Teacher Education Scholarships
Every year, the American Montessori Society awards teacher education scholarships to aspiring Montessori teachers.
Through the awarding of Teacher Education Scholarships, AMS supports the growth of Montessori teachers of tomorrow.
Those eligible to apply for scholarships are individuals who have been accepted, are in the process of being accepted, or are already enrolled in an AMS-affiliated teacher education program.
Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year will be available for downloading in January 2014. The deadline to apply will be May 1, 2014.
Applicants are considered on the basis of financial need, a compelling personal statement, 3 letters of recommendation, and official verification of acceptance into an AMS-affiliated program.
Scholarships are drawn from 2 funds:
- The AMS Teacher Education Scholarship Fund, for which monies are raised in honor of the current Living Legacy.
- The Zell Family Scholarship Fund, established in 1995 by Dr. Pamela Zell Rigg to honor the memory of her late mother, Agnes Kister, and her late brother, John Kister Zell. Dr. Rigg seeded the initial fund with $20,000 and grew it to $100,000. AMS administers this fund, each year drawing from it to award 2 scholarships of $1,000 each.
Scholarship winners for the 2013-2014 academic year will be announced by July 1, 2013.
In 2012, the American Montessori Society awarded $32,000 to aspiring Montessori teachers in honor of AMS 2012 Living Legacy Chandra Fernando. These 20 deserving teachers will study at AMS-affiliated teacher education programs throughout the United States.
Two grants of $1,000 each from the Zell Family Scholarship Fund helped fund the scholarships. AMS thanks Dr. Zell and the many other donors for their generosity, and the 2012 Living Legacy Committee for their dedicated work.
We extend our congratulations to the award recipients and wish them joy in their studies.
AMS 2012 Teacher Education Scholarship Recipients
- Rebekah Ackerman (Early Childhood), Hope Montessori Educational Institute, Saint Louis, MO
- Angela Baker (Early Childhood), Montana Montessori Teacher Education Institute, Kalispell, MT
- Julia Boldrin (Elementary I-II), Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, Boulder, CO
- Adena Boyd (Early Childhood), Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, Boulder, CO
- Anita Chandel (Elementary I-II), Montessori Center for Teacher Education, San Diego, CA
- Danit Christensen (Early Childhood), Montessori Teacher Education Center/San Francisco Bay Area, San Leandro, CA
- *Alissa Falcone (Early Childhood), Columbus Montessori Teacher Education Program, Columbus, OH
- Jennifer Giroux (Elementary I), Houston Montessori Center, Houston, TX
- Danielle Hardoon (Elementary I-II), St. Mary's Montessori Teacher Education Program, Moraga, CA
- Angelina Hawley-Dolan (Early Childhood), New England Montessori Teacher Education Center, Goffstown, NH
- Brenda Luther (Infant & Toddler), Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, Silver Spring, MD
- *Samantha Magagnotti (Infant & Toddler), Columbus Montessori Teacher Education Program, Columbus, OH
- Ginger McCalmont (Elementary I), Montessori Center for Teacher Education, San Diego, CA
- Jessica Meyers (Elementary I), Princeton Center Teacher Education, Princeton, NJ
- Natalie Myers (Infant & Toddler), Montessori of Alameda Teacher Education Program, Portland, OR
- Marcela Otero (Early Childhood), Summit Montessori Teacher Training Institute, Davie, FL
- Alice Pilkey (Early Childhood), Montessori Western Teacher Training Program, Garden Grove, CA
- Sarah Porter (Early Childhood), Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute, Adrian, MI
- Lucy Roberts Salazar (Early Childhood), Montessori Teacher Academy, Dana Point, CA
- Kristen Szegda (Infant & Toddler), Seton Montessori Institute, Clarendon Hills, IL
*Scholarships awarded are from the Zell Family Scholarship.