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Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Seeking Nominations for 2006 Academic All-State Scholars, Outstanding Educators

September 25, 2005
-- The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a non-profit organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools, is seeking nominations for its 2006 Academic Awards Program.

Scholarships and awards totaling $191,500 will be presented at the foundation’s 20 th annual Academic Awards Banquet May 20, 2006, in Tulsa. The event, which is attended by nearly 1,000 state education supporters, is broadcast statewide on public television. The 20 th anniversary banquet will feature a special keynote address by David L. Boren, founder and chairman of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

“We know that education is the best investment our society can make for the future,” Boren said. “If we make all of the right policy decisions in every other area but fail to adequately educate the next generation, we will imperil the future of our society. By working together to give outstanding students and educators the recognition they deserve, we send a strong message to our state and to the nation that Oklahomans value academic excellence.”

Nominating forms can be downloaded here.

  • Academic All-State, which honors 100 public high school seniors with a $1,500 scholarship. Students must be nominated by their superintendents or principals. Schools are encouraged to nominate all eligible students. To qualify, students must meet at least one of the following requirements: a composite ACT score of at least 30; a combined SAT critical reading and math score of at least 1350; or be selected as a semi-finalist for a National Merit, National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarship.
  • The Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching and Administration, which honors four educators (a public school elementary, secondary, and college/university teacher and an elementary/secondary administrator) with a $7,500 cash award and a glass sculpture. In addition, the school, department or school system of these four award winners will be presented a $1,000 cash award. Both individuals and schools are eligible to nominate educators for these awards.
  • The Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Alternative Education, which honors the public school alternative education program judged to be the most effective. The winning program receives $7,500 and a glass sculpture. Any person familiar with the program is eligible to make the nomination.

All Medal for Excellence nominations must be postmarked by Nov. 28, while Academic All-State nominations must be postmarked by Dec. 2. Scholarship and award recipients are chosen by an independent selection committee,chaired by Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Marian P. Opala and comprised of business, education and civic leaders, as well as former All-Staters and Medal for Excellence winners. Since 1987, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has awarded $2.1 million in scholarships and presented an additional $680,000 in Medal for Excellence Awards. In addition, the foundation has awarded $24,000 to Medal for Excellence recipients’ schools or school districts.

For more information, visit the foundation’s web site at or call (405) 236-0006.