This scholarship is named for Ena Gross to honor her dedication to the importance of continuing education. The VCTM Professional Development Scholarship Program supports current VCTM members with two scholarships of up to $2000 each to tuition reimbursement for math education coursework.
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide a teacher seeking a math endorsement to teach middle or secondary mathematics or individual switching careers to teach middle or secondary mathematics financial assistance for tuition reimbursement. The recipient will be reimbursed up to $2,000 for the cost of tuition upon completion of mathematics or mathematics education courses. The courses must be completed within the year in which the recipient applied for the scholarship. The recipient of the scholarship is responsible for submitting a transcript and a receipt of tuition cost to the VCTM treasurer.
If awarded, the recipient of the scholarship is encouraged to share the knowledge gained by participating in this course work with teachers in their local school division or with their local VCTM affiliate. Recipients are also encouraged to share their experience pertaining to this scholarship by writing and submitting an article to the Virginia Mathematics Teacher or presenting at a VCTM conference.
Recipients of this scholarship are only eligible to receive this scholarship once every five years. Submissions will be evaluated in December and again in March. When the scholarship has been awarded, the submission process will be closed for the year.
Applicants are advised that the application must address the following questions:
We are currently accepting applications for the 2023 - 2024 school year.
Apply by December 15, 2023 to be considered in the first wave of reviews. A second wave of reviews will occur on March 15, 2024 if there are remaining scholarships.
2022 - 2023 Ena Gross Grant Awardees
Katherine Garcia-Larner, seeking Old Dominion University's Mathematics Education Specialist Endorsement
This endorsement program leads to a Mathematics Specialist (PK-8) endorsement for individuals with a current Virginia license and a master's degree related to teaching elementary or middle school mathematics. I would like to have the opportunity to help educators differentiate for all students (English Learners, Special Education, and Gifted Students). My goal is to encourage, in our students, a love for mathematics and its benefits. Having an endorsement in mathematics will help me build my capacity and reach this goal.
Stephanie Walsh, enrolled in a Math Leadership Cohort at George Mason University
My hope is that with the knowledge and skills gained from George Mason University, I will be able to become an elementary math coach and help more teachers develop effective math teaching practices.