Apply for a Montessori Teacher Education Scholarship

Every year, the American Montessori Society awards teacher education scholarships to aspiring Montessori teachers in support of their professional growth.

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 at any of these credential levels: Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary (I, I – II, II), and Secondary (I, I – II).

In 2019, AMS awarded a total of $28,000 to 20 aspiring Montessori teachers.

To Apply

The application period for the 2020 – 2021 academic year is now open. To apply, complete the 2020 AMS Scholarship Application and send it so us via postal mail, along with all required documentation, by May 1, 2020.

American Montessori Society
Attention: Teacher Education Scholarships
116 East 16th Street, FL 6
New York, NY 10003

Please see the 2020 AMS Scholarship Application Guidelines for the full list of submission requirements.

Selection Process

Applicants are considered on the basis of financial need, a compelling personal statement, 3 original letters of recommendation, and official verification of acceptance into an AMS-affiliated program. Recipients are selected by a committee chaired by a representative of the Teacher Educators Section of the AMS Board of Directors.   


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’s lifelong work as a Montessori educator. AMS administers this fund, providing scholarships every year in which funds are available.

Learn more about teacher education scholarships.