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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.

  • Eligibility

    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

    2021: Eric Schlapak, math teacher at Dover High School

    2020: Misty Compton, social sciences teacher at West Running Brook Middle School in Derry, NH

    2019: Kristin Lizotte, Elementary school teacher at Kearsarge Regional Elementary School https://www.3csnh.org/

    2018: Justin Ballou, social science educator at Campbell High School in Litchfield, NH

    2017: Heather Drolet, technology integrator at Christa McAuliffe School in Concord, NH

    2016: Thom Smith, Elementary school teacher at Kearsarge Regional Elementary School in Bradford

    2015: Heidi Pauer, English teacher at Bow High School

    See a complete list of previous award recipients.

  • Application deadline

    Friday, February 12, 2021, 5:00 pm Eastern time
    Online application opens Friday, January 8, 2020

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.

To learn more about the program or receive eligibility feedback, please contact Jessica Kierstead at Jessica.Kierstead@nhcf.org,

Step 2

Prepare your application materials.

The McAuliffe application is available online at ScholarshipSource on January 8, 2021. It is recommended that you prepare your questions and supporting materials (listed below) prior to beginning the online application. Download the following documents:

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 profile on ScholarshipSource.

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 pm Eastern time on Friday, February 12, 2021.

The online application on ScholarshipSource will be available on January 8, 2021. The application can be accessed by emailing Jessica Kierstead at Jessica.Kierstead@nhcf.org.

Step 9

Invitation for a personal interview.

Finalists will be selected in late February 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.

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