Teacher & Student Awards/Recognition

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Milken Educator Awards
Source: Milken Family Foundation
Application Deadline: Rolling: Candidates must be nominated by a panel appointed by their state's department of education.
Purpose: The award targets early-to-mid career education professionals for their already impressive achievements and for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future.
Award: $25,000

Farmers Insurance Thank America's Teachers
Source: Farmers Insurance
Application Cycles: Spring (Opens Jan.10:Application Deadline: February 27)
                                  Summer (Opens May 1: Application Deadline: May 30)
                                  Fall  (Opens Aug.1:Application Deadline: Sept. 27)
Purpose: To share a thank you with a special teacher who touched your life- and give them the chance to make their educational vision a reality for their classroom and community.
Award: $2,500

NEA Student Achievement Grants
Source: The NEA Foundation
Application Deadline: June 1, 2018, October 15, 2018, February 1
Purpose: To enable educators to take the lead on a wide range of projects to improve student learning.
Note: Currently giving preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects.
Award:  Two levels of funding available $2,000 and $5,000

Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grant
Source: Irene Elkowicz Eizen Fund and NCTM
Application Deadline: November 2, 2018
Purpose: to increase the breadth and depth of the mathematics content knowledge of one elementary school teacher who has a demonstrated commitment to mathematics teaching and learning.
Note: PreK- 5th grade: The applicant must have the support of the school principal in becoming a mathematics teacher-leader within her or his school or district. Only one teacher per school may receive the award.
Award: $6,000

DuPont Pioneer Excellence in Agriculture Science Education Award
DuPont Pioneer and National Science Teachers Association
Application Deadline: 
December 17, 2018
Purpose: To recognize excellence and innovation in the filed of agricultural science education.
Award: $2500 for classroom/program, up to $1000 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 and research facility. Awardees will be presented the award at the Teacher Awards Banquet at the National Conference.

Source: Ways to
Application Deadline:
Purpose: To engage, inspire and enable high school students to make a positive difference in the world. Grants for youth-initiated and youth-led ideas for either single events or ongoing programs addressing 16 of today’s most pressing issues, such as saving the environment, improving conditions in their communities, and helping people in need.
NOTE: Must be no older than 19 to apply for this grant.  Grant requests are reviewed and responded to on a monthly basis. 
Award: $500

Karma for Cara Foundation Micro-grants
Source: Karma for Cara Foundation
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Purpose: Grants in the form of store gift cards for youth to complete service projects in their communities, such as turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter, or whatever project applicants are passionate about.
Award: $250 to $1,000 in the form of gift cards to home goods stores, office supply stores, grocery food chains, and toy stores

Everyday Young Hero Award
Source: Youth Service America
Nomination Deadline: Ongoing (weekly)
Purpose: Each week, YSA highlights a young person (age 5 – 25) who has found their voice, taken action, and mobilized their peers to make an impact on a vital community issue. Projects may be developed in or outside of the classroom, in conjunction with an organization or religious institution, or be an initiative or organization started on his or her own or with their peers. 
Awards: Winners receive a congratulatory letter, certificate of recognition, and are highlighted in YSA's newsletter and on, via social media

President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)
Source: Corporation for National & Community Service (a Federal agency)
Purpose: Recognizes volunteers who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime. The awards are offered in multiple levels and are designed to recognize each milestone of service achievement. Awards are issued by approved Certifying Organizations:

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