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Other Recognition Awards, Contests, and Scholarships Not Administered Through the Department of Education

From time to time the Department receives information regarding awards or contests. This section of the Web site contains information regarding awards or contests administered through other organizations or agencies.


  • Apply or Nominate a Teacher for the $25,000 Fishman Prize
    The Fishman Prize honors amazing teachers with $25,000 and the chance to share their knowledge with educators nationwide. Applications and nominations are now open for TNTP's $25,000 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice, which recognizes exceptional teachers working in high-poverty public schools.

    Last year, over 820 teachers applied and thousands more were nominated. Four winners received $25,000 each, gained national recognition, and participated in a stimulating summer residency where they collaborated on a collection of essays about their teaching strategies.

    You don’t need to be nominated to apply for the Fishman Prize, but nominating is an easy way to show a teacher they matter. Take a few seconds right now to nominate a great teacher at The final deadline is December 16, 2014. For more information go to

  • The Presidential Scholars Program
    The Presidential Scholars Program was established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and since that time has honored more than 6,500 outstanding high school seniors. The mission of the program is to recognize and honor superior high school seniors and thereby to encourage high attainment among all students. Under the Executive Order establishing the Presidential Scholars Program, students are selected on the basis of outstanding scholarship. Until 2012 nominees have been invited to apply for Presidential Scholars recognition based solely upon SAT or ACT scores.

    For the 2012 program, the Presidentially-appointed Commission on Presidential Scholars initiated a pilot program to expand the nominee pool by inviting each Chief State School Officer (CSSO) to nominate two students from his or her state—one male and one female—based on their outstanding scholarship and promise of future success. For the 2013 program the request was expanded to six students, three males and three females, in order to explore ways to enhance, expand and create a deeper nominee pool, to better fulfill the mission of the Executive Order. For the 2015 program year they are expanding the nominations of up to ten students, five male and five female.

    We encourage you to nominate a student who, while demonstrating outstanding scholarship, might not otherwise be nominated through the current SAT/ACT or arts recognition processes. All high school seniors graduating between January and June of 2015, who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, who attend public, parochial, or independent schools, as well as those who are home-schooled, are eligible.

    It may be helpful to consider the following questions as you contemplate the selection of your nominee:

    1. What about the student makes him or her stand out as having outstanding scholarship?
    2. What special challenges or hurdles has this student overcome while still achieving high academic success?

    If you would like to nominate someone please submit a brief statement based on the information above to Lori Temple at, no later than Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Please include the nominees home address and the High School CEEB code.

    All nominees will be added to the larger pool of nominees, announced and invited to apply in mid-January 2015. In addition it may be useful for you to know that the Commission on Presidential Scholars will be considering the following categories when reviewing applications.

    • Involvement and Service (in school and community)
    • Leadership and Character
    • Writing samples
    • Academic achievements
    • Discretionary points for extraordinary achievement, heavy work load, family responsibilities or obstacles overcome.

    To learn more about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and the Commission on Presidential Scholars please go to

  • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
    Now through November 4, 2014, students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level. The program's goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. To apply or for more information go to
  • The National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF) annually honors five teachers who have demonstrated commitment and dedication to teaching our nation's children. Anyone can nominate a teacher by completing a nomination packet. Candidates must hold or have held a valid teaching certificate. The nominee must have at least 20 years experience teaching in grades preK-12. For further information visit the NTHF Nominations must reach the NTHF office no later than the first business day of the year in which the selection is to be made.


  • Letters About Literature 2014
    A $1,000 cash award is the national prize in Letters About Literature, a writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and coordinated in New Hampshire by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library. To enter, readers in grades 4-12 write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves. State winners will advance to national competition and the first-place winner for New Hampshire at each of three competition levels will receive a $100 cash prize. Deadline for entries at Level III (grades 9-12) is December 15, 2014. All other entries must be postmarked by January 15, 2015. To obtain the required entry coupon visit While you’re there, sign up to get email updates on the NH competition and check out the complete entry guidelines and winning essays from previous years.
  • Take the Teacher Challenge
    The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and Dow have come together to support STEM education in our schools. STEM education is absolutely vital for our children and our future. We need to encourage children to pursue science, technology, engineering and math related fields. Our real challenge lies in how to achieve our goal of improving STEM education. Teachers of all fields are invited to submit their ideas for increasing STEM education in the classroom. The Fall Teacher Challenge began on August 4, 2014 and the deadline for all submissions is October 31, 2014. The top 50 entries will earn a $1,000 grant. Visit to submit an entry.
  • What's So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest
    Aimed at introducing middle school students to advanced manufacturing, the What's So Cool About Manufacturing? Video Contest partners participating schools with a local manufacturer to produce a video that explores career opportunities in manufacturing, how the industry has changed and its importance to New Hampshire’s economy as the state’s largest industry. Students and their advisers can begin working with a local manufacturer on the video at the start of the 2014-2015 school year and must submit their projects by December 1, 2014. This initiative is a partnership with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Governor’s advanced Manufacturing Education Council, and has the endorsement of the State Board of Education. Teachers interested in taking part can get more information on partnering with a local manufacturer, as well as video contest rules, at or by contacting Lorna Colquhoun, Division of Economic Development at (603) 271-2341.


  • The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program seeks high-achieving high school seniors with financial need for its College Scholarship Program, the largest undergraduate scholarship in the nation. Selected students receive college planning support, ongoing advising, and up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate institution. If you know students who stand out for their exceptional academic abilities and achievements, persistence, leadership, and desire to help others, please encourage them to visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s website to learn more. The application closes on November 4.

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