Andrea Temple Matray Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Fund will be used to provide undergraduate or graduate scholarship awards for students enrolled in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver.

Scholarship Criteria: Recipients shall be students in the Elementary Education or Special Education programs. Preference shall be given to “diverse” students. Diverse students include those students from geographic areas and socioeconomic backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in the field of Education, first generation college students, and students who have faced unusual adversity.

Fernie Baca Scholarship Fund

Amount depends on available funds. Awarded to one student each Fall semester. 

Scholarship Criteria: Eligible recipients are graduate and undergraduate students in the CU Denver School of Education & Human Development with an area of focus on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. Awardee must be a first generation student. Please submit a letter stating how you meet the criteria.

Phil Loney and Pat Wiser Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Criteria: Undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students preparing for a career in K-12 English Education (writing, literature, reading, language arts, and related fields). If there are insufficient numbers of highly-qualified English Education applicants, preference will be given to highly-qualified students preparing for a career in Elementary Education.

Applicants must submit a special essay that addresses their passion for teaching and their career goals. Preference will be given to students planning to serve under-served student populations, including either rural or urban communities. Awards are based on need and merit.

Sally Tague Memorial Scholarship Fund in Science and Mathematics

Award amount is dependent on available funds. Awards are for the full academic year and are made in the spring of the previous year.

Scholarship criteria: Must be an undergraduate or graduate student at SEHD. Candidates shall be at a minimum second year students who have a proven track record of working with children in the classroom and have an exceptional ability and interest in mathematics and the sciences. Candidates must have a documented financial need. Candidates must be students who will contribute to diversity in the school community through their backgrounds and experiences. Candidates should: value education and have a strong desire to learn and teach; relate well to diverse students; be passionate, positive, energetic, creative and enthusiastic. GPA must be 3.0 or higher. Candidates are required to provide a letter of reference that includes observations of teaching or interacting with children/youth. A resume is required. Award funds may be used for tuition and books.




Sally was born in Denver, CO and was known for her vibrant personality.  She was a lifelong outdoors enthusiast, scientist and gifted artist.  She was married to George Tague and they have 3 sons.  

Sally received her BA degree from Western State College in Gunnison in 1971, with a Major in Biology and Minors in Math and Art.  In addition, she earned a Colorado Type A teaching certificate.  Teaching jobs were scarce at that time, so she took a substitute job teaching science in middle/ high schools in Denver and Jefferson County for several years.  Sally earned her Masters’ Degree from CU Denver in 2001.

Sally was passionate about teaching, and she had a different idea of what effective instruction could be.  If students could actually experience science, she believed it would be more meaningful to them.  “Hands On Science” is exactly that, where students get to touch and feel experiments, ask questions and expand their curiosity.  It teaches children critical thinking skills, problem solving and enthusiasm about learning.   

In 1990 the AMOCO Foundation announced funding for Science programs in Elementary Education, and schools across the USA could apply for a grant.  Sally seized the moment!  The program included “Hands On Science” in the classrooms.  AMOCO provided some curriculum, funding for experiment materials and info for training the trainer, the classroom teacher and participating parent volunteers who were required for every session.  The model paired 5 students per parent volunteer who came to the school early to receive training on that day’s experiment.  These small groups of students facilitated greater learning opportunities for even reluctant learners.   The experiments involved everything from fossils, to frogs, magnets to levers to dissections and more.   Sallys’ enthusiasm and science curiosity as the Science teacher and “trainer” inspired her peers and students alike and the project was very well received.  The “Hands On Science” program which initially started in Park Hill and Philips Elementary schools in Denver grew and spread.  Via the involvement of Sallys’ three biological sisters, Hands On Science programs were experienced by students in Gallup NM, Lakewood and Boulder Colorado and eventually in Ethiopia Africa.

Sally continued this “Hands on Science” program in Denver Public Schools, (DPS), long after the AMOCO funding ended.    She added more curriculum and her vision subsequently became a new, unique-to-DPS, program called “Distance Learning”.   Sally led the lessons live over closed-circuit TV from the studio in DPS, and it was delivered remotely to schools.   Prior to each lesson, she delivered kits of experiment supplies and instructions to the elementary schools all over the district.  Parent volunteers helped in each school to carry out the actual experiments in small groups.  This program was also very successful. 

Sallys’ efforts were formally acknowledged.  In 1997 Sally received the National Science Foundation Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, representing the State of Colorado. 

In addition, the success of the “Hands on Science” experiment that Sally developed for Kindergarten and First graders, called “Getting Soaked”, earned her the honor of National Science Teacher of the Year in 2002.   She traveled to Washington D.C. to receive her award.

Following in her footsteps, one of her sons earned his degree in Environmental Science from CU Boulder, and her family encourages scholarship applicants to consider this direction or one in Science Education. 

The Sally Tague Memorial Scholarship is meant to encourage future inspirational educators.   Many thanks go to Sally’s good friend, and co-teacher in DPS Science department for creating and funding it. 

Best wishes to applicants of this scholarship, and to those professionals who assist them.

School of Education & Human Development Alumni Scholarship

Up to $1000 per student awarded to a minimum of one student per academic year

Scholarship criteria: You must already be accepted to a degree program within the School of Education & Human Development and have an undergraduate or Post-Baccalaureate GPA of 3.3 or better. Your essay demonstrates how the applicant has advocated for individuals from culturally diverse environments and/or disadvantaged conditions.

School of Education & Human Development Scholarship Fund

Award amounts vary depending on available funds. Awards will be made to a minimum of one student per academic year. This scholarship supports students in the School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. 

Scholarship Criteria: Please submit an essay describing your educational aspirations.

SEHD Dean's Colorado Merit Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria: Recipients must be undergraduate, resident, degree-seeking students (not second degree). Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in their University of Colorado career, and enrolled in 12 or more credit hours.

TEACH Colorado Scholarship

Amount: $1000

Eligible Candidates:
 Any future educator applying to a CO teaching program.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Sign up for a free TEACH Colorado account.
  2. Fill out a brief application form to be entered to win the scholarship by the summer deadline.

Thank-A-Teacher Project Fund

Up to $500.00 awarded to 2- 4 recipients in Fall and Spring

Scholarship Criteria: Eligible students shall be in the first semester of the teacher education program (graduate) or professional sequence (undergraduate) and enrolled for a minimum of 9 credit hours in teacher education coursework, including internships.

The Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program

The CU Denver Noyce Scholarship Program promotes secondary teaching as a career for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through a generous grant from the National Science Foundation, the Noyce Program aims to respond to the critical need for high quality mathematics and science teachers by providing scholarships, research and teaching experiences, and professional development for talented students.

$20,000 per student awarded to up to eight students per year.

To learn more about eligibility, requirements and to apply visit the website.


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