The purpose of The Mikkelson Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Fund is to encourage and support excellence in the teaching of mathematics and science. 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 mathematics and science can be encouraged by knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers who can make the subject matter relevant and understandable.
The Mikkelson Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Fund's interest is in preparing students for success in fields that require a strong understanding of and competence in advanced mathematics and science. The fund’s 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 Mikkelson Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship 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. 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. These programs generally occur during the summer, but requests from teachers who would like to attend programs that occur at other times of the year are also considered.
We expect to provide funding for:
-Strong, experienced teachers who need or want a deeper technical background in a subjects they teach who want to attend courses, seminars, and workshops which will enhance a teacher’s knowledge of scientific and/or mathematical subject areas.
-Individuals who have a strong background in math or science but have limited teaching experience (e.g. an alternative licensing program) who want additional expertise related to how to better engage students who want to attend courses, seminars, and workshops which will improve their ability to teach science and/or mathematics.
Scholarship funds are not intended for use toward courses that are part of a degree program or required to attain or maintain certification.
We do not provide funds for:
•Advanced degrees, CEUs, or graduate credit fees
•Programs that focus on curriculum development
•Programs that focus on teaching computer skills
•Expenses related to attending programs with students in which the focus is on student learning
The Mikkelson Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Fund
is administered by The Denver Foundation.
Application information is available at https://denverfoundation.academicworks.com/opportunities/187
The deadline for early decision applications is January 20, 2016
The final deadline for 2016 applications is March 23, 2016