Grants, Awards & Scholarships

There are many financial resources available for achieving science teaching career goals or for adding resources to the science classroom. Listed below are some of the major programs available to future and current science teachers.



Cal State Teacher Ed Scholarships

The most thorough listing of CSU system teacher education scholarships can be found at

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation supports individuals and programs designed to encourage and sustain young scientists and mathematicians as they dedicate their lives to teaching other young people and to becoming leaders in the field of education. For further information, please visit

CSTA Payne Pre-service Program

CSTA is pleased to announce that we have again received funding from the Karen and Christopher Payne Family Foundation to conduct a special strand of activities for preservice teachers at the 2010 California Science Education Conference in Sacramento in October. This will be the second year of the highly successful Payne Preservice Teacher Program, which includes workshops, two Focus Speaker sessions, and a networking reception, as well as a post-conference mentorship element., designed especially for preservice teachers. For further information, please log on to:

Robert C. Noyce Scholarship Program

Several CSU campuses have National Science Foundation Grant funded Noyce Programs. The Noyce Scholars program provides scholarships and stipends for prospective mathematics and science teachers who are committed to teach in high needs school districts. At this time the following CSU campuses support Noyce Scholars on their campus:

Contact the credential coordinators at these sites to find out how to apply.


Loan Assumption Programs

The Assumption Program of Loans for Educators (APLE)

The Assumption Program of Loans for Educators (APLE) is designed to support students who are planning to teach science in high need schools. The APLE program pays up to $19,000 on outstanding loan balances over 4 consecutive years of service. Click here to find out more about this program.


Grants & Awards

Toyota Tapestry
The National Science Teachers Association’s Toyota Tapestry Grant Program is a great place to start. To learn more about the Toyota Tapestry Program click here.

California Math and Science Partnership Program
School districts can apply for grants under the California Math and Science Partnership Program. This program is designed to help teachers to become NCLB compliant. Your district may be interested in considering this program. To learn more about it, click here

National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation is one of the most significant science and math education funding sources in the nation.  To learn about some of the excellent funding opportunities at NSF’s Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education (ESIE) Division. click here.

California Science Teachers Association
The California Science Teachers Association maintains a listing of many funding opportunities. Click here to learn about the many interesting grant/award opportunities that may take you on your way to achieving funding success.

Corporate Grants

Target Community Partners has a grant program specifically to fund field trips.
Best Buy -  Rewarding Schools for Making Learning Fun
At Best Buy we believe technology can excite and engage students, creating a more valuable educational experience. Through Best Buy Teach Awards we support schools’ creative use of interactive technology to make learning fun.

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