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Criteria for Awarding Scholarships
Level of Engagement. Consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate a significant level of interest and/or involvement in science and/or mathematics education at the local, state, national or international levels. Applicants will be required to submit some documentation of this interest in their application (see questions 7 and 8).
Equity and Geographical Distribution. Consideration will be given to applicants who represent diversity in the education system, particularly with respect to groups who have been under-represented in science and technology. Other considerations include ensuring a diverse mix of participants from different levels of science education and from all areas of the United States.
Potential for Sharing. Consideration will be given to applicants who offer specific plans for sharing the knowledge gained through their workshop experience with others.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply for these scholarships? Any educator at any level may apply. We encourage a wide variety of professionals involved in science and mathematics education to attend these workshops. Participants may include K-12 classroom teachers, assessment and curriculum specialists and developers, supervisors, administrators, graduate students, researchers, education policymakers, college faculty and other professionals from post-secondary institutions, and informal science educators.
What does the scholarship cover? A workshop scholarship will cover only the registration fee (up to $472) for each individual recipient. The costs of required books, travel, and lodging are not included. Scholarship awardees will be responsible for covering these additional items.
How will scholarships be awarded? Awardees will be selected based on their their engagement and involvement in science and/or mathematics education at the local, state, national, or international levels and their potential for sharing with others the knowledge gained at the workshop as based on the information each applicant provides on his or her application. The decisions will be made by a selection committee comprised of AAAS professional staff.
When will I receive my funds? Scholarships will be provided in the form of complimentary workshop registrations (no checks or refunds will be mailed). All participants will fill out the registration form and confirmed scholarship recipients can simply mark “comp” on the registration line. They will still, however, need to fill out the lines for the required books and submit payment for those materials.
How will scholarship winners be notified? Scholarship recipients will be notified via telephone, e-mail, or regular US mail of their selection with sufficient time to make travel arrangements. All scholarship recipients will receive written confirmation of their selection.
Could I use my funds for another AAAS program? No. These scholarships are solely designated for Project 2061 professional development workshops and will be applied as individual complimentary registrations. They will not shared (such as to reduce the cost of team registrations for non-scholarship awardees) nor will they be applied toward any other AAAS charges, such as membership fees for AAAS members or registrations to the annual meeting.
Who is funding this program? The Project 2061 workshop scholarships are supported by gifts from members of AAAS and others to the AAAS Flexible Action Fund  program. The overall Project 2061 professional development program is funded directly from participant registration fees.