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Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award

The youth of Kentucky are inspired by exceptional teachers and leaders. The Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award highlights and rewards these individuals for their extraordinary efforts to promote civic engagement among Kentucky students.

Any P-16 teacher, school administrator, educational leader, legislator or community organization leader who has made notable contributions toward promoting or implementing civic learning to prepare students to be engaged and responsible citizens is eligible for the Award. One finalist is selected from each Kentucky Sweet 16 region, and prizes, including a plaque for each finalist and a $1,000 award for the winner to use toward resources or equipment for the his or her school or program, will be presented at a ceremony during the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Men's Basketball Sweet 16 Tournament in Lexington.

This opportunity to recognize leaders who are devoted to ensuring a bright future for our state and help them continue their good work would not be possible without the Secretary of State's co-sponsors, the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Kentucky Department of Education. In addition to a financial contribution, the AOC judges the applications/nominations.


The deadline to apply for the 2021 award is February 25th, 2021.

Please contact the office at (502) 564-3490 or via email if you would like any additional information.

2021 Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award Nomination/Application​​​​​​