Impact Educator Discovery Fund

With the generous support of our alumni, Morehead-Cain is pleased to offer a Discovery Fund opportunity for educators in North Carolina who have been celebrated by our scholars and semifinalists for their impact on future leaders.

The Impact Educator Discovery Fund is intended to inspire self-discovery, exploration, skill development, and professional growth. It is modeled after the Lovelace Fund for Discovery, a unique fund that is available to all Morehead-Cain Scholars during their undergraduate years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

We aim to celebrate extraordinary teachers like you, and to enable your continued investment in the young people of our state. We hope that Discovery Fund experiences will be both restorative and productive, and that you will return to work feeling refreshed and prepared to share some element of your summer experience with your students and school community.

Grant Information and Application Process

In 2023, we expect to offer approximately twenty grants of up to $2,500 each. Educators selected for this grant should complete their Discovery Fund projects by December 31, 2023.

Key Dates
Application Release Date: January 31, 2023
Application Deadline: March 3, 2023
Recipients Notified: End of March 2023
Funds Disbursed: End of April 2023

Submission Information
You will be asked to describe the project and its importance to you, as well as how you might bring the experience back to your students and the broader school community.

Discovery Fund Project Examples

To spark your creativity, below are a few examples of how Impact Educators might use a grant of up to $2,500. Please do not feel limited or constrained by the ideas below; we look forward to receiving a proposal that reflects your unique interests and goals.

  • An Advanced Placement teacher might use the grant to attend one or more of the College Board’s summer institutes in his or her subject area.
  • A foreign language teacher might use the grant to travel to another country for a cultural and language immersion experience.
  • A math or science teacher might use the grant to participate in a national conference for subject-area educators.
  • An English teacher might use the grant to attend a creative writing workshop.
  • A social studies teacher might use the grant to visit museums and historic sites throughout the United States.
  • An art teacher might use the grant to participate in an artist retreat or summer course.
  • A teacher of any subject might use the grant to attend a North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) seminar in Cullowhee or Ocracoke.
  • A teacher interested in exploring pedagogy might attend a Writing as Thinking course at Bard College in New York, or a Teaching for Transformation workshop with the DKDK Project.