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Prospective Educator Scholarships

The PDK Educational Foundation awards more than 30 scholarships each year to prospective educators who have a connection to PDK by having a family member or teacher who is a PDK member, or through membership in the Future Educators Association®. All scholarships are available under a single application.

Applications for the 2015 Prospective Educator Scholarship are now being accepted. Deadline is April 1, 2015.


Individuals who meet one of the following criteria may apply directly to PDK International through the online application:

  • High school senior intending to major in education who is a good standing member of the Future Educators Association
  • High school senior intending to major in education who is the child or grandchild of a Kappan in good standing
  • High school senior intending to major in education who has one of his/her reference letters written by a Kappan in good standing
  • An undergraduate member of an FEA or PDK chapter who is enrolled in a college education program

Endowed General Scholarships

  • The Lowell C. and Mary J. Rose Endowed Scholarship
  • Edna Wilhelmina Snell Nichols Scholarship
  • Meissner Endowed Scholarship
  • The John and Lucy Wood Scholarship
  • Wilmer and Sal Bugher Endowed Scholarship
  • Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Scholarship
  • Pauline B. Gough Memorial Scholarship
  • Katherine Swann Scholarship
  • Ohio State University Scholarship
  • Donald H. and Verna S. Duncan Scholarship

Awards with Special Criteria

The following scholarships have additional eligibility requirements. Application for these scholarships should be completed on the Prospective Educator Scholarship form. Please indicate special eligibility for any of these awards.

The Connecticut Kappans Endowed Scholarship

High school seniors residing in the State of Connecticut who plan to pursue a teaching career and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0

The Marvin and Ruth Fellers/Des Moines Area IA Chapter 1038 Scholarship

Students at Grand View College who are entering student teaching

The Jim Frazier Memorial Scholarship

Students or employees of the Marion County, Florida, public schools who wish to become classroom teachers

Jo Ann Ota Fujioka Scholarship

Students of color pursuing education careers

Bessie Gabbard Scholarship

Preference to students from Florida or Ohio

Pauline B. Gough Memorial Scholarship

High school seniors entering college to study journalism or English who will teach

The Margaret L. Hanshaw and Family Scholarship

Students pursuing careers in music education, especially returning or non-traditional students interested in choral music

Lanny Holm Scholarship

Preference to students in the San Francisco Bay Area or the State of California

Kersey/Oglesby Scholarship

Preference to an elementary education major from the Midwest or the Southeast; preference to a male student

The Petermichel Family Endowed Scholarship

Preference to applicants who are members of one of the following Catholic parishes: St. Patrick’s, Cairo, Illinois; St. Pius X, Chula Vista, California; St. Vincent’s, Bedford, Indiana; St. John the Apostle, Bloomington, Indiana; Holy Spirit Parish at Geist, Fishers, Indiana.

Dave Sanders/Columbine High School Endowed Scholarship

Students from the State of Colorado who plan to major in education; preference given to students from Columbine High School, Littleton, Colorado

George J. and Jessie M. Schmalz Scholarship

Students with demonstrated need

The Donovan R. Walling Family Memorial Endowed Scholarship

High school senior and son or daughter of active or retired United States Army parent; must major in music or art with objective to teach

J. Arnold Webb Scholarship

Preference to a student attending an historically black college

J. Arnold Webb Greensboro (AL) Scholarship

High school senior at Greensboro (Alabama) High School who intends to major in education and demonstrates financial need

Questions? Email scholarships@pdkintl.org.


Whether you are a teacher or an administrator, PDK provides opportunities and information for educational leaders at all stages of their careers working in diverse locations. Travel, publications, awards, and scholarships make PDK a valuable membership for all educators to have.