Academic Awards Program

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 Celebration.

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 Celebration in May include:

  • $1,500 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 $5.1 million in merit-based scholarships and awards. Academic All-Staters and Medal for Excellence recipients are honored at the annual Academic Awards Celebration, which has been described as the “Academy Awards” of public education in Oklahoma.

Awards will be presented at the foundation’s 37th Academic Awards Celebration on May 20, 2023, at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa.

Academic Awards Now Open

Applications are now being accepted for 2023 Academic All-State Awards honoring 100 of Oklahoma’s top public high school seniors. In addition, we are now accepting nominations for Oklahoma Medal for Excellence Awards recognizing five exceptional public school educators.
Go to Academic All-State Application and Criteria. All-State applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.
Go to Medal for Excellence Nomination and Criteria. Medal for Excellence nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Photo Highlights from the 2022 Academic Awards Celebration