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Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Seeking Nominations for 2008 Academic All-State Scholars, Outstanding Educators

September 23, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY -- 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 2008 Academic All-State Scholarships and Medal for Excellence Awards.

Scholarships and educator awards totaling $258,000 will be presented at the foundation’s 22nd annual Academic Awards Banquet May 17, 2008, in Tulsa. The event, which is attended by nearly 1,000 state education supporters, is broadcast statewide on public television and emceed by David L. Boren, the 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.”

At the 2007 Academic Awards Banquet, Boren announced that the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has met its goal of raising a $5 million Academic Awards Endowment, allowing the organization to increase its annual Academic All-State Scholarships from $1,500 to $2,000 and its Medal for Excellence Awards from $7,500 to $10,000 each. In addition, cash awards directly to the schools of Medal for Excellence winning educators have been increased from $1,000 to $2,000.

Academic Awards Program nomination forms are available on the foundation’s Web site at www.ofe.org. Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:

1. Academic All-State, which honors 100 public high school seniors with a $2,000 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.

2. 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 $10,000 cash award and a glass sculpture. In addition, the school, department or school system of these four award winners will be presented a $2,000 cash award to support academic programs. Both individuals and schools are eligible to nominate educators for these awards.

3. 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 $10,000 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. 26, while Academic All-State nominations must be postmarked by Dec. 1. 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 more than $3.2 million in academic awards and scholarships.

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