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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 Banquet.

The Foundation recognizes and honors academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools through a prestigious 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.

May 16 Academic Awards Banquet Canceled Due to COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence puts the health and safety of students, teachers, their families, and their communities first. After monitoring recommendations from state and local health officials to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to cancel the May 16 Academic Awards Banquet.

We will continue to pay tribute to our 2020 Academic All-Staters and Medal for Excellence-winning educators in statewide media and social media, as well as through cash awards. We are proud of our honorees and we will do all that we can to celebrate and publicize their remarkable achievements.

REFUND POLICY: Those who have submitted payment for banquet registration will receive a full refund.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented public health crisis and its impact on Oklahoma’s premier event honoring excellence in public education.

Photo Highlights from the 2019 Academic Awards Banquet