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Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award




The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, whose mission and objectives are patriotic, historical, and educational, wish to identify, recognize, and commend Outstanding Social Studies Teachers.  These extraordinary educators at private, public, and parochial institutions, who teach our children in a middle or high school setting, will be recognized for actively addressing the history of the American Revolutionary era.  The Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award winner will represent a teacher whose instruction on the Revolutionary War era from 1750 - 1800 demonstrates educational efforts in the classroom that exceed and excel above current, accepted, curriculum requirements.


Award Description:

The Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award winner will be able to choose a trip to one of the following seminars;

  • 1) Freedoms Foundation Summer Teacher Graduate Workshop at Valley Forge, Pa., 
  • 2) Colonial Williamsburg Summer Teacher Workshop in Williamsburg, Va.,
  • 3) Jefferson Symposium at the University of Virginia in  Charlottesville, Va., or
  • 4)  SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution. 

This award, valued at $1,400.00, will reimburse the winner for expenses including tuition, room and board, and transportation.  The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution will provide this professional educational opportunity to an educator who will bring back to the classroom a heightened level of creativity and enthusiasm to their students of the American Revolutionary era.


How to Enter:

The NSSAR invites all American history teachers, whose approved curriculum teaches students about the Revolutionary War era from 1750 to 1800, to apply for the Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award.  The educator must be a teacher at the middle or high school level at a recognized public, private, or parochial institution.

The award program will be conducted in three (3) phases:  Local Chapter, State Society, and National Society.  The applicant must begin the entry process by obtaining an application form (see below) and submitting the completed application through a local SAR Chapter.  The Application form can be found by scrolling down to the bottom of the page.  To locate Local Chapters, applicants can Visit the state contacts page and click on their state website.



  • Applicant Entry Deadline to Local Chapters:  18 December (Suggested)
  • Chapter Entry Deadline to State Societies:  15 January (Suggested)
  • State Societies Candidate Deadline to National Society:  10 February (Mandatory).



Teacher candidates interested in entering the Local Chapter contest must complete the required application and submit a written essay of not less than 500 words discussing the importance of teaching the American Revolutionary era. The essay may also describe any extraordinary teaching techniques or innovative projects utilized by the teacher to teach the American Revolution. The contest is aimed at identifying a teacher who is still actively teaching and who is in the early s