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Awards

These awards are given by the Elementary Education and Reading Department and are primarily for childhood (CED), early childhood (ECE), and combined (ECC) majors. Some awards are available to MIITC students.

While most awards are for student teachers, there are some that are given before or after student teaching. 

Any questions about these awards and/or the application process and deadlines can be emailed to Dr. Jevon Hunter, assistant professor, Elementary Education and Reading, hunterjd@buffalostate.edu

Candidates should include a Degree Navigator audit with their application. 

Beyond the awards listed below, students should also review the following websites for additional scholarship and awards opportunities specifically for education majors, and also other scholarships which may be applicable to their specific circumstance:

Please contact the Earth Sciences and Science Education Department for information about the Swartney-Harrison "Passion for Teaching Science Award."

Exemplary Performance in an Urban/High Needs School

This award is for a student teacher who shows the special skills and disposition needed to be a successful teacher in an Urban or High Need School. Candidate should apply during the semester in which they are student teaching.  This award is given in the fall.

Application deadline is Nov. 1.

Click here for the application.

Outstanding Undergraduate in Elementary Education

This award is one of the most prestigious awards given by the department.  Candidates are required to write an essay and possibly complete an interview. Candidates must have a grade point average of 3.75 or better and outstanding recommendations.  This award is given in the spring, but student teachers from the fall semester may also be nominated. 

Application deadline is April 1.

Click here for the application.

The Shirley Spriegel Award

Shirley Spreigel was a long time supervisor of student teachers at Buffalo State. This award is given to a masters level student who is earning initial certification in elementary education. 

Only MIITC students are eligible and should apply during the semester in which they are student teaching.

Fall awards have a deadline of Nov. 1, spring awards have a deadline of April 1.

Click here for the application.

Alice Stielow Wehrung Schmidt Endowed Scholarship in Elementary Education

Ms. Schmidt, a graduate of Buffalo State, had a distinguished career in education. This award is for a student who majors in elementary education, shows financial need, and has a minimum GPA of 3.0. 

The scholarship is intended to help with expenses while student teaching, therefore application should occur the semester before student teaching or early in the student teaching semester.

Click here for the application.

Circle of Excellence

Childhood, early childhood and combined majors who are in their last semester are eligible for this award if they have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or better, and receive a recommendation from a faculty member. 

Candidates should apply in their last semester and must be student teaching at the time of application.

Click here for the application.

The Norma Sutter Award - Multiple Awards

The Norma Sutter Award is given to a teacher candidate who has shown exceptional talent in student teaching. Throughout her 36 years in education, Mrs. Sutter found that successful delivery of education to young children is a unique talent. Mrs. Sutter wanted to recognize teacher candidates with this unique talent.

This award has both a spring and a fall recipient. Candidates should apply during the semester in which they are student teaching.

Click here for the application.

The Helfrich-Moehlau Award - Multiple Awards

This award is presented to a teacher candidate who demonstrates exceptional abilities while student teaching. Candidates will need to write an essay and possibly have an interview with Mrs. Helfrich and Mrs. Moehlau, the founders of this award.

This award has both a fall and a spring recipient. Candidates should apply during the semester in which they are student teaching.

Click here for the application.

Sharon Wrzosek ’82, ’89 Memorial Award for Excellence in Student Teaching

This award is for a student in the Elementary Education and Reading Department who has completed their student teaching. The award is to recognize a student teacher who, as a student teacher, focused on the development of the whole child, and who provided leadership and mentoring to fellow Buffalo State students.

Click here for the application.

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