School & Community Awards
- Dr. Paul G. Orr Award
- The Tri-Association Community Service Award
- Margaret Sanders International Schools Scholarship Fund
- The Emma Gutierrez Leadership Award
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 Recipients
- 1987 Dr. Shelby 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
- 2016 Mr. Robert Wilson / Dr. William Scotti
- 2017 Mr. Gerald Selitzer
- 2018 Mrs. Emma Gutiérrez de Salazar
- 2019 Mr. Tom Shearer
- 2020 Dr. Robin Heslip
- 2022 Mr. Mark Ulfers
The Tri-Association Community Service Award
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 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.
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.
- The presentations must be submitted electronically to the Executive Director by May 15th.
- 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 use the application form below to submit all required documentation.
Margaret Sanders International Schools Scholarship Fund
Margaret Sanders dedicated her life to advancing international schools through her work with Walsworth Publishing with a focus on helping students achieve their goals. The Margaret Sanders Foundation was established to fund educational opportunities for members of the overseas schools community that she found within our AAIE family.
The many Regional Associations such as AASSA, CEESA, EARCOS, Tri-Association, ECIS, etc. will continue to vet these applications by region to ensure each region puts their best applicant and one alternate forward for these prestigious scholarships. Students in Grade 12 (attending University next year) are eligible to apply.
Congratulations Tania Van der Linden, Senior from the American School Foundation of Monterrey for being selected as a 2022 Margaret Sanders Scholarship winner, in recognition of successfully demonstrating exceptional character strengths such as persistence, motivation, resourcefulness, as well as acceptance of other cultures and for displaying a genuine interest in, and a sustained commitment to the welfare of others.
Congratulations María Alejandra Woo, for being selected as a 2021 Margaret Sanders Scholarship winner from a very competitive pool of candidates from the Tri-Association and AAIE international schools!
María is a Senior at Lincoln International Academy in Managua, Nicaragua.
A United Voyage
By Chanmi Kim
As my years of high school head for the grand finale, I can not help but look around at times and exhale in satisfaction. Although we are all going our different ways, we have all finished this race together. Whether it was fighting tooth and nail for our grades, or defending the volleyball court, or painting our hearts out in the art department...we are all heading for graduation united.
As my years at high school eclipsed, I began to ponder and daydream about the incredible things that my generation has ahead of it. The news and the media do not seem as positive as I am, but as I look around at the tech-savvy coders, the artists, the musicians, the poets, the athletes, I can not help but feel a spark of blistering hope.
As a Senior, I have ultimately realized that as a generation, we have a long way ahead but we must remain hopeful that we will not fall into the perils of idleness and silence. I now understand that as we continue our education after graduation, we are proving a basic economic principle right: Doing the best things for ourselves, is making everyone better off.
I realize that when I step into the world and start my professional journey, I am not doing it only for myself, but as a representative of my generation. As my friends launch themselves into entrepreneurship, medicine, the arts or whatever they might be headed towards, we are all contributing to the clockwork of change. When I receive my diploma, it will be for those who could not, for those who did, and for those who will. At the end of it all, we can not afford to let each other down. We can not afford to give up on each other, for we are our only hope to make this world a more humane place.
Through my education, I will fight to hold myself up to the standard that the incoming change needs me to be at. There will be no waving of white flags because I advance this voyage with the hope that I am not doing this only for myself but for the united voice of a generation that fosters change. I plan to foster international collaboration through a nonprofit. I want to create an environment of innovation that knows no boundaries, and that relies upon the exploration of ideas across political borders.
I truly believe that the only way forward is united. Past generations have experienced war and division, now, however, let us thrive in unison and not wither in quarrel. I am excited to take my next steps and walk with a deep hope that we will change the surface of the globe, hand in hand, side by side.
The Emma Gutierrez Leadership Award
This award was created by the Association of American Schools in Mexico (ASOMEX), to honor the memory and legacy of Emma Gutierrez de Salazar, who served as the General Director of the American School of Tampico. Emma was a visionary leader who worked relentlessly to improve education in our region. The award is funded annually by ASOMEX and is set up to support women in achieving educational leadership roles.
Applicants must be women who are host country nationals from a Tri-Association regular member school. The committee will award up to 4,000.00 USD for the selected applicant to take a course at the Principals’ Training Center in Florida, or participate in course work from an accredited university in the United States.
The scholarship will cover tuition, hotel and flight expenses to take one course during the summer for a total of 3 university credits.
In order to be considered for the Emma Gutierrez Leadership Award the applicant must:
- Be a host country national woman currently working in a school that is a regular member of the Tri-Association.
- Be recommended for the scholarship in a letter from the Director/Superintendent of the school.
- Prepare and submit a brief paper discussing why you are seeking the scholarship and what course(s) you plan to take if awarded the scholarship.
- Prepare and submit a biography that includes a record of the applicant’s educational preparation and employment experience as part of the application. The biography should be written in third person.
- The award will be presented at the Annual Educators’ Conference.
Note: Applications will be sent to the heads of the schools in the region in February of every year.