Awards Recognizing Excellence

Distinguished Service Award

The Council recognizes a Retired Life Member who has shown exemplary commitment to public education after retiring as a superintendent. The Distinguished Service Award is The Council's highest honor and is presented annually at our Fall Leadership Summit. Selections are made by our Distinguished Service Committee composed of current Council officers (with the word president in their title) and past presidents who are still active. 

Friend of the Council

The Friend of The Council Award was created in 1996 and is presented at our Winter Institute & Lobby Day each year. Nominations are provided by members or Council staff and are due in January each year for inclusion in the selection process. The Distinguished Service Committee makes the final selection.

Appreciation Award

The Appreciation Award is given in recognition of an active members' efforts on behalf of The Council and its initiatives. Individuals are nominated by a colleague in the field of education, by an active member of The Council, or a Council staff member. Final selections are made by the Distinguished Service Committee and presented at our Winter Institute & Lobby Day each year. Final nominations are due in January. 

2022 NYS Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Donna J. DeSiato, Superintendent of Schools
East Syracuse Minoa Central School District

NYSCOSS announced Dr. DeSiato's award at the 2021 Fall Leadership Summit in Saratoga Springs, NY and honored her at our 2022 Winter Institute in Albany, NY. Listen to her remarks on March 7, 2022 in Albany, NY.

"The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible." 

Arthur C. Clarke


Supporting the development of educational leaders is important. We offer three different scholarships to support future leaders including:

You can learn more about each individual scholarship and how to apply by clicking on each link. You can also view past scholarship videos below. 

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Past Award and Scholarship Videos

2022 Appreciation Award Ceremony - Maureen Donahue, Southwestern
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Run Time: 6:51 Min
2022 Friend of the Council Presentation - Christina Coughlin, NYSED
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Run Time: 9:34 Min
2021 Distinguished Service Award - William H. Johnson, Ed.D.
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Run Time: 21:11 Min