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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.


Applications for the 2017 – 2018 year will be available this January. Thank you to all who applied in 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 Bayer, 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.

2016 Awards

In 2016, the American Montessori Society awarded $37,000 to 18 aspiring Montessori teachers in honor of AMS 2016 Living Legacy Carolyn Kambich. We extend our congratulations to these deserving individuals and wish them joy in their studies at AMS-affiliated teacher education programs.

  • Sarah Chase (Early Childhood), Northeast Montessori Institute, Wenham, MA
  • **Cristal Garza (Early Childhood), Montessori Teacher Academy, Dana Point, CA
  • *Abigail Goeller (Early Childhood), Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute, Adrian, MI
  • Elizabeth Hill (Elementary I-II), Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Lisa Huff (Early Childhood), Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education, Covington, KY
  • *Ada Kulbickaite (Elementary I-II), Duhovka Montessori Teacher Education Program, Praha 6, Czech Republic
  • Estefania Maldonada (Early Childhood), Palm Harbor Montessori Teacher Education Center, Palm Harbor, FL
  • *Jessica Marshall (Elementary I), Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, Boulder, CO
  • Erin Mergil (Early Childhood), Center for Montessori Education/NY, New Rochelle, NY
  • Shawnnee Miranda (Early Childhood), New England Montessori Teacher Education Center, Newton, MA
  • *Rebekah Moore (Early Childhood), Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education, Covington, KY
  • Leah Park (Elementary I), Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, Silver Spring, MD
  • Misty Pasco (Infant and Toddler), Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute, Omaha, NE
  • *Stephanie Powell (Early Childhood), Montessori Center for Teacher Education, San Diego, CA
  • *Kimberly Torres (Elementary I-II), Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Mariah White (Elementary I), University of Wisconsin- River Falls Montessori Teacher Education Program, River Falls, WI
  • Ashley Wooten (Early Childhood), Shelton Montessori Teacher Education Center, Dallas, TX
  • Marah Zabibi (Early Childhood), Hope Montessori Educational Institute, Lake Saint Louis, MO

*Scholarships partially funded from the Zell Family Scholarship Fund

** Scholarship funded by the Joanne P. Hammes Scholarship Fund


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