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Supporting Our Schools Scholarship

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Founded by education and social reformer Horace Mann in 1839, Westfield State University has a long and rich history in educating teachers and school personnel. With this dedication and consistency in our background, the College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE) established the Supporting Our Schools Scholarship (S.O.S.). This scholarship recognizes and rewards the accomplishments of those individuals pursuing a career as school personnel, specifically those intending to become teachers and guidance counselors.


Eligible applicants are those applying for admission to the Westfield State University programs listed below:

  • Master of Education with licensure
  • Master of Arts in Psychology, School Counseling concentration
  • Master of Arts in English with licensure

In order to be considered for the scholarship, an applicant must be a new student entering one of the eligible programs and submit a complete scholarship application by the respective deadline. A complete scholarship application will consist of a completed online application, complete admissions file, and three completed short essay answers. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Students may apply to the scholarship without having been accepted into the respective graduate program(s); however, to receive the scholarship, students must be accepted, enroll, and attend one of the qualifying Westfield State University programs.

The S.O.S. scholarship can only be used towards tuition and fees. Students must remain in their academic program and in good academic standing to remain eligible for the scholarship. Recipients must also remain enrolled in, and complete, 3 or more credits during the fall and spring semesters and cannot have their tuition and fees waived by another source (assistantship, employer, etc.). Scholarship awards may be adjusted based on upon credits enrolled in each semester. No refunds will be given on S.O.S. scholarship monies.

Deadline and Decision Process

The deadline to submit completed scholarship application materials for Fall 2021 is July 1, 2021.

Once the scholarship application deadline has closed, the S.O.S. Scholarship Committee will review the scholarship applications, select and notify the individual scholarship recipients. Scholarships will be awarded up to $2,000.

Instructions to Apply

Complete the online application and attach your answers to the following three short essay questions and prompts.

  1. What do you believe is currently the most concerning issue in K-12 education? If you had unlimited resources available to you, how would you go about creating a solution to this issue?
  2. Tell us about a challenge you have faced (personally, professionally, or academically) and how you went about facing and/or overcoming that challenge.
  3. Think of an educator who has impacted your life, either positively or negatively. How did this person impact your life and what did it mean to you? What does it still mean to you?

Each answer should not exceed more than one page in length; the entire document should not exceed three pages in length. Answers should be saved as a .doc or .docx file and should be submitted in one single document. The title of the document should include the applicant’s last name and “Scholarship Answers” (for example, “Smith, Scholarship Answers”).

Terms and Conditions

All submitted scholarship applications and materials become the property of the CGCE and cannot be returned to applicants or submitted to other parties for further use.

By submitting an application and accepting the scholarship, the recipient agrees to have their photograph taken (at a scheduled appointment) and used for future marketing purposes (e.g. program inserts, semester catalogs, advertisements, etc.), as well as for a feature on the CGCE’s webpage, (

Apply for the SOS Scholarship today!

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