Awards and Scholarships

 AASA award and scholarship programs recognize excellence, profile best practices in public education and honor leaders from inside and outside the field of school administration whose contributions have made a significant impact on the lives and learning of children.  

 Nationally Recognized AASA Awards  

AASA National Superintendent of the Year
The National Superintendent of the Year program, sponsored by ARAMARK, AASA and VALIC, pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead the nation’s public

AASA Women in School Leadership Award
AASA Women in School Leadership Award pays tribute to the talent, creativity, and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools. 

American Education Award
This award honors citizens who serve as role models and teachers to others.

Architectural Awards 
In partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), AASA bestows two awards, the Shirley Cooper and Walter Taylor awards, on two projects that exemplify outstanding design and educational purpose.

Distinguished Service Awards 
Distinguished Service Awards are given annually to retired AASA members who exhibit exemplary leadership throughout their careers and who have enhanced the profession of school administration.

Educational Administration Scholarship Award 
AASA’s Educational Administration Scholarships were created in 1949 to provide incentive, honor and financial assistance to outstanding graduate students in school administration who intend to make the school superintendency a career.

Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award
This award honors AASA members who have advanced the status of women and minorities in education.

Leadership Through Communication Award
This award, sponsored by AASA, the National School Public Relations Association and Blackboard Connect, honors those who recognize that communication is a critical component of leadership and who exhibit an ongoing commitment to incorporating communication into their strategic thinking and their daily operations. K-12 public school system superintendents and their public relations/communications professionals are eligible.

Urgent Need Mini-Grant Program
AASA created this program to help public school districts meet the urgent health, mental health, education and social service needs that impact children and their families.

Awards and Recognition Programs for Schools, Students, Teachers and the Community

AASA is committed to informing members of other worthwhile opportunities for schools, students, teachers and the community.


For more information, contact Bernadine Futrell - Director, Awards and Collaborations at

If you are interested in sponsoring one of the listed above awards, contact Heidi Schmidt - Director Corporate and Strategic Alliances at 703-875-0761 or