Scholarships and Awards for Social Studies Teachers

On May 9th, the House voted to eliminate funding for the American Community Survey (ACS).  The ACS asks questions that the Census has used for centuries, and the data is used to help the government distribute more that $800 million in Federal assistance.  People may have different perspectives on the questions, but policy decisions are better if they are informed by data.


The House also voted to prohibit the National Science Foundation (NSF) from funding Political Science research.  This will not reduce government spending, but it makes funding decisions based on politics rather than merit.  The American Journal of Political Science published a free virtual issue that showcases articles that rely on NSF funded research.  Please send letters to your Senator today asking them to continue NSF funding for Political Science Research.


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Dear Affiliate Council Leaders:

Do you know of an excellent social studies educator or program that deserves recognition?


NCSS is accepting nominations and applications for the following 2012 awards and grants:

Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year
Co-Sponsored by Farmers Insurance

  • 3 awards- elementary, middle level and secondary
  • $2,500 cash prize
  • Up to $500 in 2012 NCSS Annual Conference travel expenses
  • 2012 Annual Conference presentation session
  • Complimentary 1 year NCSS membership

Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy
Co-Sponsored by Herff Jones|Nystrom
  • $2,500 Grant
  • 2013 NCSS Annual Conference project grant outcomes presentation session

Award for Global Understanding Given in Honor of James M. Becker

Co-Sponsored by Longview Foundation
  • $2,000 cash prize
  • Up to $700 in 2012 NCSS Annual Conference travel expenses
  • 2012 NCSS Annual Conference presentation Session
  • NCSS Conference Registration

FASSE Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award
Co-Sponsored by the NCSS Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies (FASSE)
  • $2,500 Grant
  • 2013 NCSS Annual Conference project grant out comes presentation session 

Nomination and application deadlines are June 30, 2012

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to e-mail me at

Thank you,