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NCSS Conference Registration Scholarships for First-Time Attendees

2019 NCSS Conference Registration Scholarships for First-Time Attendees

NCSS is pleased this year to offer a limited number of conference registration scholarships to teachers who have never been able to attend its annual meetings in the past for lack of financial support.  Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arkansas teachers who meet the qualifications are eligible to apply.

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Scholarship Information

What does a conference registration scholarship cover?

The scholarship covers the conference registration fee for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Austin (Nov. 22 to Nov.24) and a one-year regular membership in NCSS.
It does NOT cover additional expenses. Attendees will need to cover these costs with district or personal funds. 

  • travel, lodging and meals
  • ticketed events such as tours or clinics
  • substitute teacher to cover your class while you are attending the conference

Who may apply for a 2019 scholarship? 

The intent of the scholarship is to enable teachers from diverse ethnic groups and/or who teach in high-poverty schools (and have never attended an NCSS conference) 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 social studies school teacher from Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arkansas who are supported by the school administrator in the desire to attend the conference
    Depending on funding there may be some scholarships available for full-time preK-12 social studies teachers from other states specified by donors

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

If your district has committed to fund your registration, please do NOT apply for a First Timer Scholarship.  

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

There are several indicators for determining a high-poverty school:

  • The school is in district that serves at least 10,000 students from families living below the poverty line. OR
  • The school has at least 20% of its students from families living below the poverty line. OR
  • 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.  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 2019 conference:

  • fill out the online 2019 NCSS First Timer Conference Scholarship Form
  • Tell us in detail how attending the NCSS conference will support your teaching and benefit your students.
  • Be sure to attach a current resume as a Word Document or PDF to the online form where indicated.
  • Hit the submit button and you are done.

What is the deadline for application? 

We encourage you to apply early while administrators are still budgeting professional development funds for the 2018-2019 school year. 
The deadline for scholarship application has been extended to October 16, 2019  
However, if your district is planning to fund your registration, please do NOT apply for a First Timer Scholarship. NCSS will not refund registrations that have been pre-paid

When will I find out if I received a scholarship? 

You should receive an email indicating the status of your application by October 19.  If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive a special conference registration form for scholarship awardees.  NCSS will not refund registration already paid by you or by your district if you receive a scholarship.  The scholarship is intended for those teachers who do NOT have financial support for the registration.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Contact the First Timer Scholarship co-coordinator: 
Gayle Thieman (

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