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NSPRA Presidents Award

Nominations for the 2023 NSPRA Presidents Award will be accepted beginning in December. Read about 2022 recipient Julie Thannum, APR, and view a list of previous award recipients.

The NSPRA Presidents Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Association. It is given to recognize a (living) individual NSPRA member for outstanding professionalism and integrity throughout a career as an educational public relations practitioner and for contributing 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.

Eligibility and Nomination Criteria

Eligible nominees must:

  • Hold a professional membership in NSPRA.
  • Be a member of their state chapter (unless nominee’s state has no chapter).
  • Hold (or have held during their career) a full-time educational PR position (with a district, school, educational agency or association) for a minimum of 10 years.

Current NSPRA Executive Board members and NSPRA staff are ineligible for nomination.

Nominations for the Presidents Award may be submitted by

  • Current NSPRA chapter presidents,
  • Any past NSPRA Executive Board member who is not serving on the current selection committee and
  • Past recipients of the award.

Recipient Selection

Up to one Presidents Award winner may be identified each year. After a screening committee reviews all nominations, a selection committee comprised of past NSPRA presidents identifies the winner.  Their considerations for selection include the nominee’s ability to meet the award criteria,  the nominee's past awards and honors, the nominee's contributions to the school public relations profession and to NSPRA, and the nominator's statement as to why the nominee is deserving of the award.

Recognition and Award Presentation

The current year Presidents Award winner will receive:

  • Complimentary registration to the upcoming NSPRA National Seminar,
  • A formal presentation of the award during a General Session at the Seminar and
  • One night of lodging, arranged by NSPRA, for the evening before the award presentation. 

View a list of previous award recipients.