Send Us Your Emerging Science Leaders for VESELS Program

Region A NSELA Members, This is Don Knox from the national office. I'd like you to encourage deserving three-years-or-fewer science education leaders to apply for the VESELS program. The deadline is April 16, 2018 -- about 10 days from now. Region A is ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, PA, NJ and NY. One VESELS recipient will come from your region, so long as we get applicants! Don't delay ... more details below. * * * NSELA and Vernier Software and Technology are celebrating their second year sponsoring the Vernier Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship (VESELS). This ongoing partnership supports six $500.00 scholarships for emerging leaders, one from each of the six NSELA Regions, to attend the annual NSELA Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) from July 9 – July 11, 2018 in Philadelphia. The Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship was founded with support from Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez who started the scholarship fund in 2014. The partners also celebrate the past year’s awardees: Sarah Adumat, Anissa Angier, Alfonso Garcia Arriola, Heather Moll, Amy Murphy, and Joseph Simmons. — Award Criteria and Application Process — The following criteria must be met to apply for the scholarship. Does not need to be a member of NSELA prior to the application. When a candidate applies, must become a member of NSELA. • Emerging leader role at the school, district, state or informal level for three years or less. The three-year limit is specific to the leadership role and work for which the candidate is being nominated. Previous leadership roles that are very different are not counted in the three years. • Submission of an application packet that includes: resume or vita, personal letter with evidence that illustrates emerging leadership, and a support letter from a supervisor. • Agree to work with an NSELA mentor through June 2019. During the SLI, all scholarship awardees will have meetings with the mentor and share how they will apply SLI learning to their work settings. After six months, awardees will reflect on how they are applying their SLI experience in the Navigator newsletter and online with other scholarship awardees and the mentor. 2018 application deadline: April 16, 2018 More information here: 

The Home Depot Foundation: Community Impact Grants Program

Provides support to nonprofit organizations and public service
agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to
improve the physical health of their communities.
Proposals for the following community improvement activities will
be considered: repairs, refurbishments, and modifications to
low-income or transitional housing or community facilities (SCHOOLS,
community centers, senior centers, etc.); weatherizing or increasing
energy efficiency of low-income or transitional housing or community
facilities [SCHOOLS ...]....
Grants of up to $5,000 are made in the form of The Home Depot
gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.
Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 31,
2018. Online application.

MSSEF Mini-Grants

Building life skills and STEM competencies: Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) and Curious Minds programs.

MSSEF Mini-Grants enable schools and teachers to inspire children through direct engagement in research and invention projects, and the excitement of science fair competition.

Your Mini-Grant will include tuition scholarships to Curious Minds courses for STEM teachers. Learn ways to bring the professional science and engineering practices right into your classrooms and to align with the new MA STE standards.

Apply Now! Rolling Applications - No Deadline

Eligible Schools:  All schools with grades 6-12 in Massachusetts that currently do not offer, OR aim to expand their annual Science and/or Engineering Fair program.

Goal:  Schools develop or expand a sustainable Science Fair program, and teachers bring science & engineering practices into their classrooms.


• Grants up to $1,000 for the first year, and renewable up to $2,500 for a multi-year program.

• Tuition Scholarships of $3,500 for up to 6 STEM teachers to enroll in CMI Courses

• Science Fair consultant to visit your school upon request

• Invitations for Teachers & School Leaders to:

— Join meetings of the MSSEF High School Committee that helps to shape policy and organize the statewide science fair programs

— Attend MSSEF Educator Day (free) at MIT – a look behind-the-scenes at the statewide Science & Engineering Fair for high school students held annually in May.

For more information on how to become a MSSEF Mini-Grant school, email us at: