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September 19, 2019
Contact: Christina Mazzanti

Association of American Educators Foundation Announces Nationwide Teacher Scholarships and Classroom Grants Opportunity

Mission Viejo, CA – The Association of American Educators Foundation (AAEF) a 501(c)(3) organization supporting the mission of the Association of American Educators (AAE), a national, non-union, professional association serving educators in all fifty states, announces today it is accepting teacher scholarship and classroom grant proposals from K-12 professional educators. This national scholarship and grant program serves to advance the teaching profession and is open to all educators.

The AAEF National Teacher Scholarship and Classroom Grant program has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to educators across the country. This bi-annual competitive program, with deadlines in October and March, helps teachers explore professional development opportunities and secure materials for innovative classroom projects and activities through $500 awards.

Recent projects made possible through this program include:

  • Sending a first-grade teacher from Otsego, Minnesota to the Space Port Area Conference at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida
  • Creating a “cool down” room for special education students in Great Falls, Virginia
  • Purchasing a robotics classroom kit for a high school in Los Angeles, California
  • Providing an art-based multidisciplinary unit on the Industrial Revolution for a school in St. Louis, Missouri
“This signature program is one of AAEF’s most impactful efforts because it recognizes the creativity and passion of educators and touches the lives of many students,” said AAEF executive director, Colin Sharkey. “Many of our grant and scholarship recipients acknowledge not only their appreciation for the personal recognition but more importantly, for the ongoing benefit their students and their school will receive for many years to come.”

Teacher scholarships and classroom grants can be applied to conference attendance, workshops, fellowships, online training, books, software, lab materials, art supplies, adaptive materials, and many other expenditures. The application is available at and the submission deadline is 11:59 ET Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educator organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to educator empowerment and advocacy—promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. AAE is committed to a teaching profession that is student oriented, well respected, and personally fulfilling. AAE serves members in all fifty states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is $16.50 per month which includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional resources and many other benefits. Visit for more information.