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.
An application for the 2016 – 2017 academic year will be available in January 2016.
Submission deadline: May 1, 2016
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 Beyer, who also serves as chair of the Teachers Section of the AMS Board of Directors.
If you have questions, contact Abbie Kelly.
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.
In 2015, the American Montessori Society awarded $32,000 to 22 aspiring Montessori teachers in honor of AMS 2015 Living Legacy Maria Gravel. We extend our congratulations to these deserving individuals and wish them joy in their studies at AMS-affiliated teacher education programs.
- Maryam Beirami (Early Childhood), Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, Silver Spring, MD
- Saxon Brown (Early Childhood), Hope Montessori Educational Institute, Lake St. Louis, MO
- Sarah Brown (Elementary I), Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, Boulder, CO
- Neus Carmona Saus (Early Childhood), New England Montessori Teacher Education Center, Goffstown, NH
- Sarah Galley (Early Childhood), Center for Montessori Teacher Education/NC, Angier, NC
- Monica Gucwa (Elementary I), Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, Boulder, CO
- *Kristine Habelmann (Elementary I), Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, Boulder, CO
- Molly Hardy (Early Childhood), New England Montessori Teacher Education Center, Goffstown, NH
- Kayla Iannuzzo (Early Childhood), Summit Montessori Teacher Training Institute, Davie, FL
- Farzana Khan (Early Childhood), Dallas Montessori Teacher Education Program, Dallas, TX
- Deepika Kotte Gangoda Thalapitigodage (Early Childhood), Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, Libertyville, IL
- Christina Krenicki (Early Childhood), Northeast Montessori Institute, Warren, Maine
- Lauren Lund (Secondary I-II), Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Education Program, Cincinnati, OH
- Kylee Meyer (Early Childhood), Center for Montessori Education/NY, White Plains, NY
- Alyna Phetsinor (Early Childhood), Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, Libertyville, IL
- Lisa Schad (Elementary I-II), Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative, Arlington, MA
- Taylor Webb (Early Childhood), Hope Montessori Educational Institute, Lake St. Louis, MO
- **Danielle Hines (Infant and Toddler), Virginia Center for Montessori Studies, Richmond, VA
- Eilys Orta (Infant and Toddler), Village Montessori Training Center, Miami, FL
- Elisabeth Rosoff (Infant and Toddler), West Side Montessori School, New York, NY
*Scholarships awarded are from the Zell Family Scholarship Fund
** Scholarship partially funded by the Joanne P. Hammes Scholarship Fund