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Dawbarn Education Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of our Dawbarn Education Awards program!

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. For more information, please contact Cristina Casado at or at 540-213-2150. Check out the Dawbarn Checklist!

Who is eligible?

Primary criteria for Dawbarn Education Award nominees:

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

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. Nominees must positively influence education in the public school systems of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County.

Who can nominate?

Nominations may be submitted by any person, including students, parents, supervisors, colleagues, or other citizens in the community, who are knowledgeable about the nominee’s contributions to the education of public school students in Staunton, Waynesboro and/or Augusta County.

Dawbarn Education Awards Timeline

  • September 3, 2019:  2019 Dawbarn Education Awards program opens
  • December 16, 2019:  Nomination deadline
  • To be determined:  Dawbarn Education Awards ceremony

Since the establishment of the Dawbarn Education Awards in 1992, the Foundation has distributed over $1.7 million, through 247 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

2020 Dawbarn Education Award Recipients

Former Dawbarn Education Award Recipients

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