Awards, Grants & Scholarships

Paying tribute to members of our community is integral to the AMS mission.

Every year, through a variety of awards, the American Montessori Society honors individuals who have made exceptional contributions to  the Montessori Movement. We also offer grants and scholarships that provide support for endeavors pertinent to Montessori.

Awards

Living Legacy Award

The American Montessori Society Living Legacy Award is an annual tribute to an individual whose dedication and leadership has made a lasting impact on the AMS community. Your donation in honor of the Living Legacy supports a cherished AMS practice: the awarding of scholarships to aspiring Montessori educators at AMS-affiliated teacher education programs. Meet our current Living Legacy.

Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambsuch Pioneering Award

AMS recognizes individuals who have made significant advances in raising the profile of Montessori education through this annual award. It is named in honor of education visionary and pioneer Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch, whose vigorous efforts were vital to the founding of AMS and the growth of the Montessori Movement. Meet the current recipient of the Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambsuch Pioneering Award.

Dr. Maria Montessori Ambassador Award

This award honors individuals who, through their work in a variety of arenas such as the arts, sports, government, and higher education, are fostering a landscape in which Montessori education cannot only thrive, but flourish. Read about the current recipient of the Dr. Maria Montessori Ambassador Award.

Douglas M. Gravel Benefactor Award

AMS acknowledges those whose generosity has contributed to the sustainability and growth of the organization through an annual award named in honor of the late Douglas M. Gravel, one of AMS’s most consistent and generous benefactors. Doug, along with his wife, Maria Gravel, provided strong and unwavering support to the American Montessori Society from its earliest days. Read about the current recipient of the Douglas M. Gravel Benefactor Award.

Montessori Innovator Award

This annual award honors up-and-coming individuals for their original and inventive contributions to the practice and experience of Montessori education. Read about the current recipient of the Montessori Innovator Award. Recipients demonstrate mastery of the delicate task of introducing new ideas/approaches while remaining ever true to the philosophy and practice as articulated by Dr. Montessori. Read about the current recipient of the Montessori Innovator Award.

Dissertation & Thesis Awards

AMS bestows up to 4 awards per year in recognition of graduate-level research that furthers the understanding of Montessori education. Learn more about our dissertation and thesis awards on our Resources for Montessori Research webpage. And, read about the most recent award recipients in this community announcement.

Grants

Ursula Thrush Peace Grant

These grants help fund projects that promote peace education. They are presented in memory of educator Ursula Thrush, whose dedication to the concept of peace through children inspired many to advance peace education in their classrooms and communities. Learn more about the Ursula Thrush Peace Grant.

Montessori Research Mini-Grants

Grants of up to $3,500 support research that can bring fresh insight to Montessori education. Learn more about mini-grants on our Resources for Montessori Research webpage.

Scholarships

Teacher Education Scholarships

AMS awards teacher education scholarships to aspiring Montessori teachers in support of their professional growth. Those eligible to apply are individuals who have been accepted, are in the process of being accepted, or are already enrolled in an AMS-affiliated teacher education program. You’ll find more details on our Apply for a Montessori Teacher Education Scholarship webpage. And, you can see our most recent scholarship recipients in this community announcement.