Grants and Awards

Grant Awards: 2011

SFF Announces 2011 Grants
  • APA Mini-Conference on Philosophy for Children  Learn More
  • High-Phi Project University of Virginia  Learn More
  • PLATO Institute – NYC  Learn More
  • School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL)  Learn More

Grant Awards: 2010

SFF Announces 2010 Grants
  • Columbia University Philosophy Outreach Program
  • University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children
  • Yale University Philosophy Outreach Program
  • New York University – EXCEL Academy

All of this year’s grantees will focus on developing philosophy outreach programs; two will sponsor conferences.


The Columbia Philosophy Outreach Program
will expand its scope both in terms of reaching more area schools and recruiting more graduate student volunteers. It will also sponsor a national outreach conference on October 16, 2010.


University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children
will expand and enrich its Philosophers in the Schools Program, and sponsor more teacher workshops including a summer 2010 conference.

The Yale University Philosophy Outreach Program will develop its successful pilot program into a year-long philosophy class, expand its program to other New Haven high schools and recruit more graduate students to teach the courses.

New York University-EXCEL Academy will offer its students an opportunity to take an online logic course taught by Dr. David Velleman. The EXCEL Academy is co-sponsored by the Steinhardt School and Children’s Aid Society and is supported by a grant from the Teagle Foundation as well as SFF.


Grant Awards: 2009

The Squire Family Foundation has announced the following grants for 2009. Read the press release.


The Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania
will develop a self-contained, all-inclusive curriculum materials designed for high school teachers which will be offered, free of charge, online. The Center will create a virtual presence advancing the teaching of bioethics in secondary schools.

Imagine Magazine, a publication of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth, will devote its March/April 2010 to philosophy for pre-college students. Funds from SFF will underwrite a dramatically expanded digital edition and online presence, and help create a data bank of interested teachers and students.


Miss Porter’s School
in Farmington, CT, will develop a “Philosophy Professor in Residence” program. During a week’s visit, the visiting philosopher will discuss the philosophical underpinnings of each discipline, and encourage young women to consider careers in philosophy.

Mt. Greylock Regional High School, working with Williams College, in Williamstown, MA, will offer a one-year philosophy course that will focus on critical thinking and logic. The two schools will also work on developing innovative programming, including a school-wide assembly, that will highlight the ways colleges and universities can work with area elementary and secondary schools to introduce younger students to philosophy, and college students to careers in education.

Mt. Holyoke College philosophy professor Thomas Wartenberg continues to use his grant to train his undergraduate philosophy students to “do” philosophy with elementary school. As of September 2009, they will be working at both the Martin Luther King Charter School of Excellence in Springfield, MA; and the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Northampton, MA. In addition to expanding his website, he is also planning a mini-conference at the American Philosophical Association’s Pacific Division meeting in 2011 on “Teaching Children Philosophy.”


In September 2009k, the University of Memphis philosophy department
hosted a 3-day conference as part of its “Philosophical Horizons” program during which experts in the field of philosophy for children introduced this work to the Memphis public school community. Dr. Gareth Matthews was the keynote speaker; Tom Wartenberg, who is in the second year of his three-year SFF grant, also spoke.


The University of North Carolina philosophy department
will use its grant to underwrite a graduate student coordinator for its pioneering Philosophy Outreach program, now in its fifth year. This will help the program expand to meet increasing demand.


NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
, in conjunction with NYC’s Children’s Aid Society, will run EXCEL, a program that will focus on improving students’ writing skills through philosophical inquiry, in the hope that this will prepare students for success in college. This program was made possible through a grant from the Teagle Foundation.

Notable Grants: 2008

Read the press release.

Dr. Thomas E. Wartenberg, professor of philosophy at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, was awarded a three-year grant to continue his work on philosophy for children.

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The Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University was awarded a grant for curriculum development. They will prepare, test and distribute an all-in-one curriculum guide for an ‘Introduction to Philosophy’ course, which will be available on the Squire Family Foundation website in 2011.

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