Scholarships

Scholarship awards are available to current School of Education teacher-candidates who meet the specific award criteria and are typically presented at the Honors Day Chapel during spring semester each year. 

The following awards are available through the Cedarville University School of Education:

J.D. "Jack" Willetts Alumni Scholarship Award

Established in 1978 by the Alumni Council and funded by alumni, this endowed scholarship was created to recognize the academic achievements of University students within each academic school or department. The School of Education award is named in memory of J.D. “Jack” Willetts, a former President of the Cedarville University Alumni Association and member of the class of 1958. The recipient is a freshman, sophomore, or junior student with a minimum GPA of 3.3 who is deemed most deserving of academic recognition. The recipient receives a plaque purchased by Alumni Relations and a monetary award placed on the student's account.

The Dr. and Mrs. Merlin Ager Award

Established in 1999 by the School of Education faculty, this endowed one-time scholarship was created to honor Dr. Merlin ’60 and Ruth (Himsel) Ager ’61 and to recognize outstanding full-time graduating education seniors who exemplify the values of the school, including academic excellence, youth involvement, and Christian ministry. Recipients must have participated in an effective ongoing ministry to young people while attending Cedarville University and have a minimum GPA of 3.3. Preference will be given to students who plan to teach overseas and those who have demonstrated financial need. Candidates should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) if interested in the scholarship. The School of Education faculty selects the recipients.

The Arline Littleton Autio Award

Established in 1987 by Clyde and Jean Autio, this endowed one-time scholarship was created in loving memory and gratitude for the life and educational ministry of Clyde’s mother, Arline Littleton Autio. Recipients are current last-semester graduating senior elementary education students who intend to pursue a career in public school education,  have been regularly engaged in ministry to young people during their time at Cedarville University, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need. Candidates should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) if interested in the scholarship. The School of Education Dean and faculty select the recipients.

The Irma M. Dodson Award

Established in 1982 by Irma M. Dodson in gratitude for the Lord’s provision of 50 years of ministry in the field of education, this endowed one-time scholarship was created to assist full-time graduating senior early childhood education and middle childhood education students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. Recipients must demonstrate consistent and outstanding ability in daily preparation and teach excellence during their classroom, field, and student teaching experiences. Recipients must also be involved in Christian service, dedicated to serving and honoring God, and have evidence of leadership qualities. The School of Education faculty selects the recipients.

The Erich W. Ebert Award

Established in 1987 by Clyde and Jean Autio, this endowed one-time scholarship was created in loving memory and gratitude for the life and educational ministry of Jean's father, Erich W. Ebert. Recipients must be graduating senior early childhood or secondary or early childhood education majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who intend to pursue a career in Christian school education and have demonstrated an effective regular ministry to young people while at Cedarville University. Preference will be given to secondary education students and students with demonstrated financial need. Candidates should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) if interested in the scholarship. The School of Education Dean and faculty select the recipients.

The Dr. Sharon Eimers Memorial Award

Established in 2000 by Dr. Leroy Eimers, this endowed one-time scholarship was created in loving memory of Dr. Sharon Eimers, who taught in the School of Education for 19 years, to recognize and assist an exceptional full-time junior or senior education major with a minimum 3.3 GPA. Recipients must demonstrate exceptional creativity, enthusiasm, and dedication to teaching. The School of Education faculty selects the recipients.