Service Learning Program Applications & Forms

“I truly believe these service-learning experiences have made me a more effective teacher and have provided students a voice and a chance to show how much of a difference they can make as a citizen, even at a young age.”
-Barry J. Guillot, NBCT | 8th Grade Earth Science, Harry Hurst Middle School


Teachers who would like to participate in the Service Learning Program must apply for an award using the button below.

The criteria to apply is as follows:

  • Grades K-12 from schools in Louisiana and Mississippi are eligible.
  • Any subject area is eligible for participation in the Service Learning Program.
  • Applications for the 2023-2024 school year will be accepted electronically via the STEM Library Lab website between February 1, 2023 – May 5, 2023.
  • Projects are part of a school course or classroom learning; grant awards do not fund extracurricular activities such as school clubs (or the community service projects of a club).


Policies and Requirements for the Service Learning Program are available here. Got questions? Contact the Service Learning Manager, Maria Landrum, at maria[at] or 504.517.3584, ext. 3.

PLANNING FOR SUCCESS – If you would like feedback on your 2023-24 project plan before applying, please submit a completed planning worksheet to by April 7, 2023.

To apply, or for more information about Ready-to-Go projects, email the Service Learning Manager or call 504-517-3584, ext. 3.

Forms for Award Recipients

Changes to Service Learning Project Scope

Any changes made to a Service Learning Award (i.e. – budget, service partner, or curriculum) must be approved BEFORE the changes are made. Use the form below to request approval of changes.

Expenditure Report

All 2022-2023 Service Learning Award recipients must complete an expenditure report that summarizes the service learning project and accounts for funds awarded and spent. The 2022-2023 Expenditure, Evaluation and Reflection Report is due by Friday May 5, 2023.

Principal’s Award Report

All 2022-2023 Principal’s Award Recipients must complete an award report that outlines how the funds were spent. The 2022-2023 Principal’s Award Reports are due Friday May 5, 2023.

Mid-Project Report

Select Service Learning Award recipients must complete a mid-project report summarizing the project’s progress. The report is due before or on Friday December 8, 2022, unless otherwise stated.

WWII Museum Visit Forms

As a thank you for participating in the Service Learning Program, the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation is offering free admission to your students and chaperones to the National World War II Museum. Please read the instructions carefully before completing the form.

Application Support

If you’re excited to apply but need support writing the application deciding on a quality project, we’re here to help. Start by attending an upcoming workshop, or reviewing the resources below.


Service Learning Workshops are offered regularly during Winter and Spring. The workshops are for teachers, counselors, and administrators interested in applying for service learning awards to implement service-learning programs in their schools. Workshops are virtual and conducted via Zoom and registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting link.

If you would like to schedule a service learning PD session for your faculty and staff, please contact Maria at maria[at] or 504-517.3584, ext 3.

View Workshops

Theme and Logo Art Contest

STEM Library Lab will continue to host The Brown Foundation’s annual art contest. We will select a new theme and logo from artwork created by K-11 service learning students.

Contest Guidelines

  • Limit 1 entry per person.
  • All entries must be accompanied by an entry form.
  • Entries may be submitted online or via mail. For online entries, upload a completed entry form and an image of the art entry. Participants may enter online using the submit form button below. Participants who enter online must keep their original artwork. However, finalists who entered online will be required to send in the original entry. Entries mailed or delivered in-person must be the original art; we will not accept photocopies. Mail the entry and entry form to: STEM Library Lab, 3011 N. I-10 Service Rd East, Metairie, LA 70002. Also, entries will not be returned.
  • All entries must be the entrant’s original work. If any element of an entrant’s entry infringes upon the rights of another person, the entry will be disqualified from the contest.
  • All artwork is to be designed by service learning students. Students in grades K-11 may create a word theme and draw a picture (logo) to accompany the words.
  • The theme should represent what service learning means to its participant. Artwork must include “The Brown Foundation” and “Service Learning”.
  • The artwork must have a border (can be part of a design or in color) with at least a half inch margin outside of the border.
  • The artwork must be on an unlined 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper. Collages, computer-generated artwork, photography, or photocopies will not be accepted. Please use art materials with vibrant, intense colors that produce a saturated composition. Pencil and light crayons do not reproduce well. The artwork will be photocopied and scanned.
  • By entering the contest, participants grant permission for their artwork, name, and photo to be featured on the STEM Library Lab website, social media, and printed materials for promotional purposes.
  • Entries must be RECEIVED by Friday, November 18, 2022. Please allow adequate time for delivery, which may take 1-2 weeks. No entries will be accepted after November 18, 2022.
  • First-, second-, and third-place winners from previous years are eligible to enter the contest again after one year has passed.

Important Dates:

Open submission date: September 14, 2022

Entry Close date: November 18, 2022

Result date: February 1, 2023


If you have questions, please email Maria Landrum at maria[at] or call 504-517-3584.

Previous Art Contest Winners


Service Learning Event

The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation sponsors a Service Learning Kickoff Event every September, and representatives from schools receiving a service learning award are presented with award checks. Past award recipients showcase their service learning projects and service partner organizations, such as the National WWII Museum, Fast Food Farm, and the Nature Conservancy, offer hands-on activities and educational service opportunities for youth.

If you are interested in the Service Learning Program, but need more information, please email Maria Landrum at maria[at] or call 504-517-3584.

Annual Art Contest

The Brown Foundation Service Learning Program sponsors an annual Service Learning art contest for students in grades K-11. The 2023 Theme and Logo Contest winner is Adelaide Friel, a student at Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans!

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Our newsletter provides a list of professional development & grant opportunities, local activities, as well as an update on the goings-on at STEM Library Lab's including updates for the Free-Store.

One to two emails per month.