NEA Excellence in Public School Education Full-Tuition Scholarships

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NEA members are eligible to apply for Walden’s NEA Excellence in Public School Education Full-Tuition Scholarship program. Walden’s NEA Excellence in Public School Education Full-Tuition Scholarship Program awards seven full-tuition scholarships* to NEA members who have made a positive impact on public education as leaders within their school or community.
Scholarship Eligibility

*Only one scholarship or grant benefit may be applied to tuition.

Eligible Programs

M.S. in Early Childhood Studies 

  • Administration, Management, and Leadership
  • Early Childhood Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Teaching Adults in the Early Childhood Field
  • Teaching and Diversity in Early Childhood Education

M.S. in Education

  • Adolescent Literacy and Technology (Grades 6–12)
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades K–12)
  • Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation)
  • Elementary Reading and Literacy (Grades PreK–6)
  • Elementary Reading and Mathematics (Grades K–6)
  • Integrating Technology in the Classroom (Grades K–12)
  • Literacy and Learning in the Content Areas (Grades 6–12)
  • Mathematics (Grades K–6)
  • Mathematics (Grades 5–8)
  • Middle Level Education (Grades 5–8)
  • Professional Development (Grades PreK–12)
  • Science (Grades K–8)
  • Special Education (Non-Licensure) (Grades K–12)
  • Teacher Leadership (Grades K–12)
  • Teaching English Language Learners (Grades K–12)

M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology 

  • General Program
  • Online Learning
  • Training and Performance Improvement

Scholarship Eligibility

Recipients of this scholarship must:

  • Be a current NEA member.
  • 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 application form.
  • Submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words describing:
    • Your past or current NEA leadership positions held at the local, state, or national level.
    • Your key activities and outcomes associated with the position.
    • The impact your association leadership activities have had on public education.
    • The actions you have taken to improve student success and/or outcomes at your school.
    • The link between your goals and activities and your program of study (for example: How will your Walden degree help you achieve your goals to improve public education?)
  • Submit one letter of recommendation that specifically addresses your NEA local, state, or national association leadership; employment at a School Improvement Grant (SIG)-funded school; or contribution toward achieving excellence in public school education.
  • Submit a current copy of their 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.

Deadline and Start Dates

  • The scholarship will have two application deadlines of March 18, 2013, and July 15, 2013.
  • Scholarship winners must enroll and start classes within two start dates of being awarded the scholarship or scholarship will be forfeited. Start dates are as follows:

Program  Start dates for March 18 application deadline   Start dates for July 15 application deadline
M.S. in Early Childhood Studies
M.S. in Education
M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology

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 are included in the tuition for some of Walden’s programs and specializations. 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 combine this scholarship with one of the tuition-reduction opportunities outlined on the Walden University website but may not combine this offer with any grant, scholarship, or tuition reduction that is associated with a specific start date. 

If the student is eligible to receive both a scholarship and a tuition reduction (i.e., offer/discount), the bursar's office will apply the scholarship funds first to the student's account and then apply the tuition reduction to any remaining balance for that term. If no balance is due in that term, the scholarship will be applied and reflected in the student's next billing statement in the following term. 

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.