Scholarships for each program

See the scholarships that are available for your program. Be sure to look for the deadline, as well as application and renewal information. Contact the Graduate Studies office with any questions that remain.

Thank-you letters are a requirement of accepting a scholarship at Fort Lewis College. Writing a letter of gratitude acknowledges scholarship donors who support educational endeavors of students like you. Receiving a well-written thank you letter from a scholarship recipient lets the donor know how much you appreciate their financial support. Your letter affirms the value and significance of their contributions and often helps secure continuing gifts for future students.

Thank you letter suggestions:

1. Address the letter to the Graduate Scholarship Committee.

2. Explain why the scholarship is important to you and align your writing to demonstrate how the scholarship matched and met your specific needs.

3. Talk about why you chose your degree program and how it applies to your personal and/or career goals.

4. Include information about your family, hometown, employment, and/or outside activity involvement.

5. Please check the spelling and grammar in your letter.

Mail thank-you letters to the address below or email to gradstudies@fortlewis.edu.

Fort Lewis College
Graduate Studies
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse

CLD Scholarships

Culturally Responsive Teaching Scholarships

Five scholarships valued at $1,000 are available to students who are applying to the MAE-CLD or the CLD Endorsement in Fall 2020.

Purpose of Scholarships

These scholarships seek to motivate teachers and educators in the region to develop their culturally responsive teaching strategies and help multilingual learners to guide substantial improvements in classroom, school, or district teaching and learning outcomes.

Eligibility Criteria

Admitted as a MAE-CLD or CLD Endorsement student

Application Process

  1. Submit a FAFSA application
  2. Write a personal statement (900 to 1,100 words) discussing why you are the best candidate for the scholarship (financial need, how funds will help, leadership capacity, etc.)
  3. Email your FAFSA confirmation and personal statement to cld@fortlewis.edu. Write the subject line as [YOUR NAME] SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Deadline

April 1, 2021 or until all scholarship funds are awarded.

Selection Criteria

Awards will be given to applicants who demonstrate financial need and significant capacity to leverage sustainable improvements in their classrooms, schools, or district teaching and learning environments. Award decisions will be made approximately two weeks after the application deadline. Notifications will be made by email.

Disbursement

Scholarships will be disbursed in equal amounts for the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Students must be enrolled in four courses per year (including Summer) to be eligible for disbursement.

Renewal Criteria

Master of Arts and Certificate students will receive automatic renewals of their scholarship if they complete all courses enrolled in during the first year with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher.

Native American Educators as Leaders Scholarship

Native American Educators as Leaders Scholarship

  • Amount: Varies on funding availability
  • Number of awards: Varies
  • Criteria: Native American teachers or teacher candidates pursuing a master's degree in the following graduate programs at Fort Lewis College: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, Principal Leadership, Special Education, Teacher Leadership, or Teacher Licensure
  • Disbursement: Scholarship will be disbursed in equal amounts for Fall and Spring terms
  • The NAEL Scholarship supports Native American students seeking to become teachers, administrators, and leaders in the field of education with a special emphasis on:
    • Increasing the number of teachers and administrators in schools with a sizable American Indian student population
    • Elevating the status of teaching through emphasis on quality, best practices, innovation, and professionalism
    • Creating educators as leaders through a rigorous multiculturally informed leadership program.

Scholarship application process

Email the following documents to gradstudies@fortlewis.edu with your name and the word "Scholarship" in the subject line:

  • PDF copy of the FAFSA confirmation email showing that you submitted a FAFSA application
  • Personal statement that 1) introduces yourself and which scholarships you are applying for and 2) discusses your need, larger purpose, and long-term goals in teaching, and the type of school (low income, charter, middle, high, rural or urban) where you teach or would like to teach

Principal Leadership

Principal Leadership scholarships

Five scholarships valued at $1,000 are available to students who are applying to the MAE-Principal Leadership or Principal Licensure in Fall 2020.

Purpose of Scholarships

These scholarships support teachers aspiring to become educational leaders in the region as they prepare to become the next generation of strategic change leaders.

Eligibility Criteria

Admitted as a MAE-Principal Leadership or Principal Licensure student.

Application Process

  1. Submit a FAFSA application
  2. Write a personal statement (900 to 1,100 words) discussing why you are the best candidate for the scholarship (financial need, how funds will help, leadership capacity, etc.)
  3. Email your FAFSA confirmation and personal statement to principal-leadership@fortlewis.edu . Write the subject line as [YOUR NAME] SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Deadline

April 1, 2021 or until all scholarship funds are awarded.

Selection Criteria

Awards will be given to applicants who demonstrate financial need and significant capacity to leverage sustainable improvements in their classrooms, schools, or district teaching and learning environments. Award decisions will be made approximately two weeks after the application deadline. Notifications will be made by email.

Disbursement

Scholarships will be disbursed in equal amounts for the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Students must be enrolled in four courses per year (including Summer) to be eligible for disbursement.

