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School & Community Awards

The Tri-Association sponsors the following awards in recognition of extraordinary commitment to a cause
on the part of an individual, school or organization  that furthers the Vision and ideals of the Association. 

Dr. Paul G. Orr Award

The Paul G. Orr Award is presented to a very few select individuals who, in the opinion of Association members, have made an outstanding contribution to education in the region. Dr. Paul G. Orr, Dean Emeritus of the College of Education at the University of Alabama, shaped many debates about the role of education in society. In these exchanges, he engaged persons associated with the U.S. Department of State, the Office of Overseas Schools and American-sponsored schools worldwide.

In every generation, there are those whose vision broadens our own, transforming the way we see the world. Dr. Paul G. Orr was such a person: a man who pointed us in new directions and built bridges for us to cross. He was a leader in the field of international education and an educator of leaders. Over the course of his remarkable career spanning four decades, Dr. Orr proved to be one of the most articulate and reasoned voices within American-sponsored overseas schools. He left an indelible mark on teachers, administrators and boards working in those schools through his writing, teaching, research and lectures, and as dean of the College of Education at the University of Alabama. He helped to mold the American schools that exist overseas today and is widely considered the leading authority on the subject.

Dr. Orr left an extraordinary legacy to the Association of American Schools of Central America, Colombia, the Caribbean and Mexico, and to all who care about education: students, teachers, parents, school board members, administrators and staff, policy makers, the public in general and, above all, overseas schools.

Paul G. Orr Award Recipientes

  • 1987 Dr. Shelley Counce
  • 1988 Dr. Fred Vescolani
  • 1989 Dr. Burton Fox
  • 1990 Dr. Joseph Johnston
  • 1991 Dr. John Schreck
  • 1992 Dr. Mary Wayte
  • 1993 Dr. Ronald Marino
  • 1994 Dr. James Stiltner
  • 1995 Dr. Ray Bruce
  • 1996 Dr. Ernest Boyer
  • 1997 Dr. Art Chaffee
  • 1999 Dr. Salvadore Rinaldi
  • 2000 The Overseas Schools Advisory Council
  • 2001 Dr. Jeffrey Keller
  • 2002 Dr. Keith Miller
  • 2003 Mrs. Mary Virginia Sánchez
  • 2004 Colegio Nueva Granada
  • 2005 Mrs. Carolyn Brunner
  • 2007 International School Services
  • 2008 Dr. Barrie Jo Price
  • 2009 Mr. Jack Delman
  • 2010 Ms. Marie France Jean-Baptiste
  • 2012 Children of Haiti Project
  • 2013 Janet Heinze
  • 2014 Dr. Ernie Mannino

 

 

The Tri-Association Community Service Award

 

Purpose

This award recognizes outstanding Community Service Projects, which have the participation of the School Community and develop in the student body a sense of social conscientiousness.  It is important that the student body take a lead in designing and executing the projects.  The award is designed to support community service as an important element in students’ personal development and total educational experience.  The Community Service Award is sponsored by SUNY at Buffalo.

Criteria

  • The project strengthens the total school community by creating opportunities for involvement on the part of students, teachers and parents.
  • The project reaches out to the larger community.
  • The project is creative, builds on going relationships, builds leadership and social conscientiousness and is sustainable.
  • The project has operated for at least two years.

Application Process
Any Regular Member School may submit an application and a supporting presentation that includes:

  • The Project description with a statement of its vision, mission and objectives, an evaluation of its success and why this project should be considered for an award.
  • Testimonials from different groups within the school community and the larger community being served, showing how the projects develops leadership and a sense of social consciousness.
  • A video of the project in action.
  • A Statement supporting the sustainability of the project.

Project Award

  • The presentations must be submitted electronically to the Executive Director by February 1st.
  • The Tri-Association Board will review all applications and a decision will be made at the AAIE Board meeting.The award includes a plaque for the school and a donation of $1,000.00 dollars to support the project.  A representative of the school receiving the award must attend the Annual Educators’ Conference to receive the award in the name of the school.
  • Please send all supporting documentation electronically to Sonia Keller @ skeller@tri-association.org

 

DOWNLOADS

Rubric for Evaluating Projects (PDF)

Application Form (PDF)

Tri- Association / TieCare International MS Global Leadership Award

Purpose

This award is meant to promote the spirit of global awareness and responsibility by recognizing the work of a Middle School student or group of students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to environmental issues through their work on a school project that addresses an environmental problem.  This award is sponsored by TieCare International.  TieCare continues in its dedication to serving international schools by sponsoring the Tri-Association/TieCare International Global Leadership Award.

Criteria 

The project must show commitment to at least one program or initiative, which demonstrates exceptional leadership and involvement in an environmental cause.

  • The project must show actions that have led to a greater awareness and understanding of a local or global problem, and have the potential to have a lasting impact towards the solution of the problem.
  • The student(s) have to be in Middle School and belong to one of the Tri-Association Regular Member Schools in good standing.
  • The Project must have operated for at least 1 year.
  • The student(s) must be making an exemplary contribution through a school and/or school sponsored community service program, which has led to a positive local or global change by addressing an environmental challenge, thereby increasing the level of community awareness and setting an example for others.  The student(s) must submit evidence of the positive impact of this project through data which shows the before and after, testimonials on the part of community members who have been affected by the project, or any other method that addresses how the situation or problem changed after the positive intervention on the part of the student or group.  The project will be judged based on the evidence that is submitted.

Eligibility

  • There may be only one submission per member school each year.
  • The project must be the work of the student(s).
  • Student applicants must be in Middle School and must be able to clearly demonstrate the award criteria.

Application Process

  • Submission of the Tri-Association Global Leadership Application Form with a letter of recommendation on the part of the head of the school.
  • A letter from the student or group of students explaining the project and why he/she/they think they deserve this award.
  • Submission by the student or group of an electronic portfolio in English which clearly demonstrates the student’s or group of students’ exceptional achievement of the award criteria.  The portfolio can take a wide variety of forms from an essay (5 pages maximum), video or documentary, to a work of art.  Supplementary or supporting documentation may also be provided as evidence.
  • Two confidential references written in English from either school faculty overseeing the project and/or adults from the organization in which the student served, attesting to the student(s)’ exceptional involvement and accomplishments in light of the eligibility criteria.
  • The award will go directly to the school for delivery to the project in the name of the student(s) involved. The recipients of the award will be recognized at the Annual Educator’s Conference.

 

Deadline

Selection

The Tri-Association Board will select the award recipient(s).  The winner(s) of the award will be announced in April.  The school and student or group will be presented with the award at the Tri-Association Annual Educator’s Conference.

DOWNLOADS

Award Application Form (Word)

Rubric for Evaluating Projects (Word)

Margaret Sanders International Schools Scholarship Fund

Selection Process and Timeline
All graduating high school students from member schools of the various educational Regions as recognized by AAIE worldwide are eligible to apply for The Margaret Sanders Scholarship for the year 2012-2013.  Students must apply via their primary AAIE School's Regional Office.  Applications can not be accepted from any other Regional Office for a student whose school is located in a different region.  Several ($3,000 - $5,000) scholarships will be awarded.

The United Way website (www.uwsrq.com) is available to applicants to simplify and expedite the application process.  

The scholarship(s) are intended to defray a broad range of educational expenses such as tuition, room and board, books, computers and the like.

To keep the selection uniform in all Regions, certain procedures are recommended:  

  1. The school will publicize the scholarships to graduating seniors.
  2. Set an application deadline date.
  3. Form a local “Awards Council” or appoint an individual staff member to review the scholarship applications.
  4. Select one applicant to be nominated from their school.
  5. Forward the candidate’s completed application packet to their Regional Office before the deadline established by their Regional Director.
  6. Include a cover letter that gives the name of the school’s chosen candidate for the scholarship.
We recommend that one person at each school be responsible for publicizing the scholarship and coordinating the application process

The final selection for the scholarship(s) will be made by educators on both the east and west coasts of the United States and will be announced at the annual AAIE Conference in February.  

Once the scholarships have been awarded, the regional offices will notify the winners in their respective regions.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: WE CANNOT RELEASE THE SCHOLARSHIP MONEY UNTIL UNITED WAY OF SARASOTA COUNTY RECEIVES OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION FROM THE COLLEGE THAT YOU ARE ATTENDING.

Note related to United Way of Sarasota County

 

Directions for Applicants
NOTE:  All applications and supporting documents become the property of the United Way, and will not be returned.  Please send copies of pictures and awards, not the originals.

  1. Complete and submit the "Application Data Sheet” form and other materials listed below to your school’s “Awards Committee” or the responsible individual appointed by your school before the deadline date established by your school.  Your school must send official academic transcripts with the application.
  2. Prepare and submit a “portfolio” illustrating your involvement in the life of your school and community, highlighting your efforts to make your school and community a better place.  This portfolio must include an original essay (maximum of three pages) describing your perceived strengths and natural abilities and how higher education will further prepare you to maximize these abilities for the benefit your community/country. Your portfolio must consist solely of work done by you; however, to help you make the best presentation, feel free to ask your parents or your  teachers/counselors for advice regarding completion of your portfolio.  Strive to articulate your true motivations and aspirations in a forthright and succinct manner.  Portfolios should be submitted on a compact disk, or by electronic mail as an attachment.
  3. Ask three adults to write confidential letters of recommendation:
    • from a current or former teacher/counselor,
    • from an activities coordinator, coach or other adult who has supervised an activity in which you have participated; and,
    • from any adult of your choice, e.g., possibly someone from your neighborhood or  religious community.  One example in the latter category could be a supervisor or employer for whom you have worked.  These letters of recommendation must be sent directly to
    • your school’s “Awards Committee” or the scholarship coordinator.
  1. Your completed application form, your portfolio and all three letters of recommendation must be received by your school's “Awards Committee” or responsible individual at your school before your school’s deadline date.  The school will then make their selection of one student and forward that student’s entire application packet to their Regional Office (Do not send directly to United Way) before the deadline established by their Regional Office.  The Regional Office will review all applicant packets and select one candidate from their Region.  The Regional Office will send the completed application packet to the Awards Committee for the Margaret Sanders Scholarship:  Winners will be announced at the Annual AAIE Conference in February.
DOWNLOADS

Application Data Sheet (Word)

Confidential Reference Sheet (Word)

 

 

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