Awards and Grants

High school physics teachers (pre-service and in-service) have a number of awards and funding available to them. Click on the icons below to learn more about opportunities targeted toward K-12 teachers, and those who intend to teach. Learn about additional opportunities for Grants & Scholarships and Awards & Medals.

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PhysTEC Teacher of the Year
The PhysTEC Teacher of the Year program aims to recognize outstanding high school physics teachers who are graduates from PhysTEC institutions. The PhysTEC Teacher of the Year receives all-expenses-paid trips to the AAPT national meeting, the PhysTEC conference, and a $1,000 classroom materials grant. Applications open February 1.


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Student Programs
Barbara Lotze Scholarship
This $2,000, renewable scholarship is for high school seniors or undergraduate students planning a career in high school physics teaching.
High School Teacher Grants
These grants provide AAPT members with a small amount of funds ($100 to $500) to pursue innovative projects in the classroom.
Paul W. Zitzewitz Award
This award is for excellence in K-12 classroom teaching. Winners receive a financial award, expenses paid to attend a national AAPT conference, and the opportunity to give an address at the conference.
The Lipton Fund
This fund is intended to be of particular help to physics teachers new to teaching high school physics whether they recently graduated with teaching credentials, crossed over from another subject area, or changed careers. Apply for this fund in order to facilitate a community building workshop or to purchase classroom equipment.
Barbara Wolff-Reichert Travel Grants
This endowment was created by Jonathan F. Reichert to honor Barbara Wolff Reichert to encourage new high school physics teachers to attend and participate in national meetings of the American Association of Physics Teachers. The grant will fund: travel, lodging, food, and registration (complimentary on a one-time basis for the recipient).

For more details and information about AAPT's K12 Programs, please contact the K-12 Program Manager, at