MEA Awards, Grants & Contests

MEA offers awards and grants to members to both honor and support colleagues and your work. In addition, MEA’s partners provide support for members as well. MEA is here to help you further your career-take advantage of one of these opportunities today!


Award for Teaching Excellence

To recognize, reward, and promote excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession.

MEA believes that all students deserve a quality education and that teaching is the single most important component of quality education. It is appropriate, therefore, that MEA recognize one of its members for teaching excellence. In selecting and celebrating a state winner of this award each year, we honor teaching excellence, public education, and our dedicated members.

Joan McGovern ESP Award

To emphasize outstanding accomplishments and reflect the contributions of Education Support Professionals to public education.


Anne Sheehan Political Action Award

To recognize an MEA member or governance affiliate which has demonstrated a strong commitment to political action for public education issues.


Corporate Award

To recognize a for profit, non-profit, or not-for-profit company/corporation which has made a significant contribution to public education in Maine.


Friend of Education Award

To recognize an individual currently holding an elected or appointed public position and currently making a significant contribution to public education.

Golden Apple Award

To recognize an individual or group that has demonstrated a strong commitment to the local school(s) and/or to the children of a community.

Honor Medal Award

To recognize an MEA member who has demonstrated outstanding courage in defending academic freedom or in upholding the right of educators to adhere to the principles of their profession free from harassment and coercion. Also, to recognize a member who has faced a difficult period and risked personal welfare because of professional commitment.

Human and Civil Rights Award

To recognize individual members, local affiliates, individual students, or student organizations who have demonstrated outstanding dedication in promoting human and civil rights for students and citizens of the State of Maine.

John H. Marvin Local Association Award

To recognize a local association for effective bargaining and protecting member rights by:

  1. being a strong advocate for members;
  2. being a leader in effective bargaining practices; and
  3. organizing wall to wall units.

Public Higher Education Impact Award

To recognize an individual or group whose leadership, acts, and support have contributed to the improvement of public higher education in Maine.


Human, Civil Rights and Cultural Affairs

This MEA grant is to help local association members provide HCR leadership opportunities in their schools and communities.



Members Are Leaders

This MEA grant is to help local association members provide professional and educational leadership in their schools and communities.


Political Action

This MEA grant is to facilitate the development and implementation of a local association political action program.


Read Across America Incentive Grants

To help plan and prepare for a reading celebration, MEA is offering Read Across America Incentive Grants to our local associations who sponsor association activities for this event. Grants of $50 each will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Requests must be made by the local association President for funding of activities within the local association.

Grant Deadline: TBA


My Hero Works at School Essay

MEA/Sea Dogs “My Hero Works at School” Essay Contest

The MEA is pleased to join with the Portland Sea Dogs for its annual “My Hero Works at School” essay contest. Students are encouraged to write a short essay no more than 300 words, about their school hero. Two winners will be selected and receive tickets to a 2021 Sea Dogs game for themselves, their family and their school hero. Send essays to or by mail to:

Giovanna Bechard
35 Community Drive
Augusta, ME 04330

DEADLINE: April 29, 2021

Maine Educator Magazine Cover: "What I Love About Maine"

MEA Magazine Art Cover Contest

The Maine Educator will feature a cover designed by a Maine public school art student depicting the theme “What I Love About Maine.” Submissions can be any form of art and should be 8.5” by 11” or able to be photographed. Please advise students that the magazine title will be across the top and 2.5” high. The artist will want to make sure there is nothing important to the piece at the top, as it may be obscured by the title. Entries must include the name of the student, the school, and the submitting teacher’s name and email.

  • WHO: Grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12 – Based on entries, an indeterminate number of finalists will be selected, with one overall winner chosen from the finalists to have their work on the cover of the magazine.
    HOW: Submit artwork to Giovanna Bechard via email at or mail to:

Giovanna Bechard
35 Community Drive
Augusta, ME 04330

DEADLINE: April 29, 2021

Other Grants

Breakfast Grants

Grants will support schools with the purchase of equipment, materials and promotional initiatives facilitating Breakfast After the Bell delivery models (such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go, or Second Chance Breakfast) in an effort to increase student participation in school breakfast. Please apply for one school per grant application. It is possible to apply for multiple school grants within one district; however, we still request one application per school. Kellogg generously supports this grants funding.


California Casualty Academic Award

These ongoing $2,500 Academic Awards will go to K-12 public school teachers to assist with out of pocket expenses.

To Apply:

California Casualty's Music and Arts Grant

California Casualty’s Music and Arts Grants

California Casualty School Lounge Makeover

Revamp and recharge your school lounge with a $7,500 grant.

To Apply:

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation - Teaching Fellows Program

The KSTF Teaching Fellows Program is a comprehensive, five-year professional development program designed to support early-career science and mathematics teachers.

HOW: FMI and to apply:

Cents for STEM

With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life. Do you teach in an elementary school classroom? Do you have an innovative idea for improving math or science instruction in your classroom? Is your idea project based learning with measurable outcomes? What do you need to make learning math and science fun for your students? K-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a $1,000 Toshiba America Foundation grant to help bring an innovative hands-on project into their own classroom.

Discover Student Loans Sweepstakes

Discover Student Loans Sweepstakes

Essay Contests for Ayn Rand's Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged

Essay Contests for Ayn Rand s Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged

Getting Real About Distracted Driving Scholarship

Rover Scholarship

Win a $2500 Rover Scholarship

Teacher at Sea

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Teacher at Sea Program sends K-12 teachers aboard research ships for up to one month. The mission of NOAA Teacher at Sea Program is to provide teachers hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists, thereby giving them unique insight into oceanic and atmospheric research crucial to the nation. The program provides a unique opportunity for kindergarten through college level-teachers to sail aboard NOAA research ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and screw. Applications are available online in the fall.

WHEN: Rolling

VFW Youth Scholarships

The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you.

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Augusta, ME 04330
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Auburn, ME

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Bangor, ME 04401

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Caribou, ME 04736

Fax: 207-498-3032


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South Portland, ME 04106

Fax: 207-774-9786

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