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Dawbarn Education Awards

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 public school students. He also had an interest in meaningful mentoring and tutoring to encourage students to remain in school and complete their education.  He was concerned about teen pregnancy rates and its correlation to success 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 14, 2020:  2019 Dawbarn Education Awards program opens
  • December 20, 2020:  Nomination deadline
  • To be determined:  Dawbarn Education Awards ceremony

Since the establishment of the Dawbarn Education Awards in 1992, the Foundation has distributed over $1.8 million, through 257 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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