Broaden your skills and knowledge of trends with strategies and technologies that you can immediately apply in your professional environment. Earning a certificate can help advance your career or solidify your current position and enhance your effectiveness as a professional as you teach, train, develop programs, and/or lead services in K–12, early childhood, adult learning, higher education, special education, or corporate settings.

The Educational Development Scholarships awards up to ten $4,000 scholarships to newly enrolled students who are interested in exploring professional development and leadership opportunities in order to make a difference in the lives of others.* This scholarship reflects the college’s dedication to lifelong learning and supports the many professionals who stand out because of their superior contributions to their students, colleagues, companies, schools, and communities.

Eligible Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership certificate programs include:

Graduate Certificates

Post-Doctoral Certificate

Post-Master’s Certificates

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

*Only one tuition-reduction benefit may be applied to tuition.

Scholarship Eligibility

Recipients of the Educational Development Scholarship must:

  • Not be currently enrolled in a Walden University program.
  • Have not received another merit-based Walden scholarship.
  • Not be employed by Laureate Education, Inc., or any of its subsidiaries.
  • Meet all admission requirements with the university in receipt of all of the applicant’s official documentation and be fully admitted into one of the Riley College of Education and Leadership’s aforementioned programs.

Scholarship Criteria and Application Process

Applicants must:

  • Call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 to receive an official scholarship nomination form.
  • Submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words describing:
    • A specific current challenge in your professional or personal life that you would like to overcome.
    • How continuing your education would help you overcome this challenge. 
    • How this would create a positive impact for those around you (students, co-workers, community, etc.).
  • Submit a formal letter of recommendation from a supervisor, HR manager or education official (on letterhead) describing how the applicant has demonstrated excellence in their current field.
  • Submit a current copy of your resume or CV.
  • Email the completed nomination form, essay, resume, and letter of recommendation all together to

All required information must be provided in order for a nomination to be considered. Applicants may be contacted by phone to confirm the authenticity of information submitted.

Deadlines and Start Dates:

This scholarship will have two application deadlines of March 17, 2014, and July 15, 2014.

  • Scholarship winners must enroll and start classes within two start dates of being awarded the scholarship or scholarship will be forfeited.

Scholarship Selection Process

A scholarship committee comprising members of the Riley College of Education and Leadership will review the nominations and select the finalists.

Scholarship Announcements and Publicity

Individuals who receive a scholarship must affirm that they are willing and able to participate in all publicity efforts promoting the program. Such publicity may include news releases and media advisories, local and national media coverage, media interviews and photos, and other similar public relations activities.

Individuals who participate must sign a release that allows Walden University to use the individual’s participation in the program for publicity purposes without limitation and states that all such materials remain the sole and exclusive property of Walden University.

Scholarship Funding

Scholarship funds will be disbursed beginning in the student’s first term after being awarded the scholarship and remaining funds will be applied toward the following term(s) until all funds have been used. For funds to be disbursed, the student’s records with the Office of Admissions must be complete, including the student’s official transcript. At any given time, if a scholarship disbursement exceeds the cost of tuition, funds will be disbursed in the amount of the tuition cost. Students will not receive cash if the award amount exceeds their cost of tuition.

Students who withdraw from the program or university or change to another degree program not eligible for this scholarship will forfeit the scholarship. Should the scholarship be forfeited, students need not reimburse Walden for funds already disbursed to them. In order for scholarship funding to continue throughout the length of the program, recipients must meet the satisfactory academic progress criteria set forth by Walden University’s current catalog for the duration of their program. If a student is in a new semester and forfeited in the previous semester (due to internal lag time), the student will receive a revised bill for the prior semester, in which the scholarship was received.

The cost of books and course materials is included in the tuition for some of Walden’s programs and specializations. However, scholarship recipients enrolling in Walden’s PhD in Education program or Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Technology program are responsible for the cost of books and materials. Scholarship recipients enrolling in either the PhD in Education program or the Doctor of Education (EdD) program are also responsible for all associated residency costs. All recipients who enroll in a Walden program are responsible for the technology fee each term as well. Recipients are responsible for all other non-tuition costs including but not limited to residency travel and other university or program fees as applicable.

Students may not combine this offer with any grant, scholarship, partner tuition discount, or tuition reduction that is associated with a specific start date.

This scholarship is not managed by Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Please call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 for more information.