Cochran Education Major Scholarship

Former Missouri NEA Executive Director Peggy Cochran and late husband Paul were both teachers. Both come from families of teachers. Two of their children are teachers in the St. Louis area. They believe that teaching is the most rewarding career anyone can choose. 

To encourage people to become teachers, they created a $500 scholarship in support of one of these individuals each year. Applicants must currently be in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year at a Missouri college or university. 

Eligibility:  Applicants must be a member of Missouri NEA Aspiring Educators currently enrolled in a Missouri teacher education program and pursuing a career in teaching. Funds are for undergraduate work.

Application Deadline: Jan. 31 (postmarked by Jan. 24)

Questions? Contact: Laurie Bernskoetter, Missouri NEA (573) 644-9623 or e-mail

Scholarship Application