CONCORD, N.H. -- The Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is adding professional development scholarships to its annual award program for North Country educators. The Foundation is accepting applications for both the fellowship and scholarships.

Now in its fifth year, The Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship was established to honor and celebrate North Country teachers in public education. The fellowship is open to teachers of kindergarten through 12th grade in North Country public schools, with a preference for teachers in Coos County public schools.

Each year, the fellowship will provide one to three North Country teachers with awards ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 each. A selection committee will award fellowships based on candidates' commitment to public education, breadth of experience, demonstration of innovation in education, creativity in solving problems, communication skills and ability to inspire educators and students in the North Country.

The 2011 recipients of the Louise Tillotson Fellowship Award were: Nancy Edwards of Colebrook, a fifth-grade teacher at Canaan Memorial School; and Michael Giroux of Berlin, a second-grade teacher at the Milan Village School.

Fellowship applications are available on the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation website at www.nhcf.org/tillotsonfellowship. Completed applications are due Monday, April 16. Applications will be reviewed and a small number of finalists will be invited to a personal interview in May.

The fellowship committee's new scholarship program is for professional development and continuing education for teachers in the North Country. Eligible applicants will work in a North Country public school K -12, with a preference for educators in Coos County. Scholarship funds can be used for continuing education expenses, as well as workshops, tuition, and conferences in support of professional development for North Country educators. Candidates can apply for up to $1,000 by submitting an online application at www.nhcf.org/tillotsonscholarship. The application deadline is April 16 and applicants may be contacted for more information regarding their application.

Louise Tillotson, long-time resident of the North Country, was a self-made businesswoman, world-traveler, and wife of Neil Tillotson, founder of the Tillotson Corporation and owner of The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel. She was also a great supporter of the North Country community and a strong believer in education. Before passing away in 2007, she established the Louise Tillotson Fellowship Fund with the purpose of retaining good teachers in North Country schools and raising public awareness about the value of excellence in education.

"Her interest in the fellowship was to give the teachers in the North Country the opportunity to go and gain skills that they could bring back and pass to their peers," said Ben Gayman, Tillotson's friend and attorney. "She wanted to encourage good teachers to get better and then pass it around."

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation manages a growing collection of charitable funds created by individuals, families and corporations, and awards approximately $30 million annually in grants and scholarships. The Charitable Foundation is non-partisan, frequently playing the role of convener and catalyst on a broad spectrum of issues. Based in Concord, the Charitable Foundation roots itself in the communities it serves through regional advisory boards. More information is available at www.nhcf.org or by calling 603-225-6641.

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