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, outlined below.

Schools

E Pluribus Unum Prizes
The Migration Policy Institute's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy launched this national awards program, which provides four $50,000 awards annually to exceptional initiatives that promote immigrant integration.

Inspiration Awards
The College Board Inspiration Awards celebrate the extraordinary commitment of educators and communities to their students' futures. Each spring the College Board presents Inspiration Awards in the amount of $25,000 to three of America's most improved secondary schools. Award-winning schools are recognized for their outstanding college preparation programs and partnerships among teachers, parents and community organizations.

Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in Education
Congress established the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award program in 1987 to recognize organizations in the United States for their achievements in quality and performance and to raise awareness about the importance of quality and performance excellence as a competitive edge.

National School Change Awards
This award annually recognizes six schools across America for having " significantly changed." The award is an initiative of the National Principals Leadership Institute and is co-sponsored by AASA.

National Schools of Character Competition
Sponsored by Character Education Partnership through a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and with support from the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, the National Schools of Character competition honors schools for exemplary work in character education.

Walden University “Educator for a Day” Grants
These $5,000 grants to schools highlight the need for more educators and the benefits of choosing the teaching profession.

Students

Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute
Young scholars program seeks 12 top public high school juniors to receive full scholarships to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival. Upon selection of student scholars, chosen through a competitive application process, an educator from each school will also be awarded a full scholarship.

Girls Rock the House
Girls Rock the House is a national initiative for 8th grade girls to get engaged with politics. GRTH is seeking 8th grade girls and group leaders in political districts represented by women of the House of Representatives.

Got 2B Safe! Awards Program
Honeywell and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® created the Got 2B Safe! program in 2003 to address the issue of child safety by arming teachers, parents, and guardians with tools to help keep children safer. The program educates eight- to ten-year-olds and their families on how to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation. The Got 2B Safe! Awards Program recognizes teachers for their leading commitment to child safety.

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar
In September each year, HOBY mails selection materials to every public and private high school in the country encouraging participation in leadership development seminars, which provide great networking and leadership skill development, as well as a focus on community service.

Pi Lambda Theta Awards and Scholarships
Pi Lambda Theta, the international honor society and professional association in education, offers several awards and scholarships for teachers and students.

Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year
This award program, sponsored by USA TODAY and the National Milk Mustache “got milk?” Campaign, recognizes outstanding scholar athletes in grade 12.

STOP Hunger Scholarships
The Sodexho Foundation launched the STOP Hunger Scholarships in 2007. Five students (three K-12 students and two college students) will each receive $3,000 scholarships in recognition of their fight against hunger in their communities. The hunger-related charities they work with will also receive grants from the Foundation.

Student Challenge Awards Program
Earthwatch Institute provides the Student Challenge Awards Program to stimulate the minds of students inexperienced in the sciences. The award offers students fully funded fellowships to participate in scientific research expeditions. Award recipients work and learn alongside inspiring professional scientists; discover how science and technology can advance our understanding of the world; and interact with talented and committed peers and mentors.

Teachers

American Stars of Teaching Program
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, this program recognizes teachers from all grade levels and disciplines who are improving student achievement, using innovative strategies in the classroom, and making a difference in the lives of their students. One teacher is recognized from each state.

Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence
The Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence recognizes excellence in K-12 science teachers. Winners of the program receive a $5,000 award; in addition, their schools receive a $5,000 award to further science-related education. It's a small way to thank science educators for furthering science in the classroom.

Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute
Young scholars program seeks 12 top public high school juniors to receive full scholarships to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival. Upon selection of student scholars, chosen through a competitive application process, an educator from each school will also be awarded a full scholarship.

Bob Costas Grants for the Teaching of Writing
Six teachers of grades six through 12 will win a $2,000 grant for use of innovative methods in developing their students' writing skills.

Educational Seminars for Principals and Teachers
Offers Department of State funded grants for U.S. school teachers and administrators. Exchanges are short term, taking place during the summer, and focus on sharing of best practices and professional development.

Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange Program
Sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange Program exchanges U.S. teachers with educators in over 30 countries. Administrators can participate in six-week shadowing experiences in several countries.

Got 2B Safe! Awards Program
Honeywell and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® created the Got 2B Safe! program in 2003 to address the issue of child safety by arming teachers, parents, and guardians with tools to help keep children safer. The program educates eight- to ten-year-olds and their families on how to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation. The Got 2B Safe! Awards Program recognizes teachers for their leading commitment to child safety.

National Teacher of the Year Award
The National Teacher of the Year Program, a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers, began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching.

Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year
Recognize exceptional classroom social studies teachers for grades K-6, 5-8, and 7-12 who teach social studies regularly and systematically in elementary school settings, and at least half-time in middle or junior high and high school settings.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The White House, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, sponsors the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’s highest honor for mathematics and science teachers. Educators can recognize an outstanding colleague with a nomination for this prestigious award.

Pi Lambda Theta Awards and Scholarships
Pi Lambda Theta, the international honor society and professional association in education, offers several awards and scholarships for teachers and students.

Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award
Awarded annually by the National Environmental Education Foundation to an outstanding 5th-12th grade educator who has successfully integrated environmental education into his or her daily education programs. A $5,000 cash award is provided for the recipient to continue their work in environmental education.

Teaching American History Grant Program
The program, funded under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, is designed to raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge and understanding of and appreciation for traditional U.S. history. Grant awards will assist local educational agencies, in partnership with entities that have content expertise, to develop, document, evaluate and disseminate innovative and cohesive models of professional development. By helping teachers to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of U.S. history as a separate subject matter within the core curriculum, these programs will improve instruction and raise student achievement.

Counselors

School Counselor of the Year
Do you know a stellar school counselor who's running a comprehensive, data-driven program? The American School Counselor Association is seeking nominations for its School Counselor of the Year awards program. This program brings up to 10 finalists and their nominators to Washington, D.C., where they participate in a congressional briefing, meet their members of Congress and are honored at the School Counselor of the Year Gala. From these 10 finalists, one school counselor of the year is selected.

Community

100 Best Communities for Young People
Sponsored by America's Promise Alliance, the 100 Best Communities for Young People competition encourages hundreds of counties, cities and small towns to tell the nation how they make the success of their children a priority.

PTA Healthy Lifestyles Awards
The National PTA announces a $1000 grant opportunity for PTA groups interested in promoting a project that promotes healthy lifestyles in the home, school, and community; promotes family involvement in the school; emphasizes the connection between healthy lifestyles and student achievement; and engages a diverse group of family and community members.

School Resource Officers

Wren Solutions School Resource Officer Scholarship Award
Intended to help school resource officers further their education.