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Awards to Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York Teachers for Excellence in Teaching and Community Service in Eligible Locations

Kapteyn Prize


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Funding Source
James C. Kapteyn Endowment Fund
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Geographic Focus
USA: Connecticut: The northwest part of Litchfield CountyMassachusetts: Berkshire County and Franklin CountyNew York: The northeast portion of Dutchess County and all of Columbia County

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/24 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Awards to Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York high school teachers to recognize exceptional leadership, excellence in teaching, and commitment to school communities in eligible locations. In addition to their work in the classroom, candidates must serve more than one role within their schools. This may include coaches, dormitory parents, advisors, tutors, administrators, and art directors. Candidates must work in public or private high schools in the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Region or Franklin County, Massachusetts.

The overarching priority of the Kapteyn Prize is to recognize classroom teachers who serve their students in multiple capacities within a secondary school community. A Kapteyn Prize candidate must be first and foremost a classroom teacher of exemplary character, who specializes in a curricular discipline, including those in the visual and performing arts, and technology and agricultural arts. A candidate must also serve his or her students in other important roles within this school community, guiding students in their roles as coaches, advisors, tutors and administrators, art directors, or as dormitory parents.

Winners are expected to use the money to enrich themselves as individuals and thereby as teachers, to stimulate and nourish their own intellects and sensibilities through new experience, for example, study or travel. 

The committee selects the candidate who best meets the vision of the fund and uses the following criteria in its review:

  • Exhibits exemplary character, integrity, honor, and leadership
  • Serves their classroom students in multiple capacities within the shared school community
  • Teaches and guides students by igniting a lifelong love of learning and commitment to personal growth
  • Engages the fullest potential of a student’s developmental trajectories to foster cognitive, social, emotional and physical wellness


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Kapteyn Prize is awarded to candidates who are currently teaching grades 9 through 12, who have made a career commitment to high school teaching of at least seven years, and whose excellence in and passion for teaching and learning inspire their students to excel, in the model of the late James C. Kapteyn.

Principals and Heads of School may nominate an outstanding educator who meets the vision of the fund. Nominations are accepted from schools whose nominated teachers have not received the Kapteyn Prize in the previous three years.

Applications will be invited from teachers in public or private schools in the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation region and Franklin County, Massachusetts.

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation serves a geographic area that includes all of Berkshire County, Massachusetts; the northwest part of Litchfield County, Connecticut; the northeast portion of Dutchess County, New York; and all of Columbia County, New York.

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Berkshire Taconic Region:

Prize winners are discouraged from contributing the money, or goods or services purchased with it, to a third party, as a charitable donation.

Pre-Application Information
Deadline: 2/15/2024 for nominations

Following nomination by a principal or head of school, applications will be invited from teachers in public or private schools in eligible regions. All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on the day of the deadline.

How to Apply:

Number of Grants
The fund provides one or more annual Kapteyn Prizes.

Estimated Size of Grant
$10,000 in prize money will be awarded to a qualified applicant or applicants. The successful candidate’s school will receive a $2,000 grant in the candidate’s honor.

Contact Information
Email Amy Taylor at to nominate an educator.

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
800 North Main Street
Sheffield, MA 01257-9503

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