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 observed the 25th anniversary of our Dawbarn Education Awards program on November 28, 2018, where we celebrated our ten award winners and the 237 previous recipients, 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 $1.7 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