These awards were created in 1990 to honor elementary, middle, and high school teachers who share their energy and enthusiasm for science through creative and innovative methods to cultivate student interest in medicine and science.
Each year, TMA's Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching recognize and reward school teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. These teachers share their energy and enthusiasm for science with their students every day, thereby sparking students' interest in science.
Grand Prize: One Texas science teacher will receive $20,000 plus a $5,000 resource grant for his or her school science curriculum.
Distinguished Awards: Three teachers (one at each level) will receive $7,000 and a $3,000 resource grant for their schools.
Rookie Award: A teacher with less than seven years of experience will receive $5,000 plus $2,000 for his or her school.
IMPORTANT: Cash awards are generally taxable to the full extent permitted by law. Please reach out to your own tax advisor regarding your specific tax questions.
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TMA continues to receive an outstanding number of nominations and applications for this distinguished award program. Learn more about the Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching.
About the Award
To make a tax-deductible donation to the TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching Program, visit the TMA Foundation. For more on the programs the foundation funds, contact Lisa Stark Walsh, TMA Foundation, at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1666, or (512) 370-1666.
For more information regarding the award and application process, please contact:
Attn: Science Teacher AwardTexas Medical Association 401 W. 15th St.Austin, Texas 78701-1680
(512) 370-1300, ext. 1606 or ext. 1608
Email: Science Teacher Award
The TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching are funded by the TMA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of TMA, thanks to an endowment established by Dr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Butler of Austin.
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