2018 Award for Excellence in Educational Access

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New Orleans – April 11-13, 2018

Award for Excellence in Educational Access

Presented by the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) and
the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

 Pictured (left to right): Khair Sadrud-Din (2016 Winner: LINK Unlimited Scholars), Rebecca Cullen (representing Jack Kent Cooke Foundation), Alpachino Hogue (2016 Winner: LINK Unlimited Scholars), and NPEA Planning Committee member Gina King (Cristo Rey Jesuit High School – Baltimore).
Photo credit: Danielle Visco, Luv Lens

Join NPEA or Renew Your Membership to be eligible to apply for this award.


The National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) and Jack Kent Cooke Foundation are pleased to announce the 2017 Award for Excellence in Educational Access. For the third year in a row, NPEA Member Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is generously sponsoring the Award for Excellence in Educational Access.

The Award will recognize an NPEA Member Organization, Program or School who has made a notable difference in the lives of underserved students and has demonstrated:

  1. Effective practices in supporting underserved students with high-quality educational opportunities along the K-16 continuum;
  2. Commitment to using data to inform and improve programming as well as organizational/school practices more broadly;
  3. Support for students’ personal growth and success as critical thinkers, ethical leaders, and supportive community members;
  4. Commitment to sustainability, including evidence of systems that support long-term success and/or potential growth;
  5. Leadership in the community and commitment to the field of educational access; and
  6. Creative problem-solving, innovation, adaptability, and productive growth in meeting the needs of their constituents.


The winner of the award will be announced at the 2018 NPEA conference. Please note: While encouraged, nominees are not required to attend the conference to be eligible for the award.

In addition to a formal announcement and recognition at the conference, the award winner will receive:

  • A $5,000 monetary award for the member organization/school, made possible through the generous award sponsor, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
  • Recognition on the NPEA website, NPEA’s Twitter and Facebook pages, and in the NPEA newsletter

Nomination Instructions:

Review an overview of the award for additional details, eligibility requirements, and information requested on the nomination form, and download a PDF of the form to prepare your submission. View the press release for additional details about this year’s Award. All nominations must be submitted online through the form below. Nominations will be reviewed by members of the conference planning committee, and the winner will be announced at the 2018 NPEA Conference in New Orleans, LA on April 11-13, 2018.

Ready to apply?


Nominations will be accepted from January 31 through February 28.

Last Year’s Award Winner:

“I Have a Dream” – Des Moines (Des Moines, IA)


Pictured (left to right): Emily Westergaard (“I Have a Dream” – Des Moines) and Cecilia Marshall (Jack Kent Cooke Foundation).
Photo credit: Sam Moody Photography

To read about the winner of the 2017 Award for Excellence in Educational Access, “I Have a Dream” – Des Moines, please click here.

To read about the winner of the 2016 Award for Excellence in Educational Access, LINK Unlimited Scholars, please click here.

To read about the winner of the 2015 Award for Excellence in Collaboration, The Clarence T.C. Ching PUEO Program at Punahou School, please click here.

Past winners also include Buffalo Prep (2014), Aim High (2013), The Partners Program at The College Preparatory School (2012), and Middle Grades Partnership (2011).