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!

Awards

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.

APPLY HERE

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:

A person or governance affiliate who has had a history of involvement in political action on public education issues, including but not limited to:

  1. work in local, state or national elections
  2. work in local, state or national referendum issues
  3. lobbying
  4. active in a political structure such as political party, citizens groups
  5. election to office
  6. local activities with an impact on government

PROCEDURE:

The awards nomination form must be received by the MEA President by March 6, 2021. Each nomination form must be signed by an MEA member.

FINAL SELECTION:

MEA Board of Directors (In any given year, this award may not be presented.) Award recipients will be notified through the office of the MEA President.

PRESENTATION:

Announcement of the recipient of the MEA Anne Sheehan Political Action Award will be made at the MEA Representative Assembly.

Award for Teaching Excellence

DEADLINE: March 6, 2021

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.

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.

APPLY HERE

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:

Any for profit, non-profit, or not-for-profit company/corporation which shows examples of outstanding service including, but not limited to:

  1. in school volunteer time
  2. financial support for special projects
  3. donation of materials or equipment to schools

PROCEDURE:

The awards nomination form must be received by the MEA President by March 6, 2021. Each nomination form must be signed by an MEA member.

FINAL SELECTION:

MEA Board of Directors. Award recipients will be notified through the office of the MEA President. (In any given year, this award may not be presented.)

PRESENTATION:

Announcement of the recipient of the MEA Corporate Award will be made at the MEA Representative Assembly.

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.

APPLY HERE

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:

Any resident of Maine who currently holds an elected or appointed public position may be nominated by an MEA member. An example of a significant contribution includes advocacy for education at the local, state, or national levels.

PROCEDURE:

The awards nomination form must be received by the MEA President by March 6, 2021. Each nomination form must be signed by an MEA member.

FINAL SELECTION:

MEA Board of Directors. Award recipients will be notified through the office of the MEA President. (In any given year, this award may not be presented.)

PRESENTATION:

Announcement of the recipient of the MEA Friend of Education Award will be made at the MEA Representative Assembly.

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.

APPLY HERE

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:

Must be a resident of Maine or an MEA member. Examples of outstanding service include, but are not limited to:

  1. organizing local parents and concerned citizens on behalf of an educational issue
  2. volunteer service to schools
  3. work with youth organizations

PROCEDURE:

The awards nomination form must be received by the MEA President by March 6, 2021. Each nomination form must be signed by an MEA member.

FINAL SELECTION:

MEA Board of Directors. Award recipients will be notified through the office of the MEA President. (In any given year, this award may not be presented.)

PRESENTATION:

Announcement of the recipient of the MEA Golden Apple Award will be made at the MEA Representative Assembly.

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.

APPLY HERE

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:

Outstanding courage and dedication to the principles of the profession without regard to personal welfare.

PROCEDURE:

The nomination form must be received by the MEA President by March 6, 2021. Each nomination form must be signed by an MEA member.

FINAL SELECTION:

MEA Board of Directors. Award recipients will be notified through the office of the MEA President. (In any given year, this award may not be presented.)

PRESENTATION:

Announcement of the recipient of the MEA Honor Medal will be made at the MEA Representative Assembly.

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.

APPLY HERE

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:

Any individual or group who meets one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Promote appreciation for diversity with regard to socioeconomic status, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin, or citizenship status.
  2. Work to eliminate discriminatory or abusive behavior toward groups and individuals.
  3. Help schools develop programs that encourage tolerance and teach students to refrain from name calling, stereotyping, and fighting.
  4. Display creativity, determination, and perseverance in achieving human and civil rights goals.
  5. Establish an ongoing program or institution for the improvement of human relations and civil rights.

PROCEDURE:

The awards nomination form must be received by the MEA President by March 6, 2021. Each nomination form must be signed by an MEA member.

FINAL SELECTION:

MEA Board of Directors. Award recipients will be notified through the office of the MEA President. (In any given year, this award may not be presented.)

PRESENTATION:

Announcement of the recipient of the MEA Human and Civil Rights Award will be made at the MEA Representative Assembly.

Joan McGovern ESP Award

APPLY HERE

DEADLINE: March 6, 2021

PURPOSE:

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

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:

The individual must have been an MEA/NEA member for three years as of December 31 of the award year. The individual must also be an MEA Education Support Professional (ESP) member who shows outstanding accomplishments. Individuals will be judged according to the criteria listed on the nomination form.

PROCEDURE:

The nomination form must be received by the MEA President by March 6, 2021. Each nomination form must be signed by an MEA member. It is the responsibility of the person making the nomination to contact the nominee and ascertain his/her willingness to accept the nomination and award and prepare the contents of the nomination.

FINAL SELECTION:

Whenever the number of award nominations exceeds five, a screening committee shall be established to review the nominations. The committee, appointed by the MEA President, shall include a past recipient, a member not in a leadership position, a Board of Directors member, and the MEA President or designee. The names of five nominees will be sent to the Board of Directors for final selection. Award recipients will be notified through the office of the MEA President. (In any given year, this award may not be presented.)

PRESENTATION:

Announcement of the recipient of the Joan McGovern ESP Award will be made at the MEA Representative Assembly. The winner will be nominated for the NEA ESP Award the following academic year and will represent Maine at the NEA ESP Conference. Each year, one nominee receives the NEA ESP of the Year Award, which includes $10,000 cash prize from NEA Member Benefits. The winner will also be invited to address that year’s NEA Representative Assembly, attend the following year’s NEA ESP Conference, and is appointed to the following year’s NEA ESP of the Year selection committee with expenses paid for by NEA.

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.

APPLY HERE

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:

The local association must be affiliated by MEA. The local association contract must include the issues of just cause standard for discipline, non-renewal and dismissal, appropriate reduction-in-force language for the unit, and binding arbitration for grievances.

The reason for recognition should demonstrate a significant impact beyond the local association.

PROCEDURE:

The awards nomination form must be received by the MEA President by March 6, 2021. Each nomination form must be signed by an MEA member.

FINAL SELECTION:

MEA Board of Directors. Award recipients will be notified through the office of the MEA President. (In any given year, this award may not be presented.)

PRESENTATION:

Announcement of the recipient of the John H. Marvin Local Association Award will be made at the MEA Representative Assembly.

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.

APPLY HERE

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION: 

The recipient will be an individual or group who has worked to support faculty and staff in their efforts to provide a high-quality public higher education.  Significant support contributions may include advocacy, resources, or community leadership. 

PROCEDURE: 

Any higher education MEA member may nominate an individual or group by submitting a completed nomination form and supporting documents to the MEA President by the March 2021.  Non higher education members are not eligible to nominate.  Each nomination form must be signed by an MEA member.   

FINAL SELECTION: 

MEA Board of Directors.  Award recipients will be notified through the office of the MEA President. (In any given year, this award may not be presented.) 

PRESENTATION: 

Announcement of the recipient of the MEA Public Higher Education Impact Award will be made at the MEA Representative Assembly. 

Grants

Human, Civil Rights and Social Justice Grant

DEADLINE: December 11, 2020

APPLY HERE

MEA members…Do you have a good idea for:

  • helping students understand Human, Civil Rights and Social Justice issues?
  • helping teachers understand and support the issues of Human, Civil Rights and Social Justice?
  • involving parents and community members with these issues?

The Maine Education Association will award up to $1,000 in grants to local associations (determined by the number of grant applications awarded). The grants are designed to help local association members provide HCR leadership in their schools and communities.

Grant money may be used for speakers, materials, space rental, or equipment. It may not be used to pay association members for their work nor for routine association business. Activities funded must be aligned with MEA policy and at least one of the following association goals:

  • enhance the quality of education in public schools
  • equalize educational opportunities for students in public education
  • support Human, Civil Rights and Social Justice development of members/students
  • encourage participation in local association activities
  • enhance, broaden, or improve HCR issues in public schools

Grants are reviewed and funding decisions are made by MEA’s Human, Civil Rights and Social Justice Committee. Grant applications must be received in the MEA President’s office in Augusta according to application directions

Directions:

Applicants must seek and receive the support by the local association governing board. Proposals must be submitted electronically using the online form. Proposals must be received no later than December 11, 2020. Late proposals will not be considered for funding.

Checklist for Applicants (Successful proposals must include all items in this section):

  • Proposal includes description and supporting elements.
  • Applicant acknowledges that you have notified your local president about your grant proposal and have their support.
  • Applicant agrees to submit brief follow-up report with receipts (including pictures, if any) for use in MEA communications no later than June 1, 2021.
  • Proposal requests are for up to $1,000 and must include a reasonable, detailed budget.
  • Money requested is for legitimate purposes such as speakers, consultants, rental of space, materials, travel, equipment, awards, programs, activities with students/staff, etc.
  • Money requested will benefit or promote the Association and/or its goals and purposes.
  • Proposal describes how the community will be made aware that MEA funded the proposal.
  • Proposal provides evidence of meeting at least one association goal
  • Proposal will enhance the quality of education in public schools.
  • Proposal will equalize educational opportunities for students in public education.
  • Proposal will improve the understanding of Human, Civil Rights and Cultural Affairs of members and/or students.
  • Proposal will encourage membership in local, state and national association.

Submit description and supporting elements for your proposal.

Late proposals will not be considered for funding.

APPLY HERE

Members Are Leaders

DEADLINE: December 11, 2020

APPLY HERE

MEA members…Do you have a good idea for:

  • Improving student achievement?
  • Aiding educators in enhancing their professional growth?
  • Involving the community in supporting public education?
  • Increasing involvement in your Association activities that promote public education?

The Maine Education Association will award up to $5,000 in grants to local associations (determined by the number of grant applications awarded). The Members are Leaders Grants are designed to help local association members provide professional and educational leadership in their schools and communities.

