Purpose of the Fund:
The purpose of The Mikkelson Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Fund is to encourage and reward excellence in the teaching of mathematics and science. We believe that an extremely important element for improving the level of science and mathematics competence is to generate, in students, the desire to learn and understand how things work. Increased interest in science can be encouraged by knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers who can make the subject matter relevant and understandable.
Our interest is in preparing students for success in fields that require a strong understanding of and competence in advanced mathematics and science. Our focus is to identify individuals who are deeply committed to teaching and provide them with opportunities to renew or advance their enthusiasm, skills, and knowledge.
The Fund provides scholarships for teachers to choose and attend programs which will improve their depth of knowledge of the subject(s) they teach and/or enhance their teaching skills and effectiveness. These programs generally occur in the summer, but requests from teachers who would like to attend programs that occur at other times of the year are also considered.
We provide funding for attendance at:
Funding for conferences is considered if the purpose for attending matches one or both of the above.
Scholarship funds are not intended for use toward courses that are part of a degree program or required to attain or maintain certification. Programs intended to increase a teacher's knowledge of a subject area must include significant math and/or science content which can be applied directly to classroom instruction.
We do NOT provide funds for:
Elementary, middle, and high school teachers who are currently employed full-time in a Colorado school are encouraged to apply.
Applications are accepted from individuals only. Each applicant must submit his or her own application. Applications requesting support for more than one person will not be considered.
Applicants who are related to or have a financial relationship with a fund donor, a selection committee member, or a board member or employee of The Denver Foundation are not eligible to apply for a scholarship.
Proposals are evaluated on their likelihood to support the Mikkelson Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Fund's goals and to provide the applicant with knowledge and skills which can be used to improve their teaching abilities. The main evaluation focus is on the possibility for improvement of a teacher's knowledge and/or hands-on learning experiences in science and mathematics. The applicant's experience level, plan for using what is learned in the classroom, and the quality of the program in which he or she would like to participate will also be considered.
Funding is awarded on a competitive basis. Your chance of receiving funding will depend on the quality of your application and the number of teachers who apply for funding. Approved proposals may be funded in full or partially funded. Please note that funding requests for programs that have a vacation-type element generally are not funded in full. Previous recipients are welcome to apply for a new grant, but preference will be given to strong applicants who have not preciously received a grant.
|Deadline for early decision applications||1/22/2014|
|Early decision notification
|Final Deadline for 2014 applications||3/26/2014|
Applications must be received at the offices of The Denver Foundation by 5:00 PM on the due date. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications received by the early deadline for programs that occur later in the year may be deferred to the second deadline.
All applicants will be notified of the committee's decision via email.
Submit the information listed below via mail, fax, or email. So that the selection committee can easily compare applications, please number each item and present them in the order listed below. We ask for home instead of work information so that we can contact recipients during the summer as well as the school year. If mailing your application, do not use staples or any binders other than paper clips.
Part A. Applicant Information
Part B. Funding Request
Send applications via mail, email, or fax to:
The Mikkelson Mathematics and Science
The Denver Foundation
Attention: Karen Bellina
55 Madison Street, 8th Floor
Denver, Colorado 80206
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax Number: 303/996-7349
If you do not receive an email confirming that your application has been received, please call Karen Bellina at 303-996-7348.
If you have questions about the Mikkelson Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Fund, please contact Karen Bellina with The Denver Foundation at 303-996-7348 or email@example.com
Questions related to other Mikkelson programs should be referred to firstname.lastname@example.org