Awards & Scholarships
North Carolina is home to outstanding educators, students, business partners, and community members in gifted education. These advocates truly understand the importance of centering our gifted students in their academic opportunities, and building the future together!
The North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented wants to help celebrate all their hard work, dedication, and support at this year’s 49th annual NCAGT conference. If you know of someone in the North Carolina gifted education community who you feel deserves recognition for his or her dedication and involvement, please scroll down the page to find the available scholarship, award, and mini-grant opportunities. Click on the name of each opportunity to find more details on selection criteria and the award. Click on the application to submit your nomination or application. We also invite you to consider donating to our scholarship fund with the QR code below!
Please contact the Awards Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions about the applications or submission process. The application period opens early October and will close at midnight on Friday December 15th.
Student Scholarship Awards are presented to K-12 students who currently qualify as academically and/or intellectually gifted according to local guidelines. Applicants must be sponsored by a current NCAGT or PAGE member. The amount and number of scholarships will be decided annually at the initial budget planning session of the NCAGT Board.
2024 Student Scholarship application
The Leadership Through Service Award is presented annually to a student enrolled in grades 7-12 who demonstrates distinguished leadership through service. The student named as Leadership Through Service Award recipient will receive a check and a NCAGT Certificate of Excellence.
2024 Leadership Through Service Award
The Susan Keel Lamar Student Scholarship Award is presented annually to two students (one K-5 and one 6-12) who demonstrate distinguished leadership and achievement in visual or performing arts in grades K-12. The students named as the Susan Keel Lamar Scholarship Award recipients will receive a check and an NCAGT Certificate of Excellence.
2024 Susan Keel Lamar Student Scholarship application
The NCAGT PAGE Chapter Award is presented to a PAGE chapter who demonstrates contributions to the well-being of local programs for gifted students, informative programs for parents/teachers, and direct service to gifted students. Past recipients may be nominated again for the PAGE Chapter Award.
2024 PAGE Chapter Award application
The Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award is presented annually to a student who demonstrates distinguished achievement in academics, leadership, or the arts in grades 3 through 6. A Nicholas Green Distinguished Student winner receives a $250 check, a national letter of recognition, and a Certificate of Excellence from NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children).
2024 Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award application
The NCAGT Lyn Aubrecht Parent of the Year Award is presented to a parent(s) of a gifted child(ren) whose primary involvement is in the role of a parent. The nominee must have worked to promote the needs of gifted children for at least four years. In addition, the nominee should demonstrate other characteristics which indicate the depth of commitment to the education of gifted children, such as membership in and/or leadership of a PAGE chapter, participation in local education committees, and being informed of issues in gifted education.
2024 Lyn Aubrecht Parent Award Application
James J. Gallagher Advocacy Award
The NCAGT James J. Gallagher Advocacy Award is presented to an individual inside or outside the field of gifted education who has been a consistent advocate on behalf of gifted students and a voice for supporting gifted education in North Carolina. Formerly called the “Special Award”, this award was renamed in honor of Dr. James J. Gallagher in recognition of his continued role in advocating for gifted children, their teachers, and their parents. North Carolina and the greater world are in a better place because of his dedication to excellence. Nominations are made by the general membership and the final selection is through a secret ballot by the NCAGT Board of Directors. This award is not presented each year and past recipients may not be nominated for this award.
2024 James J Gallagher Advocacy Award Application
The NCAGT Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Award is presented annually to a North Carolina teacher of gifted children/youth who exhibits a strong commitment to gifted education through professional experience, professional organizations, and/or services in the area of education for the gifted. Recipients will receive a plaque of recognition and complimentary conference registration for the following year. The nominee must be a member of NCAGT, endorsed by the state of North Carolina to teach gifted students, and must not have been a previous recipient of NCAGT’s Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Award.
2024 Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Award application
The NCAGT Outstanding Administrator of the Gifted Award is presented annually to a North Carolina Administrator (Principal, Coordinator of the Gifted, Director of Exceptional Children’s Programs, Supervisor, or Superintendent) who has been an advocate and leader in support of gifted children/youth. The nominee must exhibit outstanding qualities related to gifted education in the areas of teaching, curriculum development and adaption, working with gifted children/youth, working with parents, participating in PAGE activities where applicable, and/or dealing with other staff and administrators. Recipients will receive a plaque of recognition and complimentary conference registration for the following year. Each school district is eligible to nominate one candidate from its system. Nominees must not have been a previous winner of the NCAGT Outstanding Administrator of the Gifted Award.
2024 Outstanding Administrator of the Gifted Award application
Distinguished Service Award
The NCAGT Distinguished Service Award is considered a lifetime achievement award. It is presented annually to a person from the field of education that has made outstanding contributions to the education of gifted children in North Carolina. Nominations are made by the general membership and the final selection is by secret ballot of the Board of Directors. Past recipients and current members of the NCAGT Board of Directors may not be nominated.
2024 Distinguished Service Award Application
The NCAGT Business Supporting Gifted Education Award is presented annually to a business or civic organization that has worked with teachers, students, schools, school districts, and/or other education entities within North Carolina to support gifted education. Eligible businesses or civic organizations include those who support the mission of NCAGT, cultivate strong and sustained partnerships with schools, advocate on behalf of gifted education, and/or provide resources and support to teachers serving gifted students.
2024 Business Award Application
Teacher Mini-Grants are presented to teachers of gifted students for a project directly related to working with gifted students. Applicants must be a current NCAGT member. The amount and number of mini-grants will be decided annually at the initial budget planning session of the NCAGT Board.
2024 Mini-Grant application
Each year the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented selects a number of deserving students, educators, parents, and administrators to receive scholarships, mini-grants, and awards of recognition for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the field.
Your donation will help us directly impact more students and educators in our state. Individuals and businesses are invited to make a tax-deductible donation in any amount or contact Executive Director Jessica Applegate to sponsor the entire amount of the scholarship of your choice.