To improve the quality of teaching by rewarding
exceptional instructors with grants based on meritorious performance.
The instructional staff of public schools in the Amarillo city limits.
There will be no restriction on the academic subject matter being
taught. The purpose of the
grant award is to recognize individual efforts in teaching;
therefore, group applications are discouraged.
Employees or the family of employees of the O'Brien Foundation
directors will not be eligible for grants.
OF THE GRANT:
This grant is intended as a reward for past performance.
Continuing education will not be restricted to formal study.
For example, a history teacher could apply for a grant to travel
in Europe or a chemistry teacher could apply for a grant to do research.
However, OPPORTUNITIES NORMALLY NOT AVAILABLE TO AREA TEACHERS
WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY.
OF THE GRANT:
Grant amounts will not be restricted, but will be judged on
reasonableness and worthiness. The
amount of funds available and the number of worthy applications will
restrict the number of grants.
The foundation board will select the recipients based upon the quality
of past performance as a teacher, the worthiness of the application,
references from peers, administrators and past students and other
relevant criteria to the Foundation's goal.
While all criteria are considered, it is proof of past superior
performance that is weighed foremost in the decision making progress.
An individual interview may be required. As there will be more applications than available funds, lack
of funding does not imply lack of worthiness.
Formal applications must be made stating the nature of the grant
requested, a breakdown of funds, as well as information that would be
pertinent to the qualifications of the individual for the award.
applicant must include a letter of endorsement from one of the
campus principal or support group is limited to one
recommendation per year.
Endorsements may include any criteria relevant to supporting the
teacher as one of exceptional merit.
There is no formal form for the application.
A suggested format would include:
Applications should be submitted to The John and Mary O'Brien
Foundation for Academic Excellence, Box 9598, Amarillo, Texas 79105 or
hand delivered to 800 S. Monroe by February 1, 2000.
Reapplication will be considered; qualified applicants who have
never received a grant are given priority.
Additional questions should be directed to Blake O'Brien at (806) 372-3877 ext. 120 or mailed to P. O. Box 9598, Amarillo, Texas 79105.
Box 9618 Amarillo, TX 79105 * (806)372-3877*120 * Email