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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

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.

Funds

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, drawing from it to award scholarships every year in which funds are available.
  • 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 scholarships every year in which funds are available.

2018 Awards

In 2018, the American Montessori Society awarded a total of $71,200 to 24 aspiring Montessori teachers in honor of AMS 2018 Living Legacies, D'Neil and Michael Duffy. We extend our congratulations to these deserving individuals and wish them joy in their studies at AMS-affiliated teacher education programs.

  • Ashely A. Arenas-Chalmers (Infant & Toddler), Summit Montessori Teacher Training Institute, Davie, FL
  • Mariam T. Barsoum (Early Childhood), Hope Montessori Educational Institute, Saint Louis, MO
  • Laura Borkenhagen (Early Childhood), Oklahoma City University MTEP, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Monique A. Breaux (Secondary I – II), Houston Montessori Center, Houston, TX
  • *Gabriella Barraza (Early Childhood), West Side Montessori School Teacher Education Program, New York, NY
  • Andria M. Conti (Early Childhood), Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Center, Waterford, MI
  • *Kristen M. Cozart (Elementary I), Center for Montessori Teacher Education/NC, Cornelius, NC
  • *Andreza Karol da Silva (Infant & Toddler), Hope Montessori Educational Institute, Saint Louis, MO
  • Richard P. Escandon (Early Childhood), Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, Libertyville, IL
  • Charlotte J. Farrer (Elementary I – II), Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
  • *Lisa L. Francis (Early Childhood), Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education, Covington, KY
  • Laura Hughes (Elementary I – II), Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
  • *Alison J. Jundt (Elementary I), Montessori Center for Teacher Education, San Diego, CA
  • **Kyle E. Lockhart (Elementary I), Dallas Montessori Teacher Education Program, Dallas, TX
  • Bethany M. Mueller (Early Childhood), University of Wisconsin at River Falls MTEP, River Falls, WI
  • *Aki Nikori (Early Childhood), University of Wisconsin at River Falls MTEP, River Falls, WI
  • Jessica L. Pawell (Early Childhood), Houston Montessori Center, Houston, TX
  • Sativa A. Saposnek (Early Childhood), Northeast Montessori Institute, Warren, ME
  • Amy R. Scarborough (Elementary I – II), Lander University MTEP, Greenwood, SC
  • Grace A. Schneider (Elementary I), Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, Boulder, CO
  • Deseree Albano (Early Childhood), Montessori Academy Training Institute, Pembroke Pines, FL
  • Marissa Stickles (Early Childhood), Center for Montessori Education | NY, New Rochelle, NY
  • Kristen L. Wyant (Early Childhood), Center for Montessori Education | NY, New Rochelle, NY
  • Jinhui Xu (Early Childhood), New England Montessori Teacher Education Center, Goffstown, NH

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

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