Award Students for Educational Excellence

The President's Education Awards and American Citizenship Awards recognize students' effort and inspire them to achieve.

March 2017, Volume 40, Issue 7

Though awards themselves are small tokens of appreciation, educators know how much it means to children when their efforts are recognized. When a student receives an award acknowledging their learning achievements, it sends a strong message that their commitment to learning has not gone unnoticed.

The President’s Education Awards Program and the American Citizenship Awards are open for the 2017 awards season, and both offer a unique opportunity for principals to reward students’ success.

Through the President’s Education Awards Program, you can honor both student achievement and hard work with the Nation’s most prestigious awards for individual recognition from the President and the U.S. Secretary of Education. This program is an official program of the U.S. Department of Education and is available for elementary, middle, and high school students. View criteria here.

With the American Citizenship Award, you can empower role models in your school to shine. Principals can award students with a certificate, pin, or medallion, meant to recognize them for possessing strength of character, are school or community leaders, promote citizenship, or other similar characteristics of leadership.

Additionally, NAESP has developed two new products this year, including medallions and certificates for the American Citizenship Award. For more information on the awards an ordering, visit

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