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Alpha Delta Kappa Future Educator Scholarship - Alpha Delta Kappa, the international honor society for female teachers, offers a $1,000 Future Educator Scholarship to current members who are pursuing bachelor’s or master’s degrees in any teaching field, including physical education. Eligibility criteria requires attending an accredited U.S. teacher’s college, carrying a “B” academic average or higher, approaching their final two semesters, actively participating in volunteer activities, and attaching two university letters of recommendation.
Bushaw-Redumis PLT Leadership Scholarships - Since 2010, Pi Lambda Theta has utilized a generous donation from William J. Bushaw, PhD, and his wife Irene to disburse several Bushaw-Redumis PLT Leadership Scholarships for $500 yearly. Eligible undergraduate members must attend a regionally accredited college at least half-time, pursue a teaching major like physical education, excel academically with a major GPA of 3.5 or higher, and exhibit leadership capacity in PLT Chapter activities.
CANFIT Undergraduate Scholarships - Sponsored by the Tides Center, the California Adolescent Nutrition and Fitness (CANFIT) gifts two to five undergraduate physical education scholarships of up to $1,500 each. Funding is designed to support minority students of Black, Native American, Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, or Latino heritage who are earning bachelor’s degrees in nutrition or physical education. Having completed 50+ semester units at a WASC-accredited college in California with a minimum 2.5 GPA is required.
Carolyn D. Vanacore Athlete Scholarship - Worth $1,000 over two $500 installments, the Carolyn D. Vanacore Athlete Scholarship is granted by the Connecticut Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CTAHPERD) to support varsity athletes who are pursuing careers in fitness. Physical education majors must be female, attain junior or senior status, have lived in Connecticut, attend an accredited U.S. institution full-time, hold a 2.7 QPR or better, and write a 400-word essay about their athletic participation.
Coach Kevin Ferguson Scholarship - Established in 1995, the John Randolph Foundation is one of Virginia’s 14 health legacy charities that’s provided over $16 million in tuition assistance, including the Coach Kevin Ferguson Scholarship. This $1,500, merit-based program selects seniors or graduates of Prince George County Public Schools who will pursue careers in physical education. Eligible applicants must register for at least six credits per term, hold a cumulative GPA above 2.0, and display good sportsmanship.
Dan Whitworth Memorial Scholarship - The Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) bestows the Dan Whitworth Memorial Scholarship for $1,000 yearly upon college-bound seniors or current undergrads who are majoring in sports-related fields, such as physical education, kinesiology, movement science, or parks and recreation. Interested candidates must matriculate full-time at Texas universities, achieve a cumulative 2.5 GPA or greater, score at least 850 on the SAT or 21 on the ACT, and participate in athletic activities.
Dorothea Deitz Endowed Scholarship - Created by 39-time Grand Slam tennis champion Billie Jean King in 1974, the Women’s Sport Foundation manages the Dorothea Deitz Endowed Scholarship to encourage female students to enroll in physical education programs for teacher certification. To earn $1,000, applicants must have graduated from New York State high schools, participated in varsity athletics, attained a minimum “B” average overall, contributed to community service, and shown physical education competence.
Dr. Alvin & Monica Saake Scholarship - Named after the late University of Hawai’i basketball team head coach and his wife, the Dr. Alvin & Monica Saake Scholarship is conferred by the Hawai’i Community Foundation (HCF) for $1,000 to $2,500 annually. Accepted majors include athletic training, sports medicine, physical education, leisure studies, and kinesiology. Interested applicants must also be college juniors or higher, possess a minimum 2.7 GPA, legally reside in Hawai’i, attend four-year, nonprofit U.S. institutions, and need financial assistance.
Jane Maver & Ray Anne Shrader Scholarship - The Department of Health and Kinesiology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, gifts the Jane Maver & Ray Anne Shrader Scholarship for $1,000 to support juniors and seniors in the undergraduate curriculum for physical education. Following Dr. Joy Greenlee’s specifications, applicants must have completed 45+ credits in residence, show promise in student teaching, sustain a minimum overall GPA of 3.5, and participate in campus activities.
JCC of North America Graduate Scholarship - Valued at $10,000 per year, the Jewish Community Center Association of North America provides a Graduate Scholarship program for students of any faith who agree to work at any JCC nationwide for two years post-graduation. Eligible recipients will be pursuing their first master’s degree full-time at accredited U.S. institutions in accepted fields, including physical education, health education, early childhood education, and recreation management.