Renewal Criteria

Master of Arts and Certificate students will receive automatic renewals of their scholarship if they complete all courses enrolled in during the first year with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher.

Special Education

Special Education scholarships

Inclusion Matters Scholarships

  • Five scholarships valued at $1,000 are available to Master of Arts in Education: Special Education and Special Education Endorsement students.
  • These scholarships seek to motivate the most inspirational teacher leaders in the region to develop their leadership knowledge and skills in order to guide substantial improvements in classroom, school, or district teaching and learning outcomes.

Eligibility Criteria

Admitted to the Master of Arts of Education: Special Education or Special Education Endorsement program.

Application Process

  1. Submit a FAFSA application
  2. Write a personal statement (900 to 1,100 words) discussing why you are the best candidate for the scholarship (financial need, how funds will help, leadership capacity, etc.)
  3. Email your FAFSA confirmation and personal statement to sped@fortlewis.edu. Write the subject line as [YOUR NAME] SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Deadline

April 1, 2021 or until all scholarship funds are awarded.

Selection Criteria

Awards will be given to applicants who demonstrate financial need and significant capacity to leverage sustainable improvements in their classrooms, schools, or district teaching and learning environments. Award decisions will be made approximately two weeks after the application deadline. Notifications will be made by email.

Disbursement

Scholarships will be disbursed in equal amounts for the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Students must be enrolled all program coursework per term (including Summer) to be eligible for disbursement.

Renewal Criteria

Master of Arts of Education students will receive automatic renewals of their scholarship if they complete all courses enrolled in during the first year with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher.

Special Education: Southwest Teacher Quality Partnership (living wage)

Southwest Teacher Quality Partnership (SWTQP)

Financial support for high-quality teachers committed to working in high-need districts

  • Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Licensure
  • Master of Arts in Education: Special Education

Who is eligible for SWTQP?

The SWTQP supports committed educators who want to serve in underserved communities around the Four Corners. FLC Masters of Education students enrolled in math, science, or special education licensure programs are eligible. 

How does SWTQP work?

Each SWTQP recipient will be paid $55,000 (paid out monthly over the two years of the program) that will help to cover FLC MAE tuition costs and other expenses. Participants also received intensive, focused professional development, coaching, and real-world training. Upon earning their FLC MAE, graduates will commit to working in a high-needs school district located in either southwest Colorado or northern New Mexico for three years.

SWTQP requirements for candidates:

  • Have never served as a teacher of record.
  • Posses a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited institution.
  • Have a clear background check.
  • Pass the appropriate Praxis exam for your Colorado license.
  • Be eligible for admission to the FLC graduate program.
  • Agree to work full-time as a math, science, or special education teacher in a Three Rivers TQP affiliated high-need school for a period of three years immediately after completing the residency.
  • Secondary math or science candidates must complete 800 hours of school-based experience and complete coursework (including content methods) and meet all requirements for a Colorado teaching license in math or science.
  • Special education MAE candidates must complete 32 credits and meet all requirements to earn an endorsement as a K-12 Special Education Generalist.

Eligible School Districts

Colorado:

  • Alamosa schools
  • Archuleta County schools
  • Ignacio schools
  • Mancos schools
  • Monte Vista Schools
  • North Conejos schools
  • South Conejos schools
  • Sierra Grande schools

New Mexico:

  • Bloomfield schools
  • Central Consolidated schools
  • Clovis schools
  • Cuba Independent schools
  • Dulce schools
  • Española schools
  • Farmington schools
  • Grants-Cibola County schools
  • Las Vegas City schools
  • Mesa Vista schools
  • Pecos Independent schools
  • Peñasco Independent schools
  • Pojoaque schools
  • Questa Independent schools
  • Raton schools
  • Santa Rosa Consolidated schools
  • Springer Municipal schools
  • West Las Vegas schools

Additional Districts:

Districts must meet specific criteria as identified by the United States Department of Education. Additional districts may be considered if resident positions cannot be filled in eligible districts.

Contact:

Jill Choate
jnchoate@fortlewis.edu
970-247-7276

Teacher Leadership

Teacher Leadership scholarships

Innovative Teacher Leadership Scholarships

  • Five scholarships valued at $1,000 are available to students beginning in either the Master of Arts program or the Certificate Program in Fall 2021

These scholarships seek to motivate the most inspirational teacher leaders in the region to develop their leadership knowledge and skills in order to guide substantial improvements in classroom, school, or district teaching and learning outcomes.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Admitted to the Master of Arts or Certificate program 

Application Process

Complete the following items:

  • Submit a FAFSA application
  • Write a personal statement (900 to 1,100 words) discussing why you are the best candidate for the scholarship (financial need, how funds will help, leadership capacity, etc.)
  • Email your FAFSA confirmation and personal statement to Teacher-Leadership@fortlewis.edu. Write the subject line as [YOUR NAME] SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Deadline

April 1, 2021 or until all scholarship funds are awarded.

