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Kapteyn Prize

Awards to Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York High School
Teachers in Eligible Regions for Outstanding Service to Students

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation - James C. Kapteyn Endowment Fund

Deadline Date:

02/09/19 - Nomination deadline


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Awards totaling up to $10,000 to Massachusetts, Connecticut, or New York private and public high school teachers in eligible areas for excellence in teaching and for serving as a formal or informal mentor to students. Eligible regions include the Northwest corner of Litchfield County, Connecticut, northeast Dutchess and Columbia counties in New York, and southern Berkshire County and Franklin County, Massachusetts.

The candidate should meet the vision of the Fund and fulfill the following criteria:

- Exhibits exemplary character, integrity, honor, and leadership
- Stimulates and encourages early intellectual, athletic, artistic and/or other mature interests in their students
- Teaches the "whole child"

The overarching priority of the Kapteyn Prize is to recognize “whole child teachers” who serve in multiple capacities within a school community. The concept of a “whole child teacher” builds from the so-called “triple threat” faculty model of traditional boarding schools in which classroom teachers from across the disciplines also serve as, for example, coaches, dorm parents, advisors, tutors and administrators, including people who work with students in the visual and performing arts and other special study programs. “Whole child teachers” mentor their students in several different school contexts, formal and informal, thus engendering deep, trusting bonds that enhance their ability to reach and guide the young adults with whom they work.

Winners are expected to use the money to enrich themselves as individuals and thereby as teachers, to stimulate and nourish their own intellects and sensibilities through new experiences, for example, study or travel. By feeding their own souls, winners will bring fresh inspiration and insight to their students and colleagues.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177930

Estimated Size of Grant:

$10,000 in prize money will be awarded, but only if there is a qualified applicant or applicants. The successful candidate’s school will receive a $2,000 grant in the candidate’s honor.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Kapteyn Prize is awarded to candidates who are currently teaching grades 9 through 12, who have made a career commitment to high school teaching of at least seven years, and whose excellence in and passion for teaching and learning inspire their students to excel, in the model of the late James C. Kapteyn. Prize winners are individuals of exemplary character, integrity, and honor who lead by example and impart to their students a lifelong love of learning and dedication to personal growth.

A Kapteyn Prize candidate must be first and foremost a classroom teacher who specializes in a curricular discipline, including those in the visual and performing arts, and technology and agricultural arts. A candidate must also serve in other important roles guiding students in their larger school community, for example, coaching, club or class advising, or being a dormitory parent.

Nominations are accepted from schools whose nominated teachers have not received the Kapteyn Prize in the previous three years.

The award will be given to a teacher in the Northwest corner of Litchfield County, Connecticut, northeast Dutchess and Columbia counties in New York, and southern Berkshire County and Franklin County, Massachusetts.

Prizewinners are discouraged from contributing the money, or goods or services purchased with it, to a third party, as a charitable donation.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations are due February 9, 2019. Nominees must complete their applications by March 30, 2019.

Principals and Heads of School may nominate an outstanding educator who meets the vision of the fund.

Following nomination by a principal or head of school, applications will be invited from teachers in public or private schools in the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation region and Franklin County, Massachusetts.

Contact Information:

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

Contact to nominate an educator for the Kapteyn Prize.

For questions or more information, contact:

Maeve O'Dea, Program Director
413.229.0370 x 111

For questions about the application processes or how to claim your award:

Brandon Williams, Grants Coordinator
413.229.0370 x 115

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: Northwest corner of Litchfield County;   Massachusetts: Southern Berkshire and Franklin Counties;   New York: Northeast Dutchess and Columbia Counties