School of Education award recipients at the College of Education and Human Development 2016 Celebration of Excellence.

Below are opportunities for funding through university-wide financial aid opportunities. For more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Services at (302) 831-2126 or

  • The University of Delaware offers several funding and scholarship opportunities for both prospective and current undergraduate students.
  • The University of Delaware Alumni Association offers scholarships for outstanding students.

External Funding

Special Education

The deadline for the following applications is on April 1, 2017.

CEHD Scholarships and Awards

Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children (DAEYC) Student Leadership Award

A two year membership in a selected chapter of the Association for the Education of Young Children is awarded to the student who has shown leadership skills and contributed to the advancement of the goals of DAEYC.

Susan McLaughlin Scholarship 

The Susan McLaughlin Scholarship is awarded annually to a student in CEHD who demonstrated outstanding character, motivation, discipline, and promise in the pursuit of their undergraduate degree. Past recipients continue to be eligible. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA are considered.

Wallace H. Maw Scholarship

Awarded ($1,000) to an undergraduate student majoring in either the Department of Human Development and Family Studies or School of Education. Criteria:  Based on Academic merit and financial need.

Irma Ayers Scholar Award

The Irma Ayers Scholar Award is an intercollege monetary award to a sophomore (28-59 credits) in the department with the highest cumulative index for the first three semesters of enrollment at the University with a minimum of 9 credit hours in the College.

Delaware Association of School Administrators Award (DASA)

An award presented by the Delaware Association of School Administrators to a graduating senior in education who has demonstrated outstanding qualities of scholarship, leadership and character and gives promise of making a meaningful contribution to the teaching profession.

Phi Delta Kappa Award

An award presented by the Delaware Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa to an undergraduate teacher education student who shows evidence and promise of excellence in educational research.

AAUP Undergraduate Student Award

Each year, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) presents two undergraduate student awards to outstanding seniors who plan to attend graduate school in preparation for an academic career in university or college teaching or research. Each award is $2,000 and is to be used to defer expenses related to graduate school.

Criteria: be in senior year, demonstrate outstanding academic work, exhibit a high level of involvement in campus life, have a commitment to a career in teaching and research in higher education, and have applied to graduate school.

All students eligible for this award will be contacted by the AAUP office. Application are sought in January.

CEHD Funded Research Programs

In addition to awards and honors, there are opportunities for undergraduate students to apply for additional funding to engage in research and projects of their own design.

Dean’s Scholar Program
The Dean’s Scholar Program exists to serve the needs of these extraordinary students by allowing them to design, in consultation with faculty advisors, imaginative and rigorous individual plans of study to meet the total credit hours required for graduation. It is expected that the course of study outlined by the Dean’s Scholar candidate will represent a program that cannot be effectively achieved using other options already available within the University. For more information visit the Dean’s Scholar website.

CEHD Summer Scholars
The Summer Scholars Program enables selected undergraduates, generally sophomores and juniors, to conduct in-depth research or creative work with University faculty. Students in the Summer Scholars Program work on their projects full-time for ten weeks in the summer and continue to complete three credits’ worth of research in the following academic year. Research and creative work is generally completed under the close supervision of a faculty member. The research done during the academic year may be part of the senior thesis for the Degree with Distinction or Honors Degree with Distinction. Each Scholar will receive a stipend of $3,000 and a summer housing allowance of $500. For more information visit the Summer Scholars  website.

The David A. Plastino Scholars Program
The Plastino Scholars Program was established in 2007 by a gift from UD alumnus David A. Plastino. The Program awards study grants to selected undergraduate students at the University of Delaware who exhibit extraordinary talent, promise and imagination. The grants support self-designed, off-campus learning experiences that make a transformational difference in the lives of Plastino Scholars and enable them to pursue a passionate interest to a degree not otherwise possible. Normally, four Plastino Scholars will be awarded each year. The amount of each award will depend on the nature of the experience proposed. Except in unusual circumstances, the maximum individual award will be $6,000. For more information visit the Plastino Scholars website.

Visit the CEHD financial aid page to learn more about available opportunities.