Awards and Scholarships

  • DuPont Pioneer Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Award
    Deadline: November 30th
    This award for K-12 teachers recognizes excellence and innovation in agricultural science education. The awardee will receive a $5,000 grant for their classroom/program, paid travel expenses to attend the NSTA national conference on science education, mentoring with a DuPont Pioneer scientist, classroom resources from DuPont Pioneer, and access to a DuPont Pioneer product plant or research facility.
  • Robert E. Yager Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award
    Deadline: November 30th
    The Robert E. Yager Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes six full-time K–12 teachers of science who successfully use innovation and excellence in their classroom. Awardees will receive $1,000 plus $1,000 toward expenses to attend the next NSTA National Congress on Science Education, which is held each summer. An identified Yager Scholar from the six awardees will be given additional support of up to $1,500 to present at a future NSTA National Conference on Science Education.
  • Summer Scholarship Opportunity through Wildlife Conservation Society’s Online Teacher Academy
    Exciting news for teachers enrolling in the Wildlife Conservation Society’s professional development courses! This summer, a new scholarship will allow teachers to take certain courses (Habitat Ecology for Educators, Nature's Thread: Weaving Environmental Education Into Your Curriculum, and Our Changing Planet: Climate Change and Wildlife Connections) for $50. Register now at http://pd.wcs.org!
  • ASCD's Outstanding Young Educator Award
    The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is seeking nominations for its award recognizing a full-time preK-12 teacher age 40 or younger who demonstrates excellence in his or her profession, a positive impact on students, creativity in the classroom, and leadership in his or her school or district. The winner receives a $10,000 check; honorees receive $500 checks. ASCD memberships and funds for travel to the association's conference are also part of the prizes. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2013. To learn more about the award or to nominate an educator please visit www.ascd.org/programs/Outstanding-Young-Educator-Award/Outstanding-Young-Educator-Award-Program.aspx.
  • ACS Teacher Awards
    The American Chemical Society will present the following awards:

    Award for the Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry
    Recognizes outstanding contributions to experimental research that have increased our understanding of chemical pedagogy and led to the improved teaching and learning of chemistry. ($5,000 award and a certificate)

    George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education
    Recognizes outstanding contributions to chemical education. ($5,000 award and a certificate).

    Award for Research at Undergraduate Institutions
    Recognizing the importance of research with undergraduates, the award honors chemistry faculty whose research in an undergraduate setting has achieved wide recognition and contributed significantly to chemistry and to the professional development of undergraduate students. ($5,000 award and a certificate)

    Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences
    Recognizes individuals who have significantly stimulated or fostered the interest of students, especially minority or economically disadvantaged students, in chemistry, thereby promoting their professional development as chemists or chemical engineers, and increasing their appreciation of chemistry as the central science. ($5,000 award, a certificate, and a grant of $10,000 to an academic institution designated by the recipient).

    James Bryant Conant Regional Award in High School Chemistry Teaching
    Recognizes outstanding teachers of high school chemistry in the United States ($5,000 award and a certificate).

  • Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program
    The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers Fulbright grants for U.S. primary and secondary classroom teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum specialists, curriculum heads, Talented and Gifted coordinators, Special Education coordinators and media specialists/librarians to participate in international exchanges for three to six months. By living and teaching or conducting research overseas, U.S. teachers gain new skills, learn new instruction and assessment methodologies, and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Teachers also have the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures and international education systems that will enrich their U.S. home schools and local communities with global perspectives. Participants must: (1) Be a U.S. citizen. (2) Be employed full-time at an accredited school in the United States or a U.S. territory (3) Hold a master’s degree. (4) Be in at least their fifth year of full-time teaching. (5) Demonstrate experience conducting professional development activities.(6) Have received teaching awards or exemplary evaluations from a school administrator.
  • James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching
    The award recognizes outstanding teachers of high school chemistry in the United States at the national level. The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate; the recipient will also receive reimbursement for up to $2,500 in travel expenses. Any individual, except a member of the award selection committee or currently enrolled student of the nominee, may submit one nomination or support form in any given year. The nominee must be actively engaged in the teaching of chemistry in a high school.
  • Forest Stewardship Program 
    The Michigan Forest Stewardship Program helps landowners develop a Forest Stewardship Plan to help them protect, manage, and enjoy their forest.  Public and private schools that own at least 10 acres of forest land are eligible for a partial cost share grant to lower their cost of developing a Forest Stewardship Plan (grants are $505 to $2,500 depending on school forest acreage).  The DNR will help schools find additional partners to provide matching funds.  See www.michigan.gov/foreststewardship for more information.  Contact Mike Smalligan at 517-284-5884 or smalliganm@michigan.gov to apply.
  • Apply for a $500 PITSCO Scholarship
    Eligible applicants are currently employed in the education field, with prior knowledge of Pitsco Education products preferred. Previous applicants are encouraged to reapply annually, as a new winner is awarded every quarter. Previous winners of the scholarship are not eligible to reapply. Quarterly, a selection committee will review all the submissions and choose a winner. The winner will be notified by email and/or phone, and a $500 digital certificate will be emailed. The winner will be announced at www.pitsco.com, in their monthly email newsletter (subscribe at www.pitsco.com), and on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. The deadline to apply for first quarter is February 28, 2014. For more information, and to apply, please visit: www.pitsco.com/Content/?art=7180
  • President's Prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Primary and Secondary Education
    The Entomological Society of America is presenting an award for outstanding educators that have gone beyond the traditional teaching methods by using insects as educational tools. One prize will be awarded to a primary teacher (grades K-6) and the other prize will be given to a secondary teacher (grades 7-12). For a list of the possible prizes and eligibility requirements, please visit www.entsoc.org/awards/professional/educational.
  • Supplement Your Stretched Budget
    The website GetEdFunding is sponsored by CDW-G and lists a host of more than 2,000 grants and other funding opportunities available from federal, state, regional, and community sources to be used by both private and public preK-12 educators, schools and districts, as well as higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations. The site is organized and searchable by specific criteria and curriculum, and users can create and save lists of their grants of most interest. Monitored and updated daily, GetEdFunding is a great resource for finding new funding opportunities. The website can be found at: www.getedfunding.com
  • The Robert H. Carleton Award
    The Robert H. Carleton Award is now available for application. It is sponsored by Dow Chemical Co. The award aims to honor a K-college NSTA member that has shown leadership and made contributions to science education at the national level and to NSTA. The prizes include $5,000, a formal citation, and an all-expenses paid trip to NSTA's National Conference.
  • Toshiba America Foundation Science and Math Improvement Grants
    The Toshiba America Foundation is seeking to improve the quality of U.S science and mathematics education by offering classroom teachers grant opportunities to design projects related to those areas. The Foundation offers $5,000 or more to grades 6-12 teachers and $1,000 to K-5 teachers. Check the web site for important dates and requirements!