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Dawbarn Education Awards

2017 Dawbarn Education Award Recipients

Do you know someone in our community who routinely surpasses the expectations of their job to ensure that students in our public schools have the best possible educational experience?  If so, consider nominating them for a prestigious 2018 Dawbarn Education Award. Nominations are due by midnight on September 7th.

In 1992, H. Dunlop “Buz” Dawbarn established a fund at the Community Foundation to improve education in his local community by providing cash awards to individuals who have most successfully inspired, encouraged, and fostered learning in young people below the college level. He had a particular interest in public school education. Additionally, because of high teen pregnancy rates, Mr. Dawbarn also had an interest in effective mentoring and tutoring to encourage young women to remain and succeed in school.

Along with exceptional teachers, some of the best educators are guidance counselors, coaches, secretaries, administrators, custodians, volunteers, bus drivers, mentors, parents, community leaders, and others.

The Community Foundation will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Dawbarn Education Awards program on November 28, 2018, when we announce our next ten Award winners who have most successfully met the following criteria:

  • Inspired young people to set educational goals
  • Encouraged students to reach their full potential, and
  • Fostered a lifelong appreciation of learning in our youth.

Since the establishment of the Dawbarn Education Awards in 1992, the Foundation has distributed over $1.6 million, through 237 Dawbarn Education Awards, to recognize extraordinary commitment to inspiring education and learning among the young people of our public schools.

“To have any worth an award must have competition. To be nominated is an honor in itself.” — Buz Dawbarn

Self-nomination or nomination by a family member (spouse, child, parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew) is not permitted. Please contact Cristina Casado at 540-213-2150 or with questions. In an effort to assist with the nomination process, please use the checklist to assemble the required information.

Former Dawbarn Education Award Recipients