NSPRA Recognition Awards

As a professional association, NSPRA recognizes and honors those whose efforts and expertise have had a positive and lasting impact on school public relations and education. The association has established multiple recognition awards to honor members and supporters who have distinguished themselves through their dedication, talent and commitment to NSPRA's mission of building support for education through responsible public relations that leads to the success of all students. 

If you have colleagues who deserve recognition, consider nominating them for one of the following NSPRA recognition awards:


Award Descriptions

NSPRA Presidents Award

The NSPRA Presidents Award is the highest honor and individual recognition bestowed by the association. It was established in 1979 to recognize a living NSPRA member for outstanding professionalism and integrity throughout a career as a school public relations practitioner and for contributions to the advancement of educational PR. 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 current selection committee) and past recipients of the award.

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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. 

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 the scholarship is provided by the NSPRA Foundation for the Advancement of Education through memorial donations from NSPRA chapters and colleagues.

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.

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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 recipient receives a registration to the NSPRA National Seminar and two nights lodging. The funding for this award is provided through the sponsorship of Intrado and by the NSPRA Foundation for the Advancement of Education through memorial donations from NSPRA chapters and colleagues. 

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.

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Communication Technology Award for Superintendents

The Communication Technology Award for Superintendents recognizes a superintendent of a K-12 school system, intermediate unit, BOCES or County Education Office for leadership in redefining, upgrading, and integrating cutting-edge communication technology to improve and expand outreach and engagement with education stakeholders — both internal and external. The recipient receives a registration to the NSPRA National Seminar and two nights lodging. The funding for this award is provided through the sponsorship of Blackboard.

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Learning and Liberty Legacy Leader Recognition

The Learning and 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 NSPRA Foundation for the Advancement of Education, which provides scholarships to the NSPRA National Seminar. 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 Seminar.

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NSPRA Learning and Liberty Award

The NSPRA Learning and 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.

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NSPRA Front-Runners

NSPRA Front-Runners are members identified by the NSPRA Executive Board as emerging leaders who are doing outstanding work for their schools, their chapters and for NSPRA. The annual distinction is awarded to four association members each year, representing the seven NSPRA regions on a rotating basis. Each Front-Runner receives recognition in an issue of The NSPRA Network member e-newsletter and a commemorative plaque during the Annual Meeting and Celebration of Achievement that kicks off the NSPRA National Seminar each summer.

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Superintendents to Watch

Each year NSPRA recognizes up to 25 superintendents as "Superintendents to Watch." Honorees are school district leaders who have fewer than five years of experience as a superintendent and who demonstrate dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core. They use communication technology in innovative and effective ways to engage and inform their school communities and to expand two-way communication and outreach efforts. Nominees do not have to be an NSPRA member. The window of time for online nominations is announced to members every year, typically in the late winter or early spring.

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35 Under 35 Recognition Program

Every other year, the NSPRA 35 Under 35 program recognizes young professional members who are making a difference for their school districts or education-related employers. This group of emerging leaders prove that strategic communication is timeless, extending easily to our next generation of school public relations professionals. The window of time for online nominations is announced to members every other year, typically in the late spring.

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