Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical


Each year, the Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical awards a year-long leave of absence to an exceptional New Hampshire public school teacher. The sabbatical provides the teacher with the time, space, and funding to explore, through a self-designed project, new ideas and ways to enhance classroom teaching.


Please refer to the Sabbatical Eligibility and Terms document to determine your eligibility.

Grant Amount

Equivalent to a full year’s salary plus FICA and project expenses up to $12,000.

Previous Recipients

2012: David Hobbs, English teacher at Winnaucunnett High School in Hampton, NH

2013: Deborah Sringhorn, Humanities teacher at Lebanon High School

2014: Michael Alberici, Music teacher at Maple Street School in Hopkinton, NH

2015: Heidi Pauer, English teacher at Bow High School

To see a complete PDF list of previous award recipients, click here

Application Deadline

Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

Application and Grant Process

Step 1: Learn more about the program and determine eligibility. Read the Sabbatical Eligibility and Terms document to determine your eligibility.

Step 2: Prepare your applications materials. In 2016, the McAuliffe application is moving to our online scholarship application portal. Download the following documents:

It is recommended that you prepare your questions and supporting materials prior to beginning the online application. Applicants will be able to copy and paste essay answers into the application.

Step 3: Prepare your project budget. It is recommended that you create this document in MS Excel. Need help? Download our Writing a Good Budget document.

Step 4: Collect three letters of recommendation.

Step 5: Complete the Verification and Consent Form. Download the Verification and Consent Form. Prepare and obtain approval (and signature) from your superintendent.

Step 6: Prepare additional supporting materials. Applicants are also required to provide a resume that details professional, volunteer and civic activities and accomplishments for at least the past five years. Other materials/documents that support your proposal may be submitted.

Step 7: Log in or create new online profile. Simply go to ScholarshipSource and sign in or click on “First Time Users Create Account” to create an account.

Step 8: Complete online application by 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The online application in now available. The application can be accessed by emailing Gale Dean at

Step 9: Invitation for a personal interview. Finalists will be selected in early March and invited for an interview with the selection committee in March.

Step 10: Receive funding. If your project is funded, you will be notified in late-March.

Step 11: Report. At the end of your funding period, complete and submit a final grant report (including a final metrics form reflecting actual project accomplishments) to In the subject line, write “McAuliffe-Project Name, Grant Number.”


Contact Gale Dean, Senior Grants Associate at 800-464-6641 ext. 220 or


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