NCSS Conference Registration Scholarships for First-Time Attendees

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National Council for the Social Studies believes that high quality professional development is important to the professional growth of social studies teachers, and to the outcomes in the classrooms in which they teach. This is especially true for early career teachers. NCSS is pleased to offer a limited number of registration scholarships to teachers who have never been able to attend its annual meetings in the past for lack of financial support. The NCSS First Timers’ Scholarship Fund supports attendance by early career teachers who have never attended an NCSS Annual Conference, particularly those from diverse ethnic groups and/or who teach in high-poverty schools in Missouri and Illinois.

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Scholarship Information

What does a Conference Registration Scholarship cover?

The scholarship covers the conference registration fee for the 2013 Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO and a one-year regular membership in NCSS. It does NOT cover additional expenses including:

  • travel, lodging and meals
  • ticketed events such as tours or clinics
  • substitute teacher to cover your class while you are attending the conference Attendees will need to cover these costs with district or personal funds.

Who may apply for a 2013 scholarship?

The intent of the scholarship is to enable teachers from diverse ethnic groups and/or who teach in high-poverty schools who have never attended an NCSS conference before to take advantage of this premier professional development opportunity. Applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • first time attendee at an NCSS conference
  • full-time preK-12 school teacher from Missouri or Illinois supported by the school administrator in the desire to attend the conference. Priority will be given to applicants who:
  • have a diverse background and/or experience
  • are in their first five years of teaching
  • are working in a high-poverty school

How do I know if I work in a high-poverty school?

The U.S. Department of Education defines a high-poverty school in three ways:

  1. The school is in district that serves at least 10,000 students from families living below the poverty line. OR
  2. The school is in district in which at least 20% of its students are from families living below the poverty line. OR
  3. The school receives Title 1 funding. If you are not sure whether your school meets any one of these criteria, consult your principal or district office for clarification.

Why do I need to get support from my principal or other administrator to apply?

In order to take full advantage of the conference, you will need permission to be absent from your classroom on Friday, November 22, 2013. You will also need financial support to cover the cost of a substitute. Your principal or administrator may be able to access professional development funds that will defray some of these expenses.

Now that I know I qualify, how do I apply?

Applying is easy. Once you have received permission from your principal or administrator to attend the 2013 conference, simply fill out the online 2013 NCSS First Timer Conference Scholarship Form . Be sure to attach a current resume to the form where indicated. Hit the submit button and you are done.

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What is the deadline for application?

All scholarship applications must be submitted online to NCSS by September 15, 2013. However, we encourage you to apply early while administrators are still budgeting professional development funds for the 2013-2014 school year. If your district is planning to fund your registration, please do NOT apply for a First Timer Scholarship.

When will I find out if I received a scholarship?

You should receive an email indicating the status of your application by October 7, 2013. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive a special conference registration form for scholarship awardees.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Contact the First Timer Scholarship coordinator: Gayle Thieman ( or Conference co-chair Ray Wicks (

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