Award and Scholarship Opportunities


ChasiDolly Partonng Rainbows Award:  The Chasing Rainbows Award is given annually by Dolly Parton to a teacher who has overcome adversity in becoming a teacher.  The awardee spends a week as the guest of Parton at Dollywood and his/her name is inscribed on a plaque inside Parton’s Chasing Rainbows Museum.  NNSTOY selects the annual recipient.

Chasing Rainbows Award -- Information and Application

For more information, please contact Pat Jordan at [email protected].


1. NNSTOY Family Scholarship 

The NNSTOY Family Scholarship, given to an NNSTOY member’s relative, who is, or is about to become, enrolled in college within the United States as a full-time student seeking a teaching certificate or a graduate degree in education, and who has demonstrated both ability and need.

Applications must be postmarked by April 10.

Please direct questions to Pat Jordan at [email protected]


2. Kay Battista Scholarship Information and Application 

Kay is a late NNSTOY member whose family helped the organization to establish a memorial fund as part of Kay’s legacy.  The scholarship is awarded to a high school senior, or a college undergraduate, or a graduate student seeking a first time teaching certificate, or a graduate level degree in education.

 Applications are due by April 10.

Please direct questions to Pat Jordan at [email protected]  


3. John Quam Scholarship

This scholarship is given to honor Jon Quam’s persistent dedication to the State Teacher of the Year Program. We fund a $1,000 annual scholarship to help defray expenses from attending our annual national teacher leadership conference. The recipient of the Jon Quam Scholarship will be determined annually through a random drawing of conference registrants. To receive the scholarship, a member must be registered for the national conference prior to the date of the drawing. Members will be notified of the drawing (and the scholarship winner) each year.


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