Appalachian State University is considered one of the best institutions in the Southeast and consistently ranks in Forbes' and Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine best values lists. We are proud to give our students the opportunity to receive a world-class education at such an affordable rate; however we understand that cost can still be a factor. Below are the scholarship opportunities specific to the programs in the Reich College of Education and teacher education programs. We encourage students to review these as well as the opportunities at the University level. Scholarship opportunities are available to incoming, current, and graduate students. While each opportunity is extremely competitive, we encourage all eligible students to apply. To learn more about the Reich College of Education scholarship opportunities and scholarship programs, follow the link that best suits your needs.
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For information relating to scholarships available only to teacher education majors and College of Education programs, please contact:
RCOE Scholarship Coordinator and Accelerated Admissions Recruiter
133E College of Education
Phone: (828) 262-2663
Entering Freshman Scholarships in Teacher Education
A variety of scholarships are offered varying in value, merit or need-based, location based, and major specific, including the James Patterson Scholarship and the Steve & Judy James Scholarship. Freshman scholarship recipients will be required to live in the Living Learning Center and participate in service and leadership events with other future teachers, as part of the Appalachian Community of Education Scholars.
APPLY now! The application will open August 1; the deadline for applying is November 15.
Junior/Senior Scholarships in Teacher Education
To be eligible to apply for the Junior/Senior Scholarships, applicants must be full-time rising juniors or seniors and pursuing a career in education, and have at least a 3.00 GPA. Students must have a 3.00 GPA at time of scholarship award. Awards usually range from $1,000 to $5,000 per academic year. The Junior/Senior Scholarship application is to be completed and submitted directly online through RCOE Student Services in Banner Self Service.
The application will open January 15; the deadline for applying is February 15.
Graduate Scholarships are awarded through the graduate programs. Learn more about what each department and program offers.
Learn more about external scholarships for teacher education
All recipients of scholarships and financial aid should review the terms and conditions provided through the financial aid office. For further information, please contact:
Financial Aid Office
Room 265, John E. Thomas Academic Support Building
Phone: (828) 262-2190
Fax: (828) 262-2585
Lois and Ed Reich Scholarships
In 1985 the college of education was officially named the Ed and Lois Reich College of Education in honor of Dr. Lois Arlene Weisner Reich '33 and her husband, Dr. Edgar Reich. The Reichs dedicated their lives to helping the children of others, and their philanthropies reached into many areas, but education was always their main goal. The Lois and Ed Reich Scholarship is funded through a generous gift from the Drs. Reich. The scholarship awards are made to undergraduate students in teacher education. Please apply through the Freshman Scholarship application.
SECU Appalachian Partnership
The State Employees’ Credit Union Appalachian Partnership scholarship is a $1.76 million grant that assists students in our teacher education programs offered through Distance Education. The ultimate goal is for graduates of these programs to teach in their communities.
James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship
Funded by best-selling author James Patterson, as a part of our Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES), the Patterson Scholarship covers tuition and related expenses. Recipients are selected based on their potential to become leaders in education. Each academic year since 2012-13, eight freshmen have been awarded $7,500 each. The scholarship is funded through the Patterson Family Foundation.
Steve and Judy James Scholarship
The Steve and Judy James Scholarship for Education is awarded to one incoming freshman each year who plans to pursue a career in teaching in North Carolina. Recipients are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership, community service, and financial need. The Steve and Judy James Scholarship is $5,000 each year and is renewable for four years. Recipients of the James Scholarship are required to participate in the Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES) Residential Learning Community and to teach in North Carolina for four years after graduation from Appalachian.