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NCSS Conference Registration Scholarships for First-Time Attendees

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. Applicants are encouraged to apply if they have support to travel to the conference and have not already registered for the conference. Scholarship applications will be accepted beginning May 1, 2020.

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Scholarship Information

What does a Conference Registration Scholarship cover?

The scholarship covers the registration fee for the NCSS 100th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. (December 4–6, 2020), 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, and substitute teacher pay to cover your class while you attend the conference. Attendees will need to cover these and any other costs with district or personal funds.

Who may apply for a 100th Annual Conference Registration 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 Annual Conference) to take advantage of this premier professional development opportunity.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • First-time attendee at an NCSS Annual Conference.
  • Full-time preK-12 social studies school teacher from the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia who is supported by the school administrator in the desire to attend the Annual Conference. (Depending on funding, there may be some scholarships available for full-time preK-12 social studies teachers from other states, as specified by donors.)

Priority will be given to applicants who have a diverse background and/or experience, are in their first five (5) years of teaching, and are working in a high-poverty school.

If your district has committed to fund your registration, please do apply for a First-Timer Scholarship.

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

There are several indicators for determining whether you work in 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 I federal 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 another administrator to apply?

In order to take full advantage of the NCSS Annual Conference, you will need permission to be absent from your classroom on Friday, December 4, 2020. You will also need financial support to cover the cost of a substitute teacher. 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.

  1. Once you have received permission from your principal or administrator to attend the NCSS 100th Annual Conference, simply fill out the online 2020 NCSS First-Timer Scholarship Form.
  2. Tell us in detail how attending the NCSS Annual Conference will support your teaching and benefit your students. This is a competitive application, so please focus on the scholarship criteria.
  3. Be sure to attach a current resume as a Word Document or PDF to the online form where indicated.
  4. Hit the submit button and you are done.

What is the deadline for application?

We encourage you to apply early as soon as the application is online (June 1, 2020), while administrators are still budgeting professional development funds for the 2020–2021 school year.

The deadline for scholarship application is Sunday, September 13, 2020. 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 e-mail indicating the status of your application by October 11, 2020. 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 (

Check back in June, 2020 to submit a scholarship application.

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