Montessori Teacher Education Scholarships

The scholarship application process is now closed. We thank all our aspiring Montessori teachers for their participation.

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). These scholarships are not available for individuals enrolled in an AMS Administrator or MIE course.

In 2020, AMS awarded a total of $20,000 to 16 aspiring Montessori teachers.

Applications for 2021 – 2022

The application period for the 2021 – 2022 academic year is February 1, 2021 to April 19, 2021. The 2021 Montessori Teacher Education Scholarship window closed as of April 19 at 11:59 pm.

Selection Process

Scholarship recipients are selected by a committee chaired by a representative of the Teacher Educators Section of the AMS Board of Directors.

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.


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.