The Florida Reading Association Joye Coy Shaffer Past Presidents Scholarship honors an outstanding beginning teacher in one or more FRA districts. The FRA Administrative Committee shall recommend to the FRA Board the number of districts to receive awards based on the number of qualified applicants. The awards shall be made at a formal presentation at the FRA Annual Conference.
Criteria for selection:
Must be a teacher of reading (ESE, K-12 regular education, or other special reading
program) who has taught fewer than three years.
Must be a member in good standing in ILA (IRA), FRA, and a local or special interest council (if available)
Submit the following items to the Administrative Chairperson:
1. A completed application/nomination form.
2. A resume.
3. Three letters of recommendation from: (a) the teacher’s peer teacher, (b) principal
(including dates of employment), and (c) local council or special interest council.
In the event that there is no local or special interest council available within a reasonable driving distance, a letter from one of the following is acceptable: a department head, a grade level chair, a district personnel, another school administrator.
The award winners shall be given $200 toward expenses to attend the FRA Annual Conference, a ticket to the Book and Author function and may receive complimentary conference registration.
Application must be received prior to August 31. The FRA Administrative Committee chair will review the candidates and make final recommendations to the FRA board for approval at its fall meeting (maximum of one candidate per FRA district). Send the application to:
The downloadable application form is in Portable Document Format (PDF) and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free of charge from Adobe.
Joye Coy Shaffer Past Presidents Scholarship
2014 Danielle Nowosiadlo Rock Crusher Elementary School, Homossasa
2013 Megan Jones Inverness Primary School, Inverness
2012 Laura Steere Sarasota County
2011 Joy Carriger St. Augustine, Fl.
2010 Helen Davis Fort Meyers, Fl.
2008 Joanne Lentino St. Pete Beach, Fl.
2000 Judith L. Carr Brevard County, Fl.
1999 Elyse Mermelstein Pasco County, Fl.
Heather Lynn Mitchell Broward County, Fl.
1996 Gail Infanti Bradenton, Fl.
1993 Michelle Lehmkuler Arcadia, Fl.
1992 Juliette Bouchard Osceola County, Fl.
Laura Manos Citrus County
Christy Williamson Bay County