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The application submission window for the 2020 "Inspire Our Future" scholarship worth $500 is now open!

The last day to submit applications is April 1st 2020...

Join us in congratulating our past scholarship recipients and see what they have to say about where they find their inspiration...'s "Inspire Our Future" $500 Scholarship! believes that teachers have the power to inspire our future. Your dedication to the field of education is immensely commendable. Whether you are an experienced teacher who is continuing their education, or a teacher candidate who has just begun the process - we want to support you. With that said, is offering a $500 scholarship to help you pay for your education and other associated expenses. Simply fill out the form and answer the question in order to apply. Please see official entry rules.

Past "Inspire Our Future" Scholarship Recipients

2019 Recipient - Marsha Neal

Future Doctor in Education with an emphasis in STEM Student

The motto in my classroom is "Use what you know to figure out what you don't know." This same motto is relevant in my life when it comes to my desire for a Doctor of Education Degree in Leadership, with an emphasis in STEM. All the schools I have taught in have been Title 1 schools, in poverty stricken areas. My goal is to use what I have learned by teaching in Title 1 schools to still figure out what I don't know… discovering even more techniques and strategies in STEM to open up avenues to low-achieving students in poverty stricken areas in order to make them successful.

By the age of 9, I knew I wanted to be a teacher and my 5th grade teacher was my inspiration to go into teaching. It was the first year that a teacher really motivated me, made me love school and encouraged me to excel. During 5th grade, I learned the value of instructional tools in the classroom. I was in the GT afterschool program and was excited about the program because we were going to learn about photography and would be using cameras! Remembering this experience has ignited a passion in me to write numerous grants to receive those "exciting tools" in my classroom, like my math manipulative library, robotic kits, and the three 3-D printers my students are now able to use. My passion to improve the education of my students helped me achieve the distinction of being voted 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year at Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School.

I have started an afterschool robotics program at my school, thanks to over $7000 in
grants I received this year. Next year, I am hoping to leave the classroom as a
math teacher and start a STEM lab in the middle school as part of the Related
Arts program. My desire is to focus on ways to improve the education in poverty
stricken Title 1 schools and allow them function at the same academic ability
as students from larger, wealthier districts. I hope for my
students to finish school and be ready for the future, no matter what the
future holds, and to instill in them a love of learning, which will affect them
for the rest of their lives.

My experience in teaching in poverty stricken Title 1 schools has prepared me to
see education through different types of lenses and has instilled in me a great
desire to help as many children as I can along the way. Children's education
should not be based on where they grew up; they all deserve the chance to
experience STEM activities on a daily basis.

2018 Recipient - Kaitlyn McGoldrick

Current Undergraduate in Early Childhood Education at Ivy Tech Community College

Once I officially become an Early Childhood Educator, I want to be able to inspire my students. I will first do this by making my classroom 100 percent inclusive. Over my high school years, I
worked in a childcare center, that to me, was not 100 percent inclusive.
Children with Autism and behavioral problems were excluded from activities, and
sometimes excluded from childcare all together. This is not okay with me. When
I get my associate degree, and become a head teacher in my own classroom, I
will ensure that everyone is included. I believe that having an inclusive
classroom is very important for inspiring students because children tend to
copy what they see. If they see the teacher treating everyone the same, and including
everyone, then the children will treat their friends with equal respect too.
This is important because there is already so much hate and discrimination in
the world, my students should not have to face that same hate within my
classroom. I want to teach a generation of children that is full of love and
respect, rather than hate and violence.

I will inspire my students to always try their best at whatever they do. I will teach them that their best,
might not be the same as their friends best, but that is okay. We are all different,
and that is something to celebrate. I will model this behavior myself, by
always trying my best and giving my all in whatever I do. Modeling this
behavior is very important, especially in Early Childhood Education because
young children are huge fans of "monkey see, monkey do". If I show them that I always
try my best, then hopefully they will also do the best they can.

I will inspire my students to look at the positives in the world. It seems every day I turn on the news there is a sad, negative news story. I will bring in 5 positive news stories a day, 5 positive
things that are happening in our world. I once read that for every negative
thing that is said/done, there needs to be 5 positive things to counter act it.
If my students can hear positive stories, I hope it inspires them to pay
attention to the good in life. If we focus on the positive than maybe one day
when we turn the news on, there will not be constant negative news stories.

Overall I want to inspire my students to do the best they possibly can in life.
I want them to be excited about coming into the classroom, I want them to be excited about life. I want
them to continue to see the world in a positive light, even as they grow into
middle childhood, and young adulthood. I believe we as teachers have the power
to change a student's life, and I would like to believe, that we have the power
to change the world. Parents entrust us with their babies, and it is our duty
to inspire them to want to change the world too.

2017 Recipient - Abby Burns

Secondary Education - English Specialization Candidate at Southeastern University

Hi, my name is Abby Michele Burns and I grew up in St. Augustine, Florida. I am currently attending Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and I am pursuing a degree in Secondary Education specializing in English. Growing up I had always seen myself as a teacher. After graduating high school, I had huge doubts about what I was going to do with my career. It felt like being a teacher was no longer as fantastic as what I had once dreamed.I got push back from a lot of people I looked up to, saying that teaching was a "last resort" job or that I had more potential than spending my life in a classroom. I decided to stay home and attend my local community college to take some time and decide on what career would be best for me. Soon, it was already the last semester at my community college and after two years I was still scrambling for an idea of where I wanted to be. One day I sat down and told myself to stop wondering and start knowing. I took a few of those silly online career placement tests and one after the other, they all resulted in a career in education. I wasn't surprised. I knew that teaching had been my calling all along but somehow I had been talked out of it. At that moment, I decided to stop fighting against what I knew to be the perfect career for myself. I still get comments to this day about the horror that is teaching and it baffles me the amount of negativity that people see in the teaching career. Yes, it is a tough job. No, it doesn't pay a lot. Yet this is a career that I have been called to and my passion for teaching grows with every passing day.I cannot wait to have a classroom of my own where I can share my passion for learning while influencing the lives of my students in a positive way. I want to be a voice to my students that says their goals are important and worthy of success. My dream is to be a teacher that never loses her sparkle, to remain a light within the world of education. My family has supported me in all my passions and I would not be where I am today without them. I plan on using this scholarship to assist my family in paying for my college tuition in gratitude for their love and support.


2016 Recipient - Lauren Trame

Master's of Education Candidate at Northern Kentucky University

Hello! My name is Lauren Trame and I am a fourth grade teacher. I grew up in Taylor Mill, Kentucky. When I graduated from the University of Kentucky, I decided to come back home and teach in the school district that I grew up in. Both of my parents are teachers and ever since I was a little girl I was running around the hallways of a school. From a young age I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I saw how hard my parents worked every day and how they were affecting their students. I wanted to have the opportunity to have that same impact on my own students. I am completing my first year of teaching and it has been a great learning experience for me. I am excited to continue my education this summer by starting the Master's of Education Program at NKU. This scholarship will help me continue to be a lifelong learner and achieve my goal of obtaining my Master's. I am so grateful to have received this scholarship from!


SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW: will post a question and entry form for candidates to fill out. The form(s) will be found on all applicable pages. Candidates will answer the question with a response of 500 - 700 words. will pick one winner with the best answer among all entrants. Entrants can only apply to one scholarship.

Applicants can major in the following degrees:

CONTEST DURATION: This contest ends on the night of April 1st, 2019 at 11:59pm PST. Once the deadline has passed, no further entries for the contest will be accepted. will announce the winner via personal email to the entrant, on social media, and/or its website within two weeks of the end date of the contest. reserves the right to change any beginning or end dates of the Contest. Note: This is an annual scholarship.

PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are: (1) at least 18 years of age (2) currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States, as listed on the U.S. Department of Education website, available at, (3) students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and (4) entrants who have filled out the entry form on Scholarships are not paid to persons outside the United States. The contest is void in Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories and possessions and where prohibited by law. Entries must be from individuals only; groups, organizations, and multiple-party entries are not eligible. The Contest is governed by United States law and is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Employees of, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies, judges, and members of the immediate family or household of each are not eligible. Immediate family members include parents, siblings or any person residing in the same household as employee.

ENTRY: Entrants must go to to fill out the entry form and answer the question in the space allotted with a 500-700 word response. The answer must be original and must have been created by the entrant; entries that plagiarize the work of others will be disqualified. may verify the eligibility of each applicant; if an applicant is found to be ineligible to enter the contest, their entry will be considered invalid. Entrants must fill out all required portions of the entry form to be eligible for consideration. Limit one entry per person per contest; if an applicant enters more than one time they will be disqualified. reserves the right to verify an applicant's information, the originality of the answer, or any other facet of an applicant's entry if further investigation is deemed necessary. By entering you agree to accept and be bound by these rules. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries.

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