Symbols are important. What we as a people choose to recognize and honor helps determine our priorities and define what we regard as successful. When our students and educators excel, it is vital that they be recognized and serve as role models encouraging others to aspire to excellence. That is the purpose of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence’s flagship event, the annual Academic Awards Banquet.
The Foundation recognizes and honors academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools through a prestigious Oklahoma Academic Awards Program. Awards to be given at the Academic Awards Banquet in May include:
- $1,000 scholarship to each of the 100 Academic All-State scholars selected from Oklahoma’s public high school graduating seniors;
- $5,000 cash award and Medal for Excellence to five public school educators, one each at the elementary, secondary, community college/regional university and research university levels. An elementary/secondary administrator also is honored.
Since 1987, the foundation has awarded more than $4.8 million in merit-based scholarships and awards. Academic All-Staters and Medal for Excellence recipients are honored at the annual Academic Awards Banquet, which is attended by nearly 1,000 people and broadcast statewide by OETA Public Television. The gala celebration has been described as the “Academy Awards” of public education in Oklahoma.
Join us for our 34th Academic Awards Banquet on May 16 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman.