Awards and Scholarships
Awards for Excellence
The following list of awards, scholarships and opportunities are administered by the New York State Education Department.
We seek your assistance in promoting these programs on an ongoing basis to assure awareness on the part of eligible candidates. We will be adding additional programs as they become available, so please visit often.
Open awards and opportunities include the New York State Teacher of the Year, Presidential Award for Math and Science Teaching, National Youth Science Camp, and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) / Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) High School Summer STEM Program and Middle School Summer Science Academy.
ARC/ORNL Summer 2020 Math-Science-Technology Institute for STEM Teachers and
High School Students and STEM Academy for Middle School Students
STEM Summer Opportunity for Teachers and Students in New York State’s Appalachian Region
New York State Appalachian Regional Commission and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Invites You to Apply for a STEM Opportunity at the ARC/ORNL 2020 Summer Institute!
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is sponsoring a two-week residential hands-on learning institute focusing on math, science, and technology for high school students and teachers, and middle school students from New York State’s Appalachian Region (Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins counties).
The 2020 High School Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute for high school students and teachers will be held from July 5–17, 2020. The 2020 Middle School Summer Science Academy will be held July 11–17, 2020. All applications must be submitted on the ARC/ORNL online portal no later than 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time) Friday, February 28, 2020.
The application deadline has been extended to Friday, March 6th, 2020.
2020 High School Summer Math-Science-Technology Institute
2020 STEM Academy for Middle School
All participants work with award-winning scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the largest U.S. Department of Energy research facilities in the United States. High school and middle school students conduct guided group science, math, and computer science technology research projects, while high school teachers work with science practitioners to develop STEM-related curriculum. The program culminates in a graduation ceremony where participants showcase their work. New York State will select two nominees for each teacher and student summer session. Alternatives may also be nominated to attend based on available space.
Helen Bach Moss Memorial Better Beginnings Award
The award, which is sponsored by the Board of Regents, celebrates the life and career of Helen Bach Moss, a local NYS educator who passed away in 1988. Mrs. Moss touched the lives of many people, and her career was distinguished by a genuine respect for and love of children. She was ever caring toward students and their parents and acted as a worthy role model in all of her endeavors. Her family and friends petitioned the Board of Regents to establish a memorial fund and provided an endowment to award an annual cash stipend of $1,000 to an elementary teacher. This award competition recognizes early childhood education as the most effective investment for long-term educational success. The spirit of the award, which celebrates the life and career of Helen Bach Moss, is that better beginnings make for stronger completions. It strives to recognize elementary teachers who are gifted in finding and nurturing the strengths of each student and fostering trusting relationships among pupils, parents, teachers, and administrators. For more information on this, please visit Helen Bach Moss Memorial Better Beginnings Award.
Louis E. Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards
The Board of Regents invites nominations for the Louis E. Yavner Teaching and Citizen Awards. These awards provide recognition of a teacher and a citizen who have made outstanding contributions to New York State education about the Holocaust and other violations of human rights. The awards were established by the Regents and funded by the late Regent Emeritus Louis E. Yavner. State Education Department staff are not eligible for these awards.
Southern Cayuga Central School District teacher William Zimpfer, NYSED's 2018 Louis E. Yavner Teacher Award recipient
The Louis E. Yavner Teaching Award recognizes an elementary or secondary, public and nonpublic school teacher in New York State who has made an outstanding contribution to education about the Holocaust and other violations of human rights.
Teaching Award Criteria: The nominee’s work related to the Holocaust and other violations of human rights will be judged according to the following criteria:
- Activities in public and/or nonpublic schools, including courses taught, extracurricular activities for students, school-wide programming, etc. within the last 5 years.
- Activities outside of school, such as workshops, presentations, exhibits, etc. which have benefited professional associations, higher education institutions, cultural institutions, civic groups, and/or service organizations within the last 5 years.
- Total number of students, teachers, and others reached through both in school and out of school activities.Impact of work on students, the local community, professionals and others.
Teaching Award documentation must be provided that supports the criteria listed above. Documentation should include:
- Application form submitted by nominator
- A letter of recommendation from the nominator, summarizing the nominee’s contributions
- At least 2 other letters of recommendation
- A short biography or resume, including a chronological listing of activities (e.g., classes, workshops, presentations, exhibits), awards and/or honors received, and publications
- Description of in-school activity including number of teacher/students reached
- Description of activity outside of school including the number of people reached
- Example of materials developed and/or published
- Media reports of activities, if any
- Letters received from students, parents or colleagues regarding activities
The Louis E. Yavner Citizen Award was established to honor Holocaust survivors, scholars of the Holocaust and human rights issues, and self-taught experts who help to educate students about these difficult topics.
The general criteria for the Citizen Award are:
- Contributions on a local, regional and/or statewide basis,to education about the Holocaust and other violations of human rights
- Total number of students, teachers, and others reached through the candidate’s work
- Impact of candidate’s contributions on others.
Documentation for Citizen Award Documentation must be provided that supports the criteria listed above. Documentation should include:
- Application form submitted by nominator.
- A letter of recommendation from the nominator, summarizing the nominee’s contributions
- At least two other letters of recommendations
- Documentation including a short biography of resume that includes a chronological listing or activities, awards and/or honors received. The activities should be described and include the number of people impacted by the activity. Letters received from others regarding the impact of the candidate should be included, as well as any media reports of activities. If the candidate has developed materials or published, reference to this work should be included in the documentation.
The deadline for submission of nominations is December 15 of each year. Award winners will be notified the following spring. Their names will remain confidential until the award ceremony at a Board of Regents meeting.
All documentation may be submitted electronically to EMSCURRIC@nysed.gov. Please Use YAVNER AWARD as the subject. Printed documentation may be mailed to Office of Curriculum & Instruction, Louis E. Yavner Award, New York State Education Department, Room 860 EBA, Albany, NY 12234.
Any questions please contact the Office of Curriculum & Instruction via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 518-474-5922
National Youth Science Camp
The National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) is a residential science education program for young STEM enthusiasts the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country (two are selected to represent each state and Washington, D.C.) are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.
APPLICATIONS to attend the 2020 NYSCamp opened on November 1, 2019. The deadline to submit applications is 6:00 PM EST on February 28, 2020. To be selected, you must be a graduating high school senior in the United States (Two each from every state and Washington, D.C.) and students 16-18 years of age in selected other countries (see below). The 2020 National Youth Science Camp will be held from June 22 to July 15, 2020; you must be able to attend the entire program - no exceptions. Please note each applicant needs to consider the two week commitment to attend the program given the Regents examination schedule.
To be eligible to attend the NYSCamp:
You must be a resident of:
- One of the fifty United States,
- Washington, DC, or
- Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, or Trinidad and Tobago.
Students representing one of the fifty United States or Washington, DC, must graduate from high school between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.
- You must have documented superior academic proficiency, including recognition in mathematics or the sciences.
- You must have documented leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in school or community activities.
- You must have documented skills and achievements outside the realm of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and outside the realm of academia.
- You must demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore many and varied topics.
- You must intend to pursue higher education and a career in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics related field.
- You must be willing and able to participate in the entire NYSCamp program. The 2020 NYSCamp dates are tentatively June 22 - July 15, 2020.
For more information about the program, please visit the NYSCamp's web site at http://www.nyscamp.org. For more information regarding the application process please contact Nicole Marschilok (New York State Coordinator) at Nicole.Marschilok@nysed.gov .
Reminder: Each applicant needs to consider the two week commitment to attend the program given the Regents examination schedule.
New York State Archives - Student Research Awards
The New York State Archives sponsors an annual Student Research Awards program to promote and recognize excellence in student research. The main purpose of the awards program is to encourage students to explore the wealth of historical records in New York State. A secondary purpose is to increase cooperation among schools and organizations that administer historical records useful for education. The Student Research Awards program is a statewide competition open to all New York State students in grades 4-12. A total of three awards are given, one each for students in grades 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Each award consists of a certificate and a cash prize. Certificates of Merit are awarded to students, other than the winners whose, works show a heavy reliance on historical records to support research. Entries must be postmarked no later than July 1. Recipients are selected by September 15, and winners are announced during Archives Week in October. A copy of the award guidelines, an entry form, and a PDF of this year’s poster is available at New York State Archives.
New York State Teacher of the Year
The purpose of the New York State Teacher of the Year award is to recognize and celebrate outstanding teachers throughout New York State. It is run in conjunction with the National Teacher of the Year program. Any exceptionally skilled and dedicated teacher, appropriately credentialed within his or her current teaching area, who works directly with children in a New York State public school in any grade from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve who has a minimum of five years teaching experience is eligible. For more information on this, please visit Teacher of the Year Program.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program was established in 1983 by The White House and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Each year the President of the United States recognizes outstanding teachers in mathematics and science (including computer science) from across the Nation at the Kindergarten through 6th grade level or 7th through 12th grade level and bestows upon them the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
The 2019-2020 PAEMST program is now accepting nominations for eligible exemplary mathematics and science (including computer science) K-6 grade teachers for this award. New York State is looking for nominations of outstanding mathematics and science teachers that spark students’ imaginations in STEM education through innovative teaching and learning.
The PAEMST is the highest honor in the Nation that teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science) may receive for outstanding teaching and leadership in their respective fields. These teachers serve as models for colleagues and are leaders in the improvement of science and mathematics education.
Annually, New York State can recognize up to three Mathematics finalists and three Science finalists. The New York State PAEMST finalists’ applications are forwarded to a PAEMST Review and Selection Committee at the National level. Of the State finalists in Mathematics and Science, up to two finalists in mathematics or science from each state will be recognized at the National level.
The nomination period is open from November 1, 2019 - March 1st, 2020. The deadline to submit an application is May 1st, 2020. For more information pertaining to the PAEMST (2019-2020) nomination and application process visit the PAEMST website or e-mail:
- New York State Math Coordinator, Andrea Faoro, email@example.com
- New York State Science Coordinator, Nicole Marschilok, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominate an outstanding mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher today!
The Hines and Sanford Families' Recognition Award
The Hines and Sanford Families’ Recognition Award for Study and Research in The African Experience in New York State, the Americas, and the Diaspora will provide for the annual recognition of a school/district P-12 educator who has made outstanding contributions to New York State education in presenting and interpreting African and African Diaspora history and culture. This award provides for travel reimbursement to attend a meeting of the Board of Regents in Albany, New York. Funding for the recognition and reimbursement is made possible by a gift from Adelaide L. Hines Sanford, Vice Chancellor Emerita, New York State Board of Regents, University of the State of New York.
DEADLINE DATE - The Hines and Sanford Families’ Recognition application forms must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 20, 2020. All candidate submissions of the application package must be mailed to the following address:
Office of Hines-Sanford Award
The University of the State of New York - Regents Research Fund
Ms. Mary Drzonsc
89 Washington Avenue, State Education Bldg., Rm. 121
Albany, NY 12234
United States Senate Youth Award-Scholarship
William Randolph Hearst Foundation United States Senate Youth Program
Each year, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, in cooperation with the United States Senate and the education departments of all the states, sponsors the United States Senate Youth Program. Two student leaders from each state and the District of Columbia are selected to participate in a week-long government leadership program in Washington, DC (all expenses paid). The students engage in a series of seminars and briefings with Senators and members of the House of Representatives, and meet with officials of the executive and judicial branches of government. Each student delegate will also receive a one-time $10,000 college scholarship, provided that two full courses in United States, government, history, and/or political science are taken by the student at an accredited institution during the student’s future college or university career.
The Washington, DC segment of the 2019-20 program will take place from March 7 - 14, 2020.
The principal of a New York State high school may select only one candidate for this statewide competition. Any high school junior or senior is eligible. Districts with more than one high school can nominate a candidate from each high school. The nominee must be serving, in the current school year at the time of application, in an elected capacity in any one of the following student government offices:
- Student body president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer
- Class president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer
- Student council representative
A student who is a representative to a district, regional or state-level civic or education organization may also be nominated. Please see the national program brochure for more details: https://ussenateyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2020-Official-USSYP-Brochure.pdf
Application Submission Requirements:
- A completed application form signed by the building principal (Fillable Application Form).
- Student transcript or standardized test data
- A student essay on a significant currently debated issue or problem before the United States Congress
- The student must: 1) identify and describe the controversy surrounding the issue or problem, 2) state major points of view on the matter expressed by members of Congress and others, and 3) take a position on the issue or problem. The position should be supported by specific evidence and reasoning.
- References must be cited.
- Students applying for a second time may not use a previously submitted essay.
Essay Formatting Requirements:
- Must not exceed 4 pages, double spaced in Arial 12 font, between 1000 and 1200 words
- the word count must appear at the bottom of the page
- Essay Topic, Student Name and page number must appear on each page
- A student statement of leadership activities, on a separate sheet of paper, that describes activities and interests that demonstrate the student’s leadership qualities and activities at school and/or in the community. Activities that demonstrate the student’s interest in the political process of governance should be emphasized.
NOTE: The essay must not exceed 1 page, double spaced in Arial 12 font; it may not exceed 300 words.
- Resume (Extra Curricular Activities)
- A letter of recommendation from the high school principal. The recommendation letter may also be from a teacher or guidance counselor familiar with the student but MUST BE SIGNED BY THE PRINCIPAL as well.
The student application form must be postmarked on or before
Friday, October 18, 2019.
- If any of the above is missing from the final application packet, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
- If a school district has more than one high school, each high school may submit a nomination to the United States Senate Youth Program.
- If a high school submits more than one nomination, neither nomination will be considered.
- Applications must have adequate postage.
- In the event that an applicant becomes a semifinalist, the student must be able to travel to Albany for a personal interview. Partial reimbursement for travel expenses may be available.
For additional questions please contact:
State Selection Administrator, NYS US Senate Youth Program