Teacher Award Program

The 2017 Teacher Awards Application Information

On May 1st, 2017, 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 Hunton & Williams and to Kaplan, Voekler, Cunningham and Frank Law Firms for their support in sponsoring the Teacher Awards, and also for assisting the Foundation in advertising the award information to public and private secondary schools throughout Virginia, and for their help 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. Note: If you submitted an unsuccessful application within the past three years (2014, 2015, or 2016), 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.

Award

A $2,500 award will be presented to one middle school winner and to one high school winner.

Timetable

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 24, 2017 Awards will be presented on May 1, 2017 during a special ceremony at the Richmond Bar Association’s Law Day Luncheon.

Application Documents Package

An application package consists of (1) a completed application form, along with (2) one required letter from a supervisor, department chair, or principal, and (3) a personal statement (limit 300 words). The personal statement from the applicant should relate to his/her teaching of John Marshall and his legacy.  The letter from a supervisor, department chair or principal 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.

Three copies of each application package must be submitted and postmarked no later than Friday, March 24, 2017, 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 Application

Download (1MB): 2017 Teacher Award Application & Eligibility Criteria

The Personal Statement

All applicants must submit a personal statement (limit 300 words) that relates his or her teaching of John Marshall and his legacy.

The Required Letter:

  • A letter is required from one of the following: a current area supervisor, department chair or principal.
  • 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.
  • Three copies of each application package (application form, plus a 300-word personal statement and letter from a supervisor, department chair or principal) must be submitted on or before the Friday, March 24, 2017 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

Judging

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.



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