One scholarship of $750 is awarded annually to the teacher who best exemplifies the dedication to the principles and high professional standards of Helen and Edward Brancati.

Who May Apply:

  1. Any teacher employed by an accredited school in the United States.
  2. Classroom teachers seeking post graduate education, or needing funds for required continuing education classes, workshops or conferences as well as for certification courses. Applicants may not use this scholarship money for post graduate classes that will lead to an administrative position removing them from the classroom.
  3. The applicant must be a U.S. Citizen.

Criteria For Selection:

The grant is awarded on the basis of the applicant demonstrating the ability to create an atmosphere of learning for students across the broad spectrum of a mainstream classroom.

Candidates must:

  1. Show proof of employment.
  2. Provide a copy of their Teaching Certificate.
  3. Provide written evaluations from their school principal and one other person who supervises them in the
    classroom (i.e. department head, assistant principal, district representative). Outline your plan for how these funds will be used to increase your professional development or enhance your classroom.
  4. Provide an original essay of approximately 500 words as to why you became a teacher and how this scholarship will benefit you and your future students.
  5. If the applicant is currently enrolled in a post graduate program, proof of enrollment or their most recent transcript must be provided.

Selection Process:

After the initial review of the applications to assure that they are complete each applicant’s letter of recommendation, essay and any other materials the candidate has provided will be evaluated. The scholarship will be awarded directly to the university or educational institution that the recipient will be attending for post graduate or certification courses.

If in the sole opinion of the trustees of the grant, no applicant meets all the criteria, a recipient will not be selected.

Application Procedure:

A complete application consists of seven parts:

  1. A completed, signed formal application
  2. Two written evaluations – one from their principal and one from another qualified supervisor
  3. Proof of employment
  4. Copy of Teaching Certificate
  5. Outline of how you plan to use these funds
  6. A written 500 word essay
  7. If the applicant is currently enrolled in a post graduate program, proof of enrollment or their most recent transcript must be provided.

Application must be received between September 1 and October 31

All submissions must be postmarked by 11:59 PM of October 31.

All Application Must Be Submitted To:

The Community Foundation
Helen & Edward Brancati Teacher Development Scholarship
1405 SE 47th Street, Unit 2
Cape Coral, FL 33904

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For more information contact:

Beth Rivera
Operations Manager
The Community Foundation
(239) 542-5594