The Evalyn and Stephen Milman Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship for Innovation in Teaching Program


The Evalyn and Stephen Milman Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships for Innovation in Teaching are intended to recognize educator candidates who have demonstrated excellent academic performance and strong dispositions for being outstanding educators, and/or have already demonstrated leadership skills in a discipline (e.g., Early Childhood Education, Counselor Education, or Science Education). Additionally, having unique talents in the arts that can seamlessly be aligned and integrated into disciplinary curricular experiences are helpful, but they are not mandatory for scholarship application.
Generous donor, Evalyn Milman, who with her husband has made these scholarships possible, had been a school teacher earlier in her life, and she has expertise in integrating art and music into classroom teaching on many subjects.

General (Eligibility)

  • The Scholarship provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate candidates in educator preparation programs to explore innovative ideas and strategies in learning how to effectively teach students in high needs schools through the integration of arts.
  • An applicant must be a student currently matriculated in one of the three departments in the School of Education: Counseling, Leadership, Literacy and Special Education (CLLSE); Early Childhood and Childhood Education (ECCE); and Middle and High School Education (MHSE). For students in the Department of MHSE, they can be undergraduate or graduate students in programs leading to initial NYS certification. For students in CLLSE and ECCE, they must be graduate students.

For more information about the award amount and length of the scholarship as well as specific requirements all recipients must complete, please see Award and Requirements by Department (PDF).

Application Process

  1. Complete the application by clicking on the link for your department below. 
  2. As part of the above application you will submit a short essay (see the details below).In order to get to know you better, please submit one short essay of no more than 500 words. You may also share any additional information about yourself that you believe would help the Milman Scholarship Committee in reviewing your application.
    • Describe how the Milman Scholarship would strengthen your teaching, counseling, or leadership role(s).
    • Describe how you would envision the benefits of integrating the arts into students’ learning or describe the project that you would pursue and how you would integrate the arts based on the requirements of your department as listed above.

  3. Submit letter(s) of recommendation. The letter of recommendation should come from a professor who teaches an education course at Lehman College.
    • CLLSE applicants must submit ONE letter of recommendation from a professor who teaches in their specific program. 
    • ECCE applicants must TWO letters of recommendations.
    • MHSE applicants must submit TWO letters of recommendation. One letter should be from a professor who teaches a content course and the other from a professor who teaches an education course.

Please have letters of recommendation sent to the committee member for your department. 

4. All applicants must have a completed FAFSA form on file with the Lehman College Financial Aid Office


Selection Criteria

The Milman Scholarship award recipient must be an individual who demonstrates all of the following qualities:

  • Excellent academic performance with a minimum 3.0 GPA and strong disposition for being an educator;
  • Potential as a future leader or demonstrated leadership capacity;
  • Sincere efforts and strong skills that will meet the needs of classrooms with diverse students;
  • A talent in and/or strong commitment to the visual and performing arts that s/he can integrate in teaching and learning; and,
  • A model of a LUTE educator as outlined in the Lehman Urban Transformative Education conceptual framework.

Note: For applicants from MHSE, they are required to demonstrate strong commitment to diversity and social justice in their respective disciplines.
Once we have received your application, essays and letters of recommendation, the SOE Scholarship Committee will review your application.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the committee member for your department.