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A.J. Nofsinger Student Support Fund

“From a very early age I was instilled with an interest in learning. My favorite questions were ‘why?’ and ‘why not?’ As a military dependent, I was moved from one side of the U.S. to the other and was thus exposed to a variety of people, places, and things. One of the constants in my early life was school, and I loved going! If I wasn’t at school, I was ‘playing school,’ and of course I was the teacher. It was a pretty easy decision to major in education when the time came. Teaching was a great joy in my life, and the 30+ years I spent doing so were always rewarding. Nothing can compare to knowing you have made an impact on a child’s life.” ~ A.J. Nofsinger

The A.J. Nofsinger Student Support Fund was established in 2017 to provide support for students in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice who are preparing to be teachers in elementary or middle schools. Support shall include, but not be limited to awards, travel, certification fees, and other expenses for students. The minimum award amount is $500.

At a Glance

  • Application opens: November 1st each year
  • Application closes: January 1st each year (no exceptions)
  • Eligible students: Undergraduate juniors/seniors and M.A.T. students
  • Financial aid type: Support fund
  • Contact: Elizabeth Saylor


  • Awarded to undergraduate juniors/seniors and M.A.T. students preparing to be teachers in elementary or middle grades education (for initial certification)
  • Demonstrated financial need with a current FASFA on file in OSFA

How to Apply

  • Completed application form, including signature and recommendations
  • Personal statement (300-500 words about yourself, your academic/professional achievements, reasons for applying, and career plans)
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty or instructor(s)

Applicants will be notified of committee decisions via email by June. Awarded scholarship funds are distributed to student accounts at the beginning of Fall semester.

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