NSPRA Award & Recognition Programs
NSPRA's annual National School Communication Awards program and variety of prestigious special recognition awards offer the opportunity to earn national recognition for your communication achievements and honor colleagues and education leaders for their outstanding service and accomplishments.
For details about the National School Communication Awards program and each of the individual special recognition awards, check the program links listed below.
Download the 2014 National School Communications Awards official entry form (now a fillable PDF) or download the information brochure for more information.
In Their Own Words:Value of NSPRA Awards
Gold Medallion Awards Entry Deadline: March 7, 2014
Publications & Electronic Media Awards Entry Deadline: March 21, 2014
Golden Achievement Awards Entry Deadline: April 4, 2014
Here are some brief descriptions of NSPRA's special recognition awards and links to nomination forms and past recipients.
NSPRA Presidents Award
The NSPRA Presidents Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Association.It was established in 1979 to recognize a living individual NSPRA member for outstanding professionalism and integrity throughut a career as a school public relations practitioner and for contributions to the advancement of educational public relations. In addition, it recognizes the member's active involvement and leadership at a national level as well as substantive professional contributions to NSPRA.
Nominations for the Presidents Award may be submitted by current chapter presidents, all past NSPRA Executive Board members (not serving on the currentl selection committee) and past recipients of the award.
Nomination form and guidelines. Deadline: April 1
Barry Gaskins Mentor Legacy Award
The Barry Gaskins Mentor Legacy Award recognizes a practicing school public relations professional for outstanding efforts in mentoring colleagues new to school PR, providing counsel and advice on job success, and assisting colleagues in their professional development by creating or offering programs and activities designed to improve PR skills and knowledge. This award is given in memory of Barry Gaskins, APR, an NSPRA past president who was known for his deep commitment to supporting and mentoring colleagues as well as for his passion for public education.
In the spirit of this award, the recipient is allowed to designate a mentee of their choice to receive a scholarship to the NSPRA National Seminar. The funding for this award is provided by the NSPRA Foundation for the Advancement of Education through memorial donations from NSPRA chapters and colleagues.
Award Criteria and Nomination form. Deadline: February 14
Bob Grossman Leadership in School Communications Award
The Bob Grossman Leadership in School Communications Award is given annually to a practicing superintendent or CEO of a school district, education agency or service center in recognition of outstanding leadership in school public relations and communications. The funding for this award is provided by the NSPRA Foundation for the Advancement of Education through memorial donations from NSPRA chapters and colleagues. The recipient receives a registration to the NSPRA National Seminar and two nights lodging.This award is given in memory of Robert L. Grossman, ASPR, an NSPRA past president who believed that the support and commitment of our top education leaders is vital to successful school communication.
Award criteria and nomination form. Deadline: February 1
Leadership Through Communication Award
The Leadership Through Communication Award recognizes the teamwork and exemplary leadership of outstanding superintendents and their communications professionals for demonstrated commitment to the enhancement of communication and relationships between their school systems and the families and communities they serve. The award honors those who recognize that communication is a critical component of leadership and incorporate strategic communication into their planning goals and objectives as well as their daily operations. The Leadership Through Communication Award program is open to all school districts throughout the United States and Canada.
The award is jointly sponsored by Blackboard Connect, AASA, and NSPRA. The recognized school system receives a $10,000 Award, provided by Blackboard Connect, to be used for student scholarships or communication activities that benefit students and schools.
Learning & Liberty Legacy Leader Recognition
The Learning & Liberty Legacy Leader Recognition honors the contributions of NSPRA members who have had a positive impact on their colleagues’ careers and who work tirelessly behind the scenes on behalf of education and improved communication. Nominations may be made with a minimum tax-exempt gift of $75 to the Foundation for the Advancement of Education, which is used to provide scholarships to the NSPRA Seminar and support our Communication Accountability Program (CAP) research. Honorees receive a special certificate and letter of commendation. Their names are permanently listed on the NSPRA website and included in member recognitions at the NSPRA Seminar.Nomination form. Deadline: June 1
List of honorees.
NSPRA Learning & Liberty Award
The NSPRA Learning & Liberty Award reflects the symbolism of The Education Flag of Learning and Liberty and is given in recognition of outstanding collaborative efforts between schools, business and community, and the home, and to foster respect, understanding and civic cooperation between people of all backgrounds and beliefs. This is a special purpose recognition used to honor individuals deemed to embody the tenets and symbolism of the award and who demonstrate a deep commitment to education and strong support for effective communication and the mission of NSPRA.
Recommendations of deserving candidates are made by NSPRA Executive Board members and NSPRA staff and approved by a majority vote of the NSPRA Executive Board.
List of past recipients.