Academic Awards Celebration

The flagship event of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is its annual Academic Awards Celebration, which honors 100 of the state’s top public high school seniors and five exceptional educators. The gala event – broadcast statewide on public television – has been called the “Academy Awards” of public education in Oklahoma.

Since 1987, the foundation has selected 100 graduating seniors annually as Academic All-Staters. This prestigious award provides each recipient with a merit-based scholarship and medallion. The selection of Academic All-Staters has been described as Oklahoma’s “most rigorous academic competition.”

The celebration also salutes educators who are making exceptional contributions to public education in Oklahoma. Medal for Excellence Awards are presented annually to one educator in each of the following categories:

  • Elementary Teaching
  • Secondary Teaching
  • Elementary/Secondary Administration
  • Community College/Regional University Teaching
  • Research University Teaching

The Academic Awards Celebration has featured a variety of distinguished keynote speakers, including the late U.S. President George H.W. Bush, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, journalist Fareed Zakaria and astronaut Leland Melvin.

Past Event Speakers

View our 2022 Academic Awards Celebration Broadcast2

The flagship event of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is its annual Academic Awards Banquet, which honors 100 of the state’s top public high school seniors and five exceptional educators. The gala event – broadcast statewide on OETA – has been called the “Academy Awards” of public education in Oklahoma. Winners of the 2022 Academic Awards were honored at the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 21, at the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel.