2019 Award for Excellence in Educational Access

Posted by National Partnership for Educational Access on February 5, 2019

Nominate an NPEA Member for the 2019 Award for Excellence in Educational Access:
Nominations Now Being Accepted Through February 28

About the Award:

For the fourth year in a row, NPEA Member Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is generously sponsoring the Award for Excellence in Educational Access. The Award will recognize an NPEA Member Organization, Program, or School who has made a notable difference in the lives of underserved students and has demonstrated:

  • Effective practices in supporting underrepresented students with high-quality educational opportunities along the K-16 continuum;
  • Commitment to using data to inform and improve programming as well as organizational/school practices more broadly;
  • Support for students’ personal growth and success as critical thinkers, ethical leaders, and supportive community members;
  • Commitment to sustainability, including evidence of systems that support long-term success and/or potential growth;
  • Leadership in the community and commitment to the field of educational access; and
  • Creative problem-solving, innovation, adaptability, and productive growth in meeting the needs of their constituents.


The winner of the award will be announced at the 2019 national conference. The conference, Raising Our Voices: Bold Innovations That Empower Students, will be held on April 3-5, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza in Chicago, IL. Please note: While encouraged, nominees are not required to attend the conference to be eligible for the award.

In addition to a formal announcement and recognition at the conference, the award winner will receive:

  • A $5,000 monetary award for the member organization/school, made possible through the generous award sponsor, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
  • Recognition on the NPEA website, NPEA’s Twitter and Facebook pages, and in the NPEA newsletter

Nomination Instructions:

Download an overview document outlining the Award details, review a PDF of the Award nomination form, and submit a nomination by Thursday, February 28. All nominations will be reviewed by a committee, and the winner will be announced at the 2019 NPEA Conference in Chicago this April.



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