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The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards

Awards to USA Teachers and Professors for
Notable Contributions to the Lives of Students

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Foundation / Corporation

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - The Kennedy Center

Deadline Date:

01/31/19 11:59 PM EST Online Submission, or Postmarked by Date


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Awards of $10,000 to USA teachers and professors who have made a significant positive impact on the lives of their students. Nominations are invited from the general public on behalf of K-12 teachers and college professors who have inspired them and helped them grow to become who they are today.

About the Award:

Teachers: In many people's lives there is at least one teacher who inspired them, and helped them become who they are today. In our early years, when we are still being formed, they often see in us more than we see in ourselves, more than our families see and, as a result, help us to evolve into who we ultimately become. These inspirational people are not often recognized for the life changing role they have played. These are the teachers who define us, teachers who widen our horizons and encourage us to explore. These teachers are touchstones to paths of achieving more than we might have otherwise accomplished, in directions we might not have gone. To celebrate the significant role of teachers in society, The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards will spotlight some of the country’s most inspirational teachers and recognize them for their contributions.

The Award: Each year, The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards will solicit nominations from the general public and notable public figures, providing the opportunity to submit stories about teachers and professors who made a significant difference in their lives.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177611

Number of Grants:

The number of Awards given each year will be determined by the number of eligible, quality applications received.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Award recipients will receive a certificate of appreciation along with a check for $10,000. They will also be featured on the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards website.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For The Students (Nominators):
-Nominators must be at least 18 years of age.
-Nominators must have been the Nominee’s student; no nominations by peers, parents of students, etc. will be accepted.
-Nominators must no longer be enrolled in the school where the Nominee was their teacher.

For The Teachers (Nominees):
-Nominees must be legal residents of the United States. Nominees for posthumous awards must have been legal residents of the United States.
-Nominees must teach or have taught in a K-12 school, or college, or university in the United States.
-Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas are eligible.

Additional Requirements For Posthumous Awards:
-Nominators must designate a 501(c)3 organization or fund within a K-12 school, school system, college, or university in the United States to receive the $10,000 award in the deceased teacher's name.

Pre-Application Information:

All required materials must be submitted online or postmarked by the deadline, Thursday, January 31, 2019.

The recipients of the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards will be announced on March 22nd, Stephen Sondheim’s birthday.


Official Rules:

Contact Information:

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

Submit a nomination online:

Nominations may be mailed to:
The Kennedy Center Education Department
ATTN: Sondheim Teacher Awards

For FedEx/DHL/UPS/Courier:
2700 F St., NW
Washington, DC 20566

For Regular U.S. or International Mail:
P.O. Box 101510
Arlington, VA 22210

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming