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Monsanto Fund Rural Teacher of the Year Award

Award to a USA Teacher for Contributions
to Education in Rural Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Rural Education Association (NREA)

Deadline Date:

06/20/18 Postmarked or Delivered


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Award to a USA teacher to recognize outstanding contributions to enhance the quality of education in rural communities. The winning teacher will receive a cash honorarium. In addition, their school district will receive a cash grant to purchase school supplies and instructional materials.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156193

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The award recipient will receive a $2,000 honorarium and a one year NREA membership. The school district will receive $1,000 to cover the cost of released time and add to the instructional environment of the teacher's classroom. The recipient's travel, lodging, and registration costs of attending the Annual NREA Convention will be paid by the NREA.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The competition for the Monsanto Fund Rural Teacher of the Year is open to all rural teachers.

Pre-Application Information:

Five letters of recommendation are required and only five will be accepted in addition to the nominator's letter of recommendation. The five letters of recommendation should be written by a person in each of the following categories; Administrator, Teacher, Community Member, Parent, and Student. Each letter of recommendation is limited to a maximum of one page.

Candidates for the award who are nominated by a NREA State Affiliate Organization shall automatically be the candidate from their home state. In the absence of a NREA State Affiliate candidate, any teacher from that state may be a candidate and shall be considered a state semi-finalist. The Monsanto Fund Rural Teacher of the Year Selection Committee will select a state candidate from the semi-finalists. Only state candidates will be considered for the Monsanto Fund NREA Rural Teacher of the Year Award.

All entries must be postmarked or delivered to the NREA Office by June 20th of each year.

Presentation of the award will be made at the Annual NREA Convention. The Monsanto Fund Rural Teacher of the Year will make an acceptance speech and should be prepared to present a one hour breakout session on an appropriate topic related to teaching in the setting.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Allen Pratt, Ed.D., Executive Director
Office: (423) 425-4539
Cell: (423) 667-2165

National Rural Education Association
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Ave.
Hunter Hall 212
Chattanooga, TN 37421

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