Karen J. Dowd Leadership Scholarship - The Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD) awards the Karen J. Dowd Leadership Scholarship for up to $1,000 to current members in good standing who are studying relevant majors, including PE. Appropriate applicants will be juniors or seniors with over 60 college-level credits, matriculate full-time at Oklahoma universities, present a grade point average over 3.0, and write a 500-word professional philosophy essay.
Mary Lampe Scholarship Program - The Minnesota Society of Health and Physical Educators started the Mary Lampe Scholarship Program to honor the UMN coach who testified before the U.S. Senate in Title IX hearings about female discrimination in sports. For the $500 award, nominees must be SHAPE America Central District members, pursue undergrad or post-grad study in physical education full-time, contribute to movements for healthy active lifestyles, and provide an itemized financial need statement.
Mildred Murray Scholarship Fund - At Towson University, the College of Health Professions (CHP) houses several scholarships for physical education, such as the Mildred Murray Scholarship Fund. This $2,400 program selects full-time juniors and seniors who are completing the physical education program for Maryland teacher licensure with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. Preference is given to students participating in inter-scholastic athletics. Also consider the Stephen C. Broy Memorial and Jennifer L. Thomas Memorial Scholarships.
Robert Hampton Student Scholarship - The Robert Hampton Student Scholarship was opened by the South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (SCAHPERD) to distribute $1,000 to full-time juniors or seniors who are obtaining baccalaureate majors related to their mission. Physical education students should hold 75+ non-remedial credits, carry a minimum “B” average, participate in state or national organizations, serve as good role models to children, and have verifiable financial need.
Ruby P. “Bela” Herlong Scholarship - At Winthrop University, the NCATE-accredited Richard W. Riley College of Education offers the Ruby P. “Bela” Herlong Scholarship for $500 to $1,000 to South Carolina residents who are majoring in elementary education or physical education with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. First preference is given to undergraduates from Saluda County, including Batesburg-Leesville and Monetta. Students must subject a three-page application, resume, 500-word personal statement, and two faculty references.
Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship - Annually, the Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship honors her 1954-56 SHAPE America leadership by presenting $1,250 to three bachelor’s and $1,750 to two master’s or doctoral students who are studying health education, physical education, dance, and recreation. Eligibility criteria requires having at least 12 months of college remaining, registering at accredited four-year U.S. institutions, excelling with a 3.5 GPA or better, being a current SHAPE member, and displaying strong character.
Sam and Peggy Johnson PE Scholarship - The Sam and Peggy Johnson PE Scholarship stands out among Bemidji State University’s physical education scholarships for providing the largest amount at $3,000. The College of Health Sciences & Human Ecology seeks applicants who are working toward their bachelor’s degree full-time, have 30 or more credits, major in physical education for teacher certification, and show involvement in departmental activities. Other PE funds include the Otto Erickson Memorial and Hazel Leland Scholarships.
Stacy Stover Memorial Scholarship - The Community Foundation of Findlay-Hancock County administers the Stacy Stover Memorial Scholarship to remember the Bluffton College alumna who worked for McComb Schools, played for Findlay City Coed Volleyball, and volunteered at Open Arms Shelter. Interested Ohioans must be graduating from Patrick Henry High School or Hancock County High School, enter teacher preparation programs like physical education full-time, be U.S. citizens, maintain a 2.0 GPA or better through high school, and have financial need.
Ted and Eloise Pfeiff Scholarship - Graduating high school seniors from Iowa’s Davenport, Bettendorf, and Pleasant Valley districts could qualify for the Ted and Eloise Pfeiff Scholarship from the Community Foundation of Great River Bend (CFGRB). This renewable fund worth $14,000 total offers $3,000 for the first two years and $4,000 for the last two years. Qualified candidates must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in any education major, such as physical education, with academic excellence.
William A. Crawford Minority Scholarship - The Indiana Commission for Higher Education publicly funds the William A. Crawford Minority Scholarship to grant up to $4,000 for Black and Hispanic students who are pursuing a course of study for teaching licensure, including physical education. Scholarship terms require teaching in Indiana public schools for at least three years post-graduation. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens, attend Indiana universities full-time, pursue their first bachelor’s degree, and complete a FAFSA form.