Don Cargill STEM Scholar Award

The Don Cargill STEM Scholar Award (formally known as the Georgia STEM Scholar Award) recognizes teachers who are working hard to integrate effective STEM education in their classrooms. STEM Scholar teachers demonstrate a passion and determination to provide students with innovative and challenging STEM experiences. STEM Scholars create an atmosphere of exploration that excites, energizes, and equips their students to pursue enhanced educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

We encourage you to apply as a STEM Scholar or nominate a colleague who you think is deserving of this award. Teachers chosen for this distinguished honor will receive a $500 award to outfit his/her STEM classroom.     


To learn more about Mr. Cargill: Don Cargill STEM Scholar Award Press Release.


A STEM Scholar should be:

  • A teacher who demonstrates a passion and determination to provide students, parents, or educators with innovative and challenging STEM experiences, for example: 
    • Improvements on student success, classroom, school, district, or state STEM data. 
    • Engagement in receiving or delivering STEM professional development opportunities. 
    • Engagement in family or parent activities that promote STEM education. 
    • Engagement with local, state, or national STEM organizations. 
  • A certified classroom teacher in kindergarten through 8th grade. 
  • A dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teacher who is planning to continue in active teaching status for at least two years. 
  • A teacher who inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn. 
  • A teacher who has the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues. 
  • A teacher who can provide at least two letters of recommendation for this award. 

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application below.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation. 
  • Provide a headshot (your school picture day photo will do) of yourself to be used for publicity purposes should you be chosen as a Don Cargill STEM Scholar Award winner. 
  • Use the attached template to provide a concise project spending summary of how you would use the Don Cargill STEM Scholar Award money to benefit your students.

2023 Don Cargill STEM Scholar Applications were due October 14th, 2022.