Grant money may be used for speakers, materials, space rental, or equipment. It may not be used to pay association members for their work nor for routine association business. Activities funded must be aligned with MEA policy and at least one of the following Association goals:

  • enhance the quality of education in public schools
  • equalize educational opportunities for students in public education
  • support professional development of members
  • encourage participation in local association activities

Grants are reviewed and funding decisions are made by MEA’s Instruction and Professional Development Committee. Grant applications must be received in the MEA President’s office in Augusta according to the application directions

Directions:

Applicants must seek and receive the support by the local association governing board. Proposals must be submitted electronically using the online form. Proposals must be received no later than December 11, 2020. Late proposals will not be considered for funding.

Checklist for Applicants (Successful proposals must include all items in this section):

  • Proposal includes description and supporting elements.
  • Proposal provides evidence of meeting at least one association goal (check all that apply):
  • enhance the quality of education in public schools
  • equalize educational opportunities for students in public education
  • improve the professional quality of members
  • encourage membership in local, state and national association
  • Applicant acknowledges that you have notified your local president about your grant proposal and have their support.
  • Applicant agrees to submit a final report for use in MEA communications by June 1, 2021. (Grant awardees who do not submit a final report will not be considered for grant money the following year.)
  • Proposal requests $1,000 or less and includes a reasonable, detailed budget.
  • Money requested is for legitimate purposes such as speakers, consultants, rental of space, materials, travel, equipment, awards, etc.
  • Proposal describes how the community will be made aware that MEA funded the proposal.

 

Deadline for receipt of application: December 11, 2020

Late proposals will not be considered for funding.

APPLY HERE

Lambert Political Action

DEADLINE: December 11, 2020

APPLY HERE

MEA members…Do you have a good idea for:

  • Local political action?
  • Implementing a political action plan in your school district?
  • Involving the community in supporting public education?
  • Increasing Association involvement in activities that promote public education?

The Maine Education Association will award up to $200. The Leroy Lambert Political Action Grants are designed to help Local Association members develop and implement a political action program in their schools and communities. This grant is coordinated by the MEA Government Relations Committee.

Grant money can be used for speakers, materials, space rental, or equipment. It may not be used to pay Association members for their work nor for routine Association business. Activities funded must be aligned with MEA policy and at least one of the following Association goals:

  • aid in the election of friends of education to local office.
  • serve as innovative models to other MEA affiliates.
  • increase membership involvement and participation in the educator political action process at the local level.

Grants are reviewed and funding decisions will be made by MEA’s Government Relations Committee. Grant applications must be postmarked, or emailed to the MEA President’s office in Augusta according to application directions

Directions:

Applicants must seek and receive the support by the local association governing board. Proposals must be submitted electronically using the online form. Proposals must be received no later than December 11, 2020. Late proposals will not be considered for funding.

Checklist for Applicants (Successful proposals must include all items in this section):

  • Proposal includes description and supporting elements.
  • Proposal provides evidence of meeting at least one Association goal (check all that apply):
  • aid in the election of friends of education to local office.
  • serve as innovative models to other MEA affiliates.
  • increase membership involvement and participation in the educator political action process at the local level.
  • Applicant acknowledges that you have notified your local president about your grant proposal and have their support.
  • Applicant agrees to submit a final report for use in MEA communications by June 1, 2021. (Grant awardees who do not submit a final report will not be considered for grant money the following year.)
  • Proposal requests $200 or less and includes a reasonable, detailed budget.
  • Money requested is for legitimate purposes such as speakers, consultants, rental of space, materials, travel, equipment, awards, etc.
  • Proposal describes how the community will be made aware that MEA funded the proposal.

Deadline for receipt of application: December 11, 2020

Late proposals will not be considered for funding.

APPLY HERE

Read Across America Incentive Grants

APPLY HERE

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.

DEADLINE: February 1, 2021

Contests

My Hero Works at School Essay

ON HOLD

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 contest@maineea.org

DEADLINE: April 29, 2021

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

ON HOLD

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 contest@maineea.org

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.

FMI: https://www.nokidhungry.org/kellogg-breakfast-grants

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: http://www.calcasacademicaward.com

California Casualty's Music and Arts Grant

California Casualty’s Music and Arts Grants

www.calcasmusicartsgrant.com

California Casualty School Lounge Makeover

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

To Apply: www.schoolloungemakeover.com

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: http://www.kstf.org/fellowships

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.

http://toshiba.com/taf/k5.jsp

Discover Student Loans Sweepstakes

Discover Student Loans Sweepstakes

https://scholarship.collegecovered.com/

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

Essay Contests for Ayn Rand s Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged https://www.aynrand.org/students/essay-contests

Getting Real About Distracted Driving Scholarship

Rover Scholarship

Win a $2500 Rover Scholarship

https://www.rover.com/college-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
http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/#/about/How_to_Apply

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.

https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships