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 recipient(s) of the award and the other applicants will be notified of the decision in writing no later than August 31.