On May 2nd, 2016, at the Richmond Bar Association’s Annual Law Day Luncheon, The John Marshall Foundation will present one high school and one middle school teacher each with a $2500.00 cash prize and a certificate. These awards — given each year since 1989 — represent excellence in teaching the Constitution both inside and outside the classroom. The John Marshall Foundation is most grateful to the Hunton & Williams Law Firm for its support in sponsoring the high school award, and also for assisting the Foundation in advertising the award information to public and private secondary schools throughout Virginia, and for its assistance in collecting and judging the applications.
Eligibility and Criteria
Any public or private middle or high school classroom teacher in Virginia who has been teaching for a minimum of five years is eligible for the award. Each winner will be selected on the basis of his or her demonstrated knowledge of and enthusiasm for the United States Constitution as evidenced through activities inside and outside of the classroom. Each nominee must submit a personal statement that relates his or her teaching to John Marshall and his legacy. Note: If you submitted an unsuccessful application within the past three years (2013, 2014, or 2015), you may simply re-submit the original application and just add a one-page description of your related activities during the past year. Previous winners of the award are not eligible.
A $2,500 award will be presented to the middle school winner and to the high school winner.
Nominations must be postmarked by Friday, March 25, 2016. Awards will be presented on May 2, 2016 during a special ceremony at the Richmond Bar Association’s Law Day Luncheon.
Nominations may be made either by self-nomination or by a nominator. A nomination package consists of a completed nomination form, with the two required letters and a personal statement described below. An additional third letter from a former student or parent of a former student is strongly encouraged. The letters should be short (one to two single-spaced typed pages each, 12 pt. font, with no attachments or enclosures), and should provide concrete examples rather than generalized endorsements.
A completed nomination package consists of this form plus two letters, as outlined on the previous page, and a personal statement by the nominee which relates his or her teaching to John Marshall and his legacy. Three copies of each nomination package must be submitted and postmarked no later than Friday, March 25, 2016, to the John Marshall Foundation c/o Lawton B. Way, Esq., Hunton & Williams LLP, Riverfront Plaza, East Tower, 951 East Byrd Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-4074
Download (1MB): 2016 Teacher Award Application & Eligibility Criteria
The Personal Statement
All nominees (whether self-nominated or nominated by a third party) must submit a personal statement that relates his or her teaching to John Marshall and his legacy.
The Required Letters should come from the following sources:
- Current area supervisor (e.g., department chairman) or a fellow educator.
- This letter should include specific examples of the nominee’s knowledge of and enthusiasm for the Constitution, as evidenced by activities inside and outside of the classroom, along with information on the nominee’s methodology, ability, and success in communicating knowledge and enthusiasm for the United States Constitution to students.
- The nominee (for self-nominations) or the nominator (for third-party nominations). Please note, both self-nominees and third-party nominees are also required to submit the personal statement.
- This letter should address all of the above- mentioned criteria, including at least one tested teaching idea as it relates to teaching the United States Constitution.
- The Optional Letter should come from the following sources:
- A former student or parent of a former student.
- This letter should focus on the nominee’s role in the classroom and school and his or her achievements as an educator.
Three copies of each nomination package (nomination form plus personal statement and attached letters) must be submitted before the Friday, March 25, 2016 deadline to:
The John Marshall Foundation c/o Lawton B. Way, Esq. HUNTON & WILLIAMS LLP Riverfront Plaza, East Tower 951 East Byrd Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-4074
Nominations will be judged by a panel of the John Marshall Foundation Board and others convened for this purpose. The mechanics of judging and the ultimate decision on the Award are within the sole discretion of the John Marshall Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to alter the terms of this announcement, the award, and eligibility and criteria without further notice as it deems appropriate.