Award Criteria and Application Process:
The following criteria must be met to apply for the scholarship. Candidates do not need to be a member of NSELA prior to the application. When candidates apply, they must become members of NSELA.

  • Emerging leader role at the school, district, state or informal level for four years or less. The four-year limit is specific to the leadership role and work for which the candidate is being nominated. Previous leadership roles that are very different are not counted in the four years.
  • Submission of an application packet that includes: resume or vita, personal letter with evidence that illustrates emerging leadership, and a support letter from a supervisor.
  • Agree to work with an NSELA mentor until June 1, 2022. Awardees will reflect on how they are applying their NSELA experiences in the Navigator newsletter and online with other scholarship awardees and the mentor.
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If you have questions, contact Rebecca Hite, Awards Chair.


Application Process

Applicants must submit the following: 

  1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (maximum of 2 pages) that includes name, position/title, email, work and cell phone numbers, work and home addresses, educational record of earned degrees with dates and field of study plus any additional formal education, professional development opportunities, previous work experience, any professional memberships and positions in or contributions to those organizations, and presentations related to science education. Optional: special awards or other forms of professional recognition and publications related to science education.

  2. Personal letter with evidence that demonstrates accomplishments with specific examples that illustrate emerging leadership and how the NSELA events (Summer Leadership Institute, webinars, Leadership Summit) would benefit your work (maximum of 2 pages). Include a statement that you agree to work with an NSELA mentor, other scholarship recipients online and write a reflection article for the NSELA Navigator before June 1, 2022. Give one example of what you might contribute to the online learning community.

  3. Support letter from a supervisor or colleague that gives evidence of leadership accomplishments with specific examples and why attendance at NSELA events would benefit your work as a science leader (maximum of 2 pages). The supervisor or colleague should include his/her work title and contact information.

The application process has closed. 

Scholarship awardee(s) will be announced no later than July 1, 2021Scholarship money will be held by NSELA in an account for the awardee to be used only for NSELA events, membership fee or travel for an NSELA in person event.


Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship Awardees


Jonathan Regino, Newton, PA
Dr. Dorothy Holley, Johnston, NC
Dr. Charles Holloway, Montgomery, AL
Ann C. Mulvihill, Garland, TX
Tara Allgood, Allen, TX
Spencer Martin, Kansas City, KS


Candace Penrod - Salt Lake City School District
Charlie Seo - Village Christian School
Christine Benita - Seattle Public Schools
Karen Covil - Lincoln Public Schools
Mark Case - Southern Guilford High


Jennifer Gibson, Texas
Brianna Greco, Nebraska
Amy Hochschild, Ohio
Alyssa Mocharnuk, Massachusetts
Katrina Reno, Mississippi
Dylann Pinkman, Nebraska


Sarah Adumat, Wisconsin
Alfonso Garcia, Oregon
Joe Simmons, Florida
Heather Moll, Arizona
Anissa Angier, Oklahoma
Amy K. Murphy, Ph.D., Alabama


Brennan Brockbank, California
Sephali Thakkar, Connecticut


Holly Steele, California


Bruce Jones, Arizona
Tracey Staley, Florida