NCEA President's Awards

NCEA is honored to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to Catholic education with the following Presidential Awards. These awards are presented at the annual NCEA Convention & Expo, hosted during Easter Week. Nominations for the 2017 President's Awards are now open.

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Leonard F. DeFiore Parental Choice Advocate Award

This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting full and fair parental choice in education.


Catherine T. McNamee, CSJ Award

This award is presented to an individual or institution that offers exceptional leadership in promoting a vision of Catholic education that welcomes and serves cultural and economic diversity or serves students with diverse needs.

C. Albert Koob Merit Award

This award is given to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to Catholic education at any level – early childhood, elementary, secondary, higher education – or in any educational setting, in one or more of these areas:  teaching, administration, parish religious education, research, publication or educational leadership.  The awardee’s service and contribution should be recognized as having current significance at the national level.

Msgr. John F. Meyers Award

This award is presented to an individual who has provided substantial support for Catholic education through contributions in the areas of development, public relations, scholarship programs, financial management, or government relations.

Dr. Karen M. Ristau Innovations Award

This award is presented annually to an individual, school or program that has furthered the mission of Catholic education through an innovative program or approach.

Meet the 2016 Honorees

Sr. Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, dean of the graduate school, legal counsel and ADA services consultant at St. Catharine College in St. Catharine, Kentucky, will be honored with the C. Albert Koob Merit Award, which is given to an individual or organization that has made a meaningful contribution to Catholic education at any level in teaching, administration, parish religious education, research, publication or educational leadership.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore will be presented with the John F. Meyers Award, which is awarded to an individual or organization that has provided substantial support for Catholic education in the areas of development, public relations, scholarship programs, financial management or government relations.

The Academy of Blended Learning and Excellence in Catholic Education and Leadership (ExCEL) programs at Santa Clara University, which provide 21st century curriculum and leadership opportunities and foster diversity in Catholic education, will be honored with the Catherine T. McNamee, CSJ Award, which promotes a vision of Catholic education that welcomes and serves cultural and economic diversity or serves students with diverse needs.
 
Mr. Larry Keough, associate director of the Catholic Conference of Ohio will be recognized with the Leonard F. DeFiore Parental Choice Advocate Award, which honors a person or organization that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting full and fair parental choice in education.
 
The Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Center for Catholic Education (CCE) in Los Angeles, Calif., is the honoree for the Dr. Karen M. Ristau Innovation Award. This award is reserved for an individual, school or program that has furthered the mission of Catholic education through an innovative program or approach.
 

Past President's Award Recipients

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