A. Harry Passow Classroom Teacher Scholarship

For teachers of grades K-12 who have shown excellence in teaching gifted students, the ability to meet the needs of gifted students, and a commitment to furthering the development of their teaching skills.  The scholarship is designed to reimburse/defray the costs of continuing education for up to two eligible teachers currently teaching gifted students in a variety of educational settings ranging from homogeneous or full-day special class to a heterogeneous classroom.

Submission Checklist

The NAGC national office will make every effort to contact those who have nominated a colleague to let them know of any missing materials, provided the nomination packet arrives at least two weeks before the deadline.

Materials may be submitted either by the teacher (self-nominations are encouraged) or another nominating party.

  • One letter of nomination that details the nominee's exemplary work with students and why he or she would be an appropriate recipient of the award.
  • Two letters of recommendation (from other than the person submitting the nomination), one from each of the following: (1) a parent of a student with whom the teacher has worked or from a former student, and (2) the nominee's principal/supervisor or from a current teaching colleague.
  •  Evidence of acceptance at an accredited college or university into one of the following: (1) a degree program in gifted education, (2) a certification program in gifted education, or (3) a set of graduate-level courses that would develop or further skills in working with gifted students.
  •  A summary of the work the nominee intends to pursue outlining the cohesiveness of the coursework and when the coursework will be taken.
  •  Vita and/or supporting documents for the nominee.

Selection Criteria

Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching as documented through:

  • Anecdotal evidence from students, parents, principal, and/or peers.
  • Evidence of admittance to an accredited graduate program in gifted education or a certification program in gifted education, or a cohesive program of study.


  • An individual may receive this award once.
  • The nominee must be a member of NAGC for at least one year.
  • The nominee agrees to write a short article for Teaching for High Potential.  
  • The nominee agrees to supply an official transcript that documents the courses taken.
  • The winner(s) will receive half of the scholarship when the award is given and the remaining half when the article and transcript are received.
  • No more than two scholarships will be awarded each year.


The recipient(s) of the award and the other applicants will be notified of the decision in writing no later than August 31. The award recipient will receives a scholarship ($2,000) in two installments; $1,000 after the NAGC Convention in November and the balance upon receipt by NAGC of the transcript and THP article