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Warner School Scholarships

The Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to eligible students.  These scholarships are made possible by federal grants and the generous support of donors, who are committed to the success of future educators.


Master's and Certificate Program Scholarships

Dean’s Scholarships
Generous scholarships are available to any well-qualified student applying to a Warner School master's or certifcate program. 

GRAE Scholarships
Greater Rochester Area Educator (GRAE) scholarships are designed for local educators, both new and experienced, who wish to pursue a master’s or non-degree certification program on a part-time basis, while remaining employed as a full-time educator. Part-tuition scholarships are available to exceptional area educators who have demonstrated a commitment to serving our community’s children and who show promise and capacity as a change agent and leader in schools.

Designated Leaders Scholarship
The Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester is making an extraordinary commitment to developing the next generation of school leaders. This commitment is based on a simple assumption—that the very best judges of leadership potential are our current leaders. As principals and superintendents, you already have an idea of which faculty members should be tapped to become future school leaders. We believe that our leaders have a responsibility to the profession to encourage those with the greatest potential for effective leadership, and as a school of education, we have the obligation to provide those individuals with the very best preparation program possible.

Rochester Urban Fellows Program/Rochester Youth Year Fellowship Scholarships
A total of 50 part-tuition scholarships, covering one-third of tuition costs, will be awarded to eligible participants applying for admission to the Warner School’s master’s  programs in teaching, educational policy, higher education, counseling, and human development. Students eligible for tuition assistance to the Warner School must earn admission to Warner and have successfully completed the Rochester Urban Fellows Program or the Rochester Youth Year Fellowship.


Teacher Education Scholarships

Dean’s Award for Teaching
Beginning in summer 2016, these new scholarships guarantee all new students starting master’s programs in teacher education leading to New York State teaching certification a minimum 50 percent tuition scholarship, provided they commit to teach in a U.S. school for a minimum of two years after graduation.

Robert Noyce Scholarships
Robert Noyce full-tuition scholarships are available to talented science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) undergraduate majors and STEM professionals, considering a career change to teaching, to become effective science and mathematics teachers serving high-need school districts. All Noyce Scholars participate in Warner’s high-quality, innovative teacher preparation programs leading to teaching certification in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science, and commit to teach in a high-need school for at least two years following graduation.

Fifth Year in Teaching Scholarships (UR undergraduates only)
The Fifth Year in Teaching scholarships are designed to address the needs of urban schools by encouraging qualified University of Rochester undergraduates to become skilled teachers in urban areas. Full-tuition scholarships are awarded to individuals who are able to increase the diversity of the urban teacher population or increase the number of certified teachers in specializations where there are the highest shortages in the Rochester area. Successful applicants are accepted into the Urban Teaching and Leadership (UTL) Program, where they will complete a master’s program in teaching and curriculum leading to NYS Initial and Professional Certification and commit to teach in an urban school for two full academic years following graduation and complete all UTL post-graduation coursework and requirements.

Assistantships for Master’s Students

Many Warner School master’s students receive assistantships in offices at the University of Rochester or other local colleges.  While these positions do not provide tuition assistance, they do provide stipends as well as valuable experience.  Examples of assistantship opportunities include, but are not limited to, positions in the Office of the Dean, Student Activities, Undergraduate Admissions and the International Student Office.  The Office of Residential Life offers Graduate Head Residentships paying full room, partial board, and a stipend in exchange for working with resident hall staff and students.  Lists of assistantships are created and circulated in the spring each year.

Doctoral Student Support

Many full-time doctoral students receive a combination of tuition remission and an assistantship in exchange for working for the Warner School in a number of capacities.  This support can either be partial (requiring five or ten hours of work per week) or full (requiring 15 hours of work per week).  Decisions about doctoral student support are made at the time of admission and will be included in the offer letter (although the specific assignment will not).
To recognize those applicants with exceptional academic credentials and talent in research, a University-wide competition is held each year for the prestigious Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull University Fellowships which are awarded to ten to twelve incoming doctoral students in disciplines throughout the University.

The Provost’ Fellowships are intended to attract to Rochester’s doctoral programs talented members of underrepresented groups who intend to pursue careers in university teaching and research. Students are not required to apply for these opportunities directly; they are selected during the admission process.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

If you are employed by a nonprofit or government and have student loan debt, you may be eligible for loan forgiveness, cancellation, and/or consolidation of Federal student loans under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program
For more information about scholarship opportunities at the Warner School, contact Admissions at (585) 275-3950 or admissions@warner.rochester.edu.