at an annual interest rate of eight percent (8%).

For Fall Semester: July 1
For Spring Semester: November 15

NOTE: For the TEACH Grant Fact Sheet, click here.
Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. If, after reading all of the information on this fact sheet, you are interested in learning more about the TEACH Grant Program, you should contact the financial aid office at the college where you will be enrolled.

In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a
full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students (see below for more information on high-need fields and schools serving low-income students). As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant. IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed. Note: TEACH Grant recipients will be given a 6-month grace period prior to entering repayment if a TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

Student Eligibility Requirements
To receive a TEACH Grant you must meet the following criteria:
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSASM), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student in a postsecondary educational institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program.
  • Be enrolled in course work that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such course work. Such course work may include subject area courses (e.g., math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher).
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25).
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (see below for more information on the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve).
High-Need Field
High-need fields are the specific areas identified below:
  • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition.
  • Foreign Language.
  • Mathematics.
  • Reading Specialist.
  • Science.
  • Special Education.
  • Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas) that are listed in the Department of Educations Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing. To access the listing, please go to
As of July 1, 2010, a recipient of an initial TEACH Grant who has received an academic degree, or expertise, in a field that was, at the time of the recipient’s application for the grant, designated as high-need, but no longer has that designation, can fulfill the service obligation associated with the TEACH Grant by teaching in that high-need field.

Schools Serving Low-Income StudentsSchools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department of Educations Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits. To access the Directory, please go to

TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve
Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that is available electronically on the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve Web site. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment by you that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed. Specifically, the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve will require the following:
  • For each TEACH Grant-eligible program for which you received TEACH Grant funds, you must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight calendar years after you completed or withdrew from the academic program for which you received the TEACH Grant.
  • You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher at a low-income school. The term highly-qualified teacher is defined in section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 or in section 602(10) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • Your teaching service must be in a high-need field.
  • You must comply with any other requirements that the Department of Education determines to be necessary.
  • If you do not complete the required teaching service obligation, TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan that you must repay, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.

If you receive a TEACH Grant but do not complete the required teaching service, as explained above, you will be required to repay the grants as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.

Next Steps
If you are interested in learning more about the TEACH Grant Program, you should contact the FAMU Financial Aid Office at (850) 561-2824, or Mr. Donald McBride in the College of Education Office or Academic Success at (850) 599-3619


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