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Friends of Education Award

The Friends of Education Award was established by the Board of Education to recognize and show appreciation to those who have made exemplary contributions to Howard County public education and to increase awareness of the importance of community involvement to the achievement of the school system’s Strategic Call to Action (SCTA) plan. Any Howard County resident or non-profit group, organization, association, or business located in or serving Howard County who has not already been a recipient, may be nominated for the award.

Who Does the Award Recognize?

The Friends of Education Award recognizes an individual, business, or non-profit group, organization, or association for an innovative or unique contribution that:

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 complete application and three current signed letters of recommendation are required to submit a nomination.

Nominators can obtain the required application by contacting the Executive Assistant to the Board of Education at 410-313-1584 or completing the application online.

Nomination Deadline

Completed nomination applications are due by February 1, 2019 to:

Executive Assistant to the Board of Education
Howard County Public School System
10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Nominees and recipients will be notified by March 15, 2019, and awards will be presented at the April 11, 2019, Board of Education meeting.

Strategic Call to Action (SCTA) Plan

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

2018 Award Recipient

African Art Museum of Maryland

The African Art Museum of Maryland located in Fulton, Maryland, has been involved with the students of the Howard County Public School System since 1980. The museum’s partnership with the school system, mentoring of HCPSS students, and African Experience Tour program affirms its goal to enhance students’ awareness of diverse cultures through the exploration of African Art. Read more →

View previous award recipients

Group photo: African Art Museum staff with Board of Education chair, Cynthia Vaillancourt, and HCPSS superintendent, Dr. Michael J. Martirano