On the heels of our 2018 summer, we asked ourselves, “How can we further invest in aspiring educators?” We offer job opportunities, training and community but felt we could (and should!) do even more. Thus, the Spark Innovation Scholarship by Galileo was born.

Spark’s first season brought in applications from 127 students at more than 40 colleges and universities across the country. We awarded $1000 scholarships to three outstanding applicants pursuing bachelor’s degrees who believe that—in order for students to have a competitive advantage and add true value to the global community of the future—innovation must be at the forefront of education.

“Writing the essay for the Galileo Spark Scholarship has made me more aware of the kind of educator I want to be. Because of this scholarship, I was able to take more education classes, outside of my biological science major, on how to become an educator that empowers all students to accomplish their goals in making our world a better place. The classes I took—on educating children with disabilities or the material culture in which children learn—would not have been possible without this scholarship,” says Thanh-Nguyen Nguyen, a 2018 Spark Scholarship recipient.

We’re thrilled to announce that the Spark Innovation Scholarship is returning for a second year, and we’d love to invite undergraduate students of all majors to apply. Read on for more details, and good luck!


Ready to apply? Find the full application here.


Instructions: the application will ask you for basic contact and academic information, and there will also be a brief essay (500 – 700 words) on the following prompt: Please explain how you plan to empower kids to be innovators and how your current experience impacts or supports your future goals.




  • We will grant three $1,000 scholarships for this year
  • Application window is October 7th through 11:59pm PST on November 24, 2019
  • All applicants (including scholarship recipients) will be notified by December 20, 2019

Application Tips:

  • Current and former Galileans: please incorporate the The Galileo Innovation Approach in your essay.
  • All applicants: please do not include your name or your college/university name in your essay as we utilize a blind review process.
  • You will not be able to save and return to your application later, so please set aside enough time to fill out the application and write the essay all in one sitting. We also recommend first composing the essay in a separate document and pasting it into the form afterward.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants may or may not have worked with Galileo in the past, and must:

  • Be an aspiring educator* currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree of any major at a 2 or 4 year college
  • Intend to pursue a career in Pre-K – 12 education** in California or Illinois, on a part-time or full-time basis.
  • If there are others in your network who might be interested in this opportunity, we encourage you to share it out!

For any questions, please email scholarships@galileo-learning.com.


*2018 applicants may apply again with new application materials
**We define work in Pre-K – 12 education as including, but not limited to, classroom teaching, Edtech, after school education, mentoring/tutoring, counseling, student support, child development, or related fields that support or enable the mission of education.