Financial Support and Opportunities
Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships
Need- and merit-based aid is available to graduate students through the Graduate School in the form of assistantships and tuition scholarships (apply on the graduate school application); and through the UNH Financial Aid Office in the form of loans (e.g., Perkins Loans) and the college work-study program. Decisions on assistantships and scholarships are often made early in the spring semester for aid during the following academic year.
Several Excellence in Teaching scholarships are awarded by the Department of Education each year to students who display potential for excellence as a classroom teacher, have a strong educational background, and are involved in the full-year graduate internship. For information on this scholarship and others that might be available, contact the Coordinator, Department of Education.
For further information regarding loans and the college work-study program, contact the UNH Financial Aid Office, Stoke Hall.
Financial assistance may be available through paid internships, which represent a minority of the intern placement sites that are available. While stipends are not equal to full salaries, they often are enough to defray costs of tuition and fees. Students wishing to be considered for paid sites should indicate their preference when they submit their internship application. The UNH Department of Education has made it a priority to develop additional sources of aid for teacher education students.
Early Childhod Special Education Assistive Technology Project
The Early Childhood Special Education Assistive Technology (SEAT) Project is a US Department of Education Office of Special Education funded grant to address the national shortage of special education teachers. Through graduate education, the Early Childhood SEAT Project prepares certified teachers in Early Childhood Special Educators with additional expertise in assistive technology. Stipends of up to $20,000 are available for qualified students' educational expenses (e.g., tuition, fees, and books). In addition, scholars in the program receive an iPad for use in coursework and fieldwork to support children with disabilities. Applications are currently being accepted for Scholars in the program. For more information click here
The National Science Foundation Noyce Scholarship Program provides annual scholarships of up to $20,000 for undergraduates and $12,000 for graduate students interested in pursuing a teaching career in math or science education. For more information see http://unh.edu/noyce/
Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Awards
These awards recognize outstanding achievement in research conducted by graduate students in the Education Department and encourage the submission of original research for publication in professional journals and presentation at professional conferences.
Each year, the Education Department will offer up to three awards for outstanding papers written by graduate students. Each award will include a $500 cash prize.
Guidelines for submission:
Papers submitted for the award must have also been submitted for publication or for presentation at a conference within the last academic year. Papers may have a single student author, or they may be co-authored by two or more graduate students. Papers co-authored with faculty members are not eligible for consideration. Criteria used for reviewing the papers include evaluation of the work’s theoretical framework, choice of question/problem, methodology, quality of writing/analysis, and contribution to the field. See link below for a more detailed sample of the actual rubric used to review submissions. Eight copies of the paper, each with cover sheet should be submitted to the Chair of the Education Department.
The Executive Committee will review papers and determine the recipient(s) of the award(s). The winning papers may be published in a subsequent Education Department Occasional Papers Series, as appropriate. Recipients of the award will be recognized at the Education Department’s Graduation/Brunch ceremony.
Submissions deadline for the 2008 award will be announced.
Counseling Program Awards
Marsha McCann Award
This award was established in memory of Dr. Marcia McCann, a former member of the staff of Career Planning and Placement at UNH. An annual award of $500-$1000 is made to an incoming or current student in the Counseling Program who demonstrates a special interest in Career Counseling. Nominations are put forth by the Graduate Program in Counseling faculty and then reviewed by a selection committee. This award is presented in the spring of each academic year.
Irving Ausman Memorial Fellowships
This award was established in memory of Irving Ausman by his daughter. Two annual stipends of $1000 are awarded to part-time students in the Counseling Program. Criteria for selection include demonstrated commitment to and enthusiasm for a career in counseling, academic merit, and an essay by the candidates. These awards are presented in the spring of each academic year.
The Graduate Program in Counseling awards three one-half graduate assistantships each year.