Selection Criteria

Awards will be given to applicants who demonstrate financial need and significant capacity to leverage sustainable improvements in their classrooms, schools, or district teaching and learning environments. Award decisions will be made approximately two weeks after the application deadline. Notifications will be made by email.

Disbursement

Scholarships will be disbursed in equal amounts for the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Students must be enrolled in two courses per term (including Summer) to be eligible for disbursement.

Renewal Criteria

Master of Arts and Certificate students will receive automatic renewals of their scholarship if they complete all courses enrolled in during the first year with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher.

Teacher Licensure

You may apply for and be awarded more than one scholarship. Students who are awarded a Make a Difference Scholarship will be placed in a Title I school for student teaching.

Teacher Licensure scholarships

Robert M. Barr & Roberta Armstrong Barr Scholarships

  • Amount: Up to $3,000/year scholarships
  • Number of Awards: Varies
  • Criteria:  Colorado resident who has financial need and 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Disbursement: Scholarships will be disbursed in equal amounts for Fall and Spring terms.

Make a Difference Scholarships

  • Amount: $1,000/year scholarships
  • Number of Awards: five $1,000/year scholarships
  • Criteria: Student teaching placement will be in a Title I school where 50% or more students qualify for free and reduced lunch.
  • Priority Application Deadline:  April 1, 2021 (application is available until all funds are allocated)
  • Notification Date:  April 15, 2021 (may be extended if funds still available)
  • Disbursement: Scholarships will be disbursed in equal amounts for Fall and Spring terms. Candidates need to reapply each year. Candidates who have a 3.0 GPA and are teaching in a Title I school may reapply for funding in the second year.

NOYCE: STEM K-12 Teaching Scholarship

  • Amount: up to $10,000 during licensure year
  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline and interest in K-12 teaching
  • Must have passed PRAXIS exam
  • Must be admitted to MAE: Teacher Licensure program
  • Two years of teaching in a high need district are required after completion of the program
  • Visit NOYCE Scholarship website for application requirements and deadline

Scholarship application process

Email the following documents to teacher-licensure@fortlewis.edu with your name and the word "scholarship" in the subject line:

  • PDF copy of your completed FAFSA application
  • Personal statement formally introducing yourself and scholarships of interest. Please include information such as need, larger purpose, long-term goals in teaching, and the type of school (low income, charter, middle, high, rural or urban) where you would like to teach. 

Teacher Licensure: Southwest Teacher Quality Partnership (living wage)

Southwest Teacher Quality Partnership (SWTQP)

Financial support for high-quality teachers committed to working in high-need districts

  • Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Licensure
  • Master of Arts in Education: Special Education

Who is eligible for SWTQP?

The SWTQP supports committed educators who want to serve in underserved communities around the Four Corners. FLC Masters of Education students enrolled in math, science, or special education licensure programs are eligible. 

How does SWTQP work?

Each SWTQP recipient will be paid $55,000 (paid out monthly over the two years of the program) that will help to cover FLC MAE tuition costs and other expenses. Participants also received intensive, focused professional development, coaching, and real-world training. Upon earning their FLC MAE, graduates will commit to working in a high-needs school district located in either southwest Colorado or northern New Mexico for three years.

SWTQP requirements for candidates:

  • Have never served as a teacher of record.
  • Posses a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited institution.
  • Have a clear background check.
  • Pass the appropriate Praxis exam for your Colorado license.
  • Be eligible for admission to the FLC graduate program.
  • Agree to work full-time as a math, science, or special education teacher in a Three Rivers TQP affiliated high-need school for a period of three years immediately after completing the residency.
  • Secondary math or science candidates must complete 800 hours of school-based experience and complete coursework (including content methods) and meet all requirements for a Colorado teaching license in math or science.
  • Special education MAE candidates must complete 32 credits and meet all requirements to earn an endorsement as a K-12 Special Education Generalist.

Eligible School Districts

Colorado:

  • Alamosa schools
  • Archuleta County schools
  • Ignacio schools
  • Mancos schools
  • Monte Vista Schools
  • North Conejos schools
  • South Conejos schools
  • Sierra Grande schools

New Mexico:

  • Bloomfield schools
  • Central Consolidated schools
  • Clovis schools
  • Cuba Independent schools
  • Dulce schools
  • Española schools
  • Farmington schools
  • Grants-Cibola County schools
  • Las Vegas City schools
  • Mesa Vista schools
  • Pecos Independent schools
  • Peñasco Independent schools
  • Pojoaque schools
  • Questa Independent schools
  • Raton schools
  • Santa Rosa Consolidated schools
  • Springer Municipal schools
  • West Las Vegas schools

Additional Districts:

Districts must meet specific criteria as identified by the United States Department of Education. Additional districts may be considered if resident positions cannot be filled in eligible districts.

Contact:
Jill Choate
jnchoate@fortlewis.edu
970-247-7276