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Teacher Education Scholarships

Student and Teacher

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.


The submission period is now closed. Applications for 2019 will be available in the spring.

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. Recipients are selected by a committee, currently chaired by Suzanne Bayer, who also serves as chair of the Teachers Section of the AMS Board of Directors.

If you have questions, contact us.


Scholarships are drawn from 3 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.
  • The Joanne P. Hammes Scholarship Fund, established by an anonymous donor in 2013 to honor Ms. Hammes’ lifelong work as a Montessori educator. AMS administers this fund, providing 1 scholarship of $1,000 every year that funds are available.

2017 Awards

In 2017, the American Montessori Society awarded a total of $57,000 to 23 aspiring Montessori teachers in honor of AMS 2017 Living Legacy, Alice Renton. We extend our congratulations to these deserving individuals and wish them joy in their studies at AMS-affiliated teacher education programs.

  • Samantha Adams (Elementary I), Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative, Lexington, MA
  • Shannon Adams (Early Childhood), Hope Montessori Educational Institute, Lake Saint Louis, MO
  • Daniela Bertoli (Early Childhood), West Side Montessori School Teacher Education Program, New York, NY
  • Taylor Brendmoen (Early Childhood), University of Wisconsin River Falls Montessori Education Program, River Falls, WI
  • ***Alexander Calhoun (Elementary I – II), Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, Evanston, IL
  • Stephanie Cavinder (Infant &Toddler), Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, Boulder, CO
  • *Suzanne Collins (Elementary I – II), Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, Boulder, CO
  • *Desiree Corbin (Elementary I – II), Houston Montessori Center, Houston, TX
  • Ruby Cossairt (Elementary I), Houston Montessori Center, Houston, TX
  • Ainsley Fleetwood (Early Childhood), Seton Montessori Institute, Clarendon Hills, IL
  • Anwar Gorani (Early Childhood), Montessori Institute for Teacher Education - Istanbul, Turkey
  • Israa Gorani (Early Childhood), Montessori Institute for Teacher Education - Istanbul, Turkey
  • Lorena Lopez (Early Childhood), Northeast Montessori Institute, Wenham, MA
  • Megan Prybylski (Elementary I), Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute, Omaha, NE
  • *Joseph Purmort (Secondary I), Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program, Cincinnati, OH
  • Zhaneta Rexhollari (Infant & Toddler), Seton Montessori Institute, Clarendon Hills, IL
  • *Stephanie Rivera (Early Childhood), Center for Montessori Education/NY, New Rochelle, NY
  • Stephanie Schilling (Early Childhood), Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education, Covington, KY
  • **Chavonne Taylor (Elementary I), Xavier University Montessori Teacher Education Program, Cincinnati, OH
  • Heather Vrieswyk (Early Childhood), Northern Virginia Montessori Institute, Ashburn, VA
  • *Leslie Woodford (Elementary I – II), Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Jessica Yarbrough (Elementary I), Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, Boulder, CO
  • *Cynthia Zarco (Elementary I), Montessori Teacher Education Center/San Francisco Bay Area, San Leandro, CA

*Scholarships partially funded from the Zell Family Scholarship Fund
** Scholarship partially funded by the Joanne P. Hammes Scholarship Fund

***One-time scholarship funded by the former Illinois Montessori Teacher Association

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