Leo W. Seal Grants Guidelines

LEO SEAL INNOVATIVE TEACHER AWARDS GUIDELINES

PROGRAM PRIORITIES:

  • The Leo W. Seal Innovative Teacher Award committee is interested in supporting educational projects that are creative and innovative. The project should enhance the classroom or school while ultimately benefiting the students, school staff, or a teacher’s professional effectiveness.

FUNDING PROHIBITIONS:

  • Awards are not intended for staff development or professional training.
  • Awards will not be made for the primary purpose of purchasing computers, tablets or other technological devices. HOWEVER, technological devices that are utilized as part of a well-developed and comprehensive program will be considered for funding.
  • Applicants must not have received funding within the past five years. 

GRANTS AWARDS:

  • Up to ten (10) $2,000 grants will be awarded to outstanding educators who submit projects with an innovative approach to helping children learn.

CRITERIA:

  • Educators teaching in either public or private schools in Forrest, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Madison, and Pearl River counties are eligible to apply.
  • Projects will be evaluated based on creativity, innovation, feasibility and potential impact.

HISTORY OF THE LEO W. SEAL INNOVATIVE TEACHER GRANTS:

 

  • Both Leo W. Seal and Leo W. Seal, Jr., were deeply committed to the South Mississippi community and demonstrated this through their leadership and dedication to the progressive development of this region. In November 1993, Hancock Whitney established a permanent endowment at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to support efforts of educators in South Mississippi. Hancock Whitney is proud to pay tribute to these two men through this innovative educational excellence award in their honor.
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