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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 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:


The nomination period is currently closed. Nominations for the 2024 Friends of Education Award will open in late 2023.

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 (available when nominations are open) 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.

2023 Award Recipient

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Iota Lamba Omega Chapter

The sorority has provided a broad range of service to eliminate food insecurities, strengthen families and support the learning and achievement of students in Howard County especially those who need additional resources to ensure student well-being and college and career readiness. Some of their services include career day speakers, after school tutors, reading academies, food pantries, scholarships, assistance for completing college applications, parent advocacy programs, community outreach activities, and youth summits.

Read more about AKA and the 2023 Friends of Education nominees→

View a list of previous award recipients→

Board Chair Antonia Watts and Superintedent Michael Martirano with a representative of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Iota Lambda Omega Chapter.