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National Conferences on Science Education


Preservice and New Teacher Scholarship

NSTA is providing a limited number of scholarships to cover the conference registration fee. Recipients of this scholarship are responsible for paying travel, accommodation, and other expenses associated with attending the conference. Scholarship funds are limited.

  • Preservice teacher or a new teacher who is in their first five (5) years of teaching at a preK through grade 12 institution
  • NSTA member or must have a complimentary NSTA account
  • First-time NSTA conference attendee



What does the conference registration cover?

The scholarship covers the registration fee for the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in New Orleans, November 6-9, 2024. Hotel and travel are not included as part of the scholarship.

Why was the NSTA Preservice & New Teacher Scholarship created?

The intent of the scholarship is to support educators who could not otherwise attend the NSTA conference due to funding limitations to take advantage of this premier professional development opportunity.

Who can apply?

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Preservice teacher, or
  • Be a new teacher who is in their first five (5) years of teaching at a preK through grade 12 institution
  • NSTA member or have a complimentary NSTA account

Priority will be given to applicants who

  • have an NSTA membership
  • are conference presenters (those who have submitted proposals)

If your district has committed to funding your registration, please do not apply.

How do I apply?

Apply here by September 13, 2024.

What is the deadline to apply?

Applications will be accepted until the scholarship funds have been exhausted through September 13, 2024. Applications are awarded on a rolling basis – first come first served

Can I get a refund if my registration has already been purchased?

No, NSTA will not refund registrations that have been pre-paid. The scholarship is intended for those educators who have minimal financial resources to support the cost of registration.

How will I find out if you have received the scholarship?

Check your inbox and junk mail: If you're selected for the scholarship, you'll receive a crucial email from NSTA. Be sure to check your junk mail folder in case it gets misdirected.

Redeem your one-time code promptly: The email will contain a unique code that you must use within the specified timeframe to activate your scholarship. Don't miss this important step!

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Contact the NSTA Preservice & New Teacher Scholarship Coordinator: Michelle Phillips at


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