2023 Leo Seal Innovative Teacher Grant Applications Available Online


CONTACT: Paul Maxwell, Hancock Whitney or Christen Duhé, Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Excellence in Education Awards honor top teachers and fund creative learning projects

GULFPORT, Mississippi (Nov 2, 2022)—Applications for Leo W. Seal Innovative Teacher Grants 2023 are now available online at https://www.mgccf.org/grants. The application deadline is January 13, 2023.

Funded by Hancock Whitney and administered by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation (GCCF), the Seal Grants reward up to 10 outstanding teachers with one-time individual grants of up to $2,000 to enable creative teaching proposals that enhance learning experiences students and meeting Mississippi educational requirements. .

Certified K-12 teachers at public and private schools in Mississippi’s eight counties with Hancock Whitney locations – Forrest, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Madison, and Pearl River – are eligible to apply. .

How to register

To apply for the 2023 Seal Scholarships, teachers submit complete project proposals by the January 13, 2022 deadline, detailing how their projects can enhance students’ educational experiences while supporting the state’s curriculum. This year’s application process offers a more streamlined timeline to help expedite the selection of grant recipients and funding to activate winning projects.

“In the past, teachers submitted letters of intent before knowing if they were selected to provide full project proposals,” said GCCF President and CEO Christen H. Duhé. “This year, applicants simply submit their complete and detailed project proposal for review, reducing the time needed to evaluate proposals and select grant recipients.”

The GCCF coordinates the selection of grant recipients by an independent committee made up of business, community and education representatives not affiliated with Hancock Whitney.

Learn more about Seal Grants

Hancock Whitney established the Seal Scholarship Program in 1994 as a permanent endowment of the GCCF Pat Santucci Friends of Public Education program. First presented in 1996, the awards honor the community involvement and leadership of Leo W. Seal, Sr., president of the bank from 1932 until his death in 1963, and his son, the late Leo W. Seal, Jr., the bank’s chief executive for 45 years. Throughout their lives, both men championed countless economic and educational opportunities on the Gulf Coast.

About Hancock Whitney

Since the late 1800s, Hancock Whitney has embodied the core values ​​of honor and integrity, strength and stability, and commitment to service, teamwork and personal responsibility. Hancock Whitney’s offices and financial centers in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Texas offer comprehensive financial products and services, including traditional and online banking; corporate and small business banking; private bank; trust and asset management services; health banking services; and mortgage services. The company also operates a loan origination office in Nashville, Tennessee. More information is available at www.hancockwhitney.com.

About the Gulf Coast Community Foundation

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation is a nonprofit, public charitable organization serving the people of southern Mississippi since 1989. The Foundation’s primary mission is to increase philanthropy by helping donors establish endowments and community plans. legacy gifts, making grants to worthy causes and providing leadership in responding to changing community needs.


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