GIFT Grant

Applications for the 2001 Growth Initiatives for Teachers (GIFT) Program--a $15,000 Grant for Secondary Science and Math Teachers -- Are NowAvailable

Through the GIFT Grant Program, the Verizon Foundation Promotes Excellence in Math and Science Education.The GIFT Grant Is Now Available in All 50 States, as Well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.


GIFT is a grant program for public and private school math and science teachers, grades 7 to 12, across the nation and in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The GIFT grant program was established by the GTE Foundation to promote the integration of math and science in the classroom, to encourage the innovative use of technology in education, and to provide recognition and new opportunities for outstanding teachers.

Each year, Verizon awards GIFT grants to 70 teams of one math and one science teacher from the same secondary school who have developed school enrichment projects that integrate math and science and use technology inan creative way.

Each winning team shares a $15,000 GIFT grant -- $8,000 to implement the school enrichment project and $7,000 ($3,500 each) for the participating teachers to pursue professional development activities.

This year, 140 educators will join more than 2,000 of their colleagues across the country who have benefited from the $12 million in GIFT grants awarded since 1983.

Interested teachers who would like to receive an application by mail are encouraged to call 800-315-5010 or send e-mail to Applications are also available online at

Deadline for submissions is January 12, 2001.


To apply for the 2001 GIFT grant, team members jointly submit a proposal and budget for a school enrichment project that must be based in the team's classrooms or school and directly involve both math and science students for the 2001-2002 school year.

Also as part of the application, team members submit proposals and budgets for individual professional development activities that directly support implementation of the school enrichment project and address their own needs for professional growth, especially regarding technology in education.

Grant recipients (known as GIFT Fellows) are selected by a panel of mathematics and science educators under the guidance of the Educational Testing Service and the Verizon Foundation, which administers and funds the program.

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