The Sarah G. Ball Education Award will be granted to a senior at Washington and Lee University who has completed coursework in the field of education (EDUC 200: Foundations of Education as a minimum) or significant fieldwork (a minimum of three credit hours of EDUC practicum) or student teaching in Lexington, Buena Vista, or Rockbridge County schools, and pledges after graduation to secure a teaching position in elementary or secondary education serving impoverished communities and/or students in the United States or abroad.
The purpose of the Ball Award is to encourage W&L students to:
The award winner and alternate will be selected based on three criteria:
The recipient of the Sarah G. Ball Education Award will receive recognition at Washington and Lee University's graduation and a $4,000 salary supplement for the first year of teaching, renewable for a second year. In order to receive the salary supplement, students must be employed by a private or public school that satisfies the criteria as serving disadvantaged students and/or communities. In the past, award winners have used the money for a variety of needs, such as school supplies for their students, tuition for graduate courses in education that they are completing while teaching, and for general expenses because of a low teaching salary.