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 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:
- Directly supports the school system’s mission of ensuring academic success and social-emotional well-being for each student in an inclusive and nurturing environment that closes opportunity gaps.
- Is significant in its scope. In the case of organizations such as PTAs, the contribution must be beyond the normal scope of activities.
Nominations for the 2022 Friends of Education are not yet open.
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 Friends of Education Award application and three current signed letters of recommendation are required to submit a nomination. During the nomination period, nominators can obtain the required application by contacting the Executive Assistant to the Board of Education 410-313-1584 or completing the application online.
2021 Award Recipient
Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City
The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City (represented by President Jenn Hiscock) has been passionate in its support for Howard County students since the club was chartered in 1940. Members of the club provide extensive support for students through multiple commitments, including sponsorship of Key Clubs at Atholton, Centennial, Glenelg, Marriotts Ridge, Mt. Hebron and River Hill high schools, through which hundreds of student participants contribute many hours of service to the community each year. Additionally, the Kiwanis Club sponsors the Backpacks for Break service initiative with Cradlerock Elementary School and Lake Elkhorn Middle School, as well as a Terrific Kids recognition program at Bryant Woods Elementary School.