Educator Awards & Scholarships
The Alliance for Education administers awards and scholarships that celebrate excellence among educators and students. To learn more about these awards send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Thomas B. Foster Award for Excellence recognizes and honors two outstanding Seattle Public Schools principals who have demonstrated success in promoting educational justice and racial equity at their school. The selection process considers colleague and community nominations, school data, and principal commitment and effectiveness. Principals must have served at least three years in their current school to be eligible for the award. All recipients are publicly recognized and awarded a $25,000 grant to be utilized at their school. The award commemorates Thomas B. Foster, a prominent Seattle attorney who displayed a strong personal commitment to public education. See our previous Foster Award recipients here!
The Margaret Covey Excellence in Teaching Award is given on an annual basis to a Seattle Public Schools librarian that exemplifies the qualities and values that distinguished Margaret Covey’s teaching career. A stipend of $1,000 accompanies each award, and it can be used at the librarian’s discretion. This award honors Mrs. Margaret Covey, who was a passionate and outstanding teacher in the Seattle Public Schools for over 30 years. See Margaret Covey Excellence in Teaching Award recipients here!
The Philip B. Swain Excellence in Education Award is given annually to up to six teachers in Seattle Public Schools who promote educational justice and racial equity at their school. Nominations are open to teachers and counselors who: teach in grades 6-12, have been with the district for at least three years, and teach at schools where the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-lunch has been 40% or higher for at least two of the past three years. A stipend of $1,000 accompanies each award, and may be used at the awardee’s discretion for continuing professional development, for travel associated with such development, and for classroom projects or supplies. Colleagues, principals and other administrators can nominate teachers and counselors for the award. The award honors Mr. Philip B. Swain, a former teacher who was a passionate advocate for public education throughout his life. See Philip B. Swain Excellence in Education Award recipients here!
The Nicholas Sherburne Scholarship Fund celebrates distinguished graduates of Franklin High School who have been active participants in the Academy of Finance program and plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Recipients receive $1,000 to further their studies. The award was established in the memory of Nicholas Sherburne, a promising Franklin High School student whose life was cut short in 1995. See Nicholas Sherburne Scholarship Fund recipients here!
The Adrienne Weaver Science Teaching Award is given on an annual basis to a Seattle Public School teacher in grades K-8 who has been with the district for at least three years. Teachers who are nominated must come from schools where the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-lunch has been 40% or higher for two of the past three years. This award was established to honor Ms. Adrienne Weaver, a former educator who had a love for teaching and science and believed in hands-on learning. See Adrienne Weaver Science Teaching Award recipients here!