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Jack Kinnaman Scholarship

The NEA-Retired Jack Kinnaman Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Jack Kinnaman, vice president and former advisory council member of NEA-Retired. In addition, Jack represented NEA-Retired on The NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, and in numerous active and retired local, state, and national association positions. He is most fondly remembered as NEA's Cat in the Hat. Jack cared about students, especially those who were financially impacted and needed a helping hand, and it is his family's wish that the scholarships created in Jack’s honor go to such students.  Scholarships of $2,500.00 will be awarded, and only students who are members of the NEA Student Program are eligible to apply.

Information about the NEA Student Program is available through this link: http://www.nea.org/home/1600.htm

Applications for the NEA-Retired Jack Kinnaman Memorial Scholarship that are mailed first class must be postmarked no later than April 15.  If submitted by overnight courier, the submission package must be received by that date. Electronic submission is not permitted, and all of the following items for the scholarship application must be submitted together in one package:

  • Completed Application Cover Page;
  • List of the NEA Student Program activities in which you participate at the local, state, and national levels;
  • Personal essay of up to 200 words describing your NEA Student Program involvement on the local, state, and/or national level(s);
  • Brief paragraph demonstrating financial need, with explanation on how this scholarship will help you complete your degree in teacher education;
  • Copy of your most recent transcript with evidence of carrying a 2.5 or higher grade point average; and
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation: one (1) from a faculty member or NEA Student Program advisor and one (1) from a non-relative.

Incomplete and/or submissions that do not meet the deadline date will be disqualified.

Mail to:

The NEA-Retired Jack Kinnaman Memorial Scholarship Application
Center for Governance
1201 16th Street, NW, Ste. 519
Washington, DC 20036

Jack Kinnaman Scholarship Application ( MS-WORD, 28KB, 2pgs) 

Your submission must include all the above required material by the deadline date in one inclusive package; incomplete and/or submissions that do not meet the deadline date will be disqualified. Mail to:

Governance & Policy
1201 16th St., NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Attention: The NEA-Retired Jack Kinnaman Memorial Scholarship


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