10,000 Degrees Scholarships for Teachers


The 10,000 Degrees Scholarships for Teachers Application supports students enrolling in a teaching credential program and/or an early childhood degree program with the intent to pursue a career with children zero to five-year old (prior to kindergarten).  Scholarships generously supported by Marin Retired Teachers Scholarship Fund and Building Better Teacher Scholarship Fund.

The Marin Retired Teacher’s Association Scholarship Fund was established by several Marin County retired teachers to assist Marin County residents who are pursuing post-secondary education.  A committee representing these teachers wished to provide scholarships benefiting Marin County High School graduates who are pursuing their Fifth Year Teaching Credentials (or Masters in Education).

  • Graduate from a Marin county high school
  • Pursuing their Fifth Year Teaching Credentials (or Masters in Education)
  • Minimum college GPA of 2.0

The Building Better Teachers Scholarship was established to help improve teaching and leadership in ECE (early care and education) programs that serve children during the years prior to entering kindergarten (birth to five years).  This scholarship supports ECE teachers as they continue their college coursework in early development and education to earn a BA degree and beyond.

  • Must have lived in the Bay Area for at least one year.
  • Enrolled in an early childhood degree program intending to pursue a career with children zero to five-years old (prior to kindergarten). Students may be attending a Bachelors degree program or Masters degree program or community college courses related to early childhood education with plans to transfer to a four-year college to complete a bachelors degree.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA while attending college.
  • Students who are low to moderate income are encouraged to apply.

If eligible, you are required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before applying for the Building Better Teachers Scholarship scholarships.  The FAFSA is found at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  You will need the information provided by the FAFSA on this application.

If you are not eligible to file the FAFSA, you must fill out the California Dream Act Application if eligible.  The California Dream Act Application is available online at www.caldreamact.org 

In addition, please have your and your parents financial information ready (2016 or 2015 tax return, W-2s, etc.).

Please contact 10,000 Degrees with any questions.  All applications must be received by June 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm.  No late submissions will be considered for funding.  This includes all supplementary information that is requested.  It is your responsibility to respond to all requests for information in a timely manner.

Please click the link below to apply online:

10,000 Degrees Scholarships for Teachers