Montessori Northwest Scholarships

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Scholarship opportunities

The mission of MNW’s Scholarship Fund is to increase access to Montessori training, and to expand diversity and inclusion in Montessori education.

Scholarship funds come directly from Montessori Northwest donors, partnering schools and businesses. For more information about partnering with MNW, click here.

There are three scholarship opportunities for individuals who have been accepted into any Montessori Northwest training course. Applicants may fill out one form to be eligible for all three scholarships. Current scholarship opportunities are:

 

  “A scholarship can make a huge difference in the life of a student, sometimes determining if the student can do the course or not. From my training, I have gained a lot of knowledge as well as a new way of looking at the world in general. It has been a transformative experience that I would 100% recommend.”    — Goretti Barton, MNW Scholarship recipient

“A scholarship can make a huge difference in the life of a student, sometimes determining if the student can do the course or not. From my training, I have gained a lot of knowledge as well as a new way of looking at the world in general. It has been a transformative experience that I would 100% recommend.”

— Goretti Barton, MNW Scholarship recipient

Montessori Northwest Learning to Leading Fund
Provides tuition assistance to qualified applicants from Montessori programs that are actively serving communities in need. Priority consideration given to:

  • Those who demonstrate two years of past employment in a public or tuition-free program in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, or Montana

  • Those who demonstrate a commitment for continued employment in a public or tuition-free program in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, or Montana

  • Those who demonstrate financial need


Montessori Northwest Education Advancement Fund
Provides tuition assistance to applicants currently working with children and dedicated to serving children in the future. Priority consideration given to:

  • Classroom assistants in a Montessori classroom

  • Teachers who have a non-AMI Montessori diploma

  • Teachers in a traditional education setting

  • Teachers who hold an AMI diploma and would like AMI training at another level

  • Individuals with a work history demonstrating their dedication to serving children

  • Those who demonstrate financial need

  “The scholarship helped me feel I was recognized and included in the MNW community.  From the training  I gained not only the way to aid children's development but also learned how to be better myself. The 10 months training for me is a key to Montessori education and the whole world.”    — Feifei Wang, MNW Scholarship recipient

“The scholarship helped me feel I was recognized and included in the MNW community. From the training I gained not only the way to aid children's development but also learned how to be better myself. The 10 months training for me is a key to Montessori education and the whole world.”

— Feifei Wang, MNW Scholarship recipient

Montessori Northwest Second Career Fund
Provides tuition assistance to applicants who are making a major career change. Priority considerations given to:

  • Those who have not previously been working in education

  • Those who demonstrate financial need

 

Montessori Northwest Scholarship Application Information

2019 Deadline is March 1.  Applications reviewed in the order received. The committee will notify all scholarship applicants in early April about awards. 

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Montessori Northwest Application Form - click here to download

  • Cover Letter - please describe your employment history and how you fit the criteria of the scholarship fund

  • 2016 & 2017 Federal Tax returns - used to determine financial need

If you have any questions about Montessori Northwest scholarships, please contact us at: info@montessori-nw.org or call 503-963-8992.

Montessori Northwest Scholarships are made possible through contributions from alumni, the Montessori community, and other valued supporters.

Other scholarship opportunities

Veterans Education Benefits 
MNW is proud to have the opportunity to help Veterans utilize their VA Educational Benefits. For more information please contact our Admissions Department at: info@montessori-nw.org

 

Margaret E. Stephenson Scholarship (MES)
Eligible applicants must be US Citizens or residents, demonstrate financial need and already be accepted in an AMI training course. Administered through AMI. Awards range from $500 - $5,000. In 2017, $56,000 was dispersed among 18 students. 

  "The MES award was an incredible benefit to my AMI Montessori primary training experience. As a young professional with undergraduate student loans, it was a difficult decision to leave a steady income to follow my passion of becoming a Montessori educator. The MES award greatly lessened the burden of being without a secure income for 9 months. Thank you so very much!"   — 2015 graduate of Montessori Northwest and recipient of the Margaret E. Stephenson Scholarship

"The MES award was an incredible benefit to my AMI Montessori primary training experience. As a young professional with undergraduate student loans, it was a difficult decision to leave a steady income to follow my passion of becoming a Montessori educator. The MES award greatly lessened the burden of being without a secure income for 9 months. Thank you so very much!"

— 2015 graduate of Montessori Northwest and recipient of the Margaret E. Stephenson Scholarship

MES Deadline: May 1st of each year for both summer and academic year courses. Check the AMI/USA website for the most up-to-date information. 

 

Pride Foundation
Pride Foundation’s scholarship program is committed to supporting LGBTQ and allied students that:

  • Show leadership potential either within the LGBTQ community and/or within their field of study

  • Lack a broader LGBTQ community support system

  • Face additional barriers to educational access, including students who are economically, racially, socially, geographically, or politically disenfranchised.

  • Demonstrate significant financial need

Applicants must be a resident of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington but may study elsewhere. Applicants are considered a resident of one of these states if they:

  • Currently live within that state and have done so for at least three months prior to the application deadline; or

  • Have lived within that state for at least one year at any time within the five years prior to the application deadline.

Scholarship applications are completed online through the Pride Foundation or the GSBA Scholarship Fund websites and
are due on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 4:00pm AKST | 5:00 pm PST | 6:00pm MST.

Check the Pride Foundation website for most up-to-date information.