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Friends of Education Award

The Friends of Education Award was established by the Board of Education to recognize individuals, businesses, or organizations making innovative or unique contributions that directly support the school system’s mission of excellence in teaching and learning. Any Howard County resident or group, organization, or business located in or serving Howard County may be nominated for the award.

Nomination forms are available by contacting the Board of Education at 410-313-1584, or online.

Who Does The Award Recognize?

The Friends of Education Award recognizes an individual, business, or organization for an innovative or unique contribution that:

  • Directly supports the school system’s mission of excellence in teaching and learning.
  • Supports student achievement and/or safe schools.
  • Is significant in its scope. In the case of organizations such as PTAs, the contribution must be beyond the normal scope of activities.

View previous award recipients

Who Is Eligible?

Any member of the Howard County community or any group, organization or business located in or serving Howard County may be nominated for the Friends of Education Award.

There are three categories:

  • Individual
  • Business
  • Non-profit group, organization or association

School system employees and previous award winners are not eligible.

Who May Nominate?

Any employee of the Howard County Public School System, Howard County resident or member of a group, organization, association or business located in or serving Howard County may submit a nomination.

What Is Required For Nomination?

A nomination form is required for each nomination. To obtain nomination forms:

  • Contact the Administrative Assistant to the Board of Education at 410-313-1584 or fill out the online application.

To nominate, complete the three-page application and include three (3) signed letters of recommendation.

Nomination Deadline

Completed nomination forms are due by January 27, 2017 to:

Administrative Assistant to the Board of Education

Howard County Public School System
10910 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Nominations and recipients will be notified by March 10, 2017, and awards will be presented at the April 6, 2017 Board of Education meeting.

Mission

We cultivate a vibrant learning community that prepares students to thrive in a dynamic world.

Vision

Every student is inspired to learn and empowered to excel.

Read more about our district’s goals, mission and vision here.

2016 Award Recipients

Beth Buzzio


Beth Buzzio with Superintendent Renee A. Foose and Board Chairman Christine E. O’Connor

Beth Johnson


Beth Johnson with Superintendent Renee A. Foose and Board Chairman Christine E. O’Connor

Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts Inc. (CCTA)


Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts Inc. (CCTA) members with Superintendent Renee A. Foose and Board Chairman Christine E. O’Connor