Nominate a Candidate

Nominate a candidate for these three awards by completing this Award Nomination Form or contact Deidre Hungerford, Associate Director for Business Development, at or 518.694.4885 with questions.

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.


New York State Superintendent of the Year

"The mantra for the 2020-2021 school year is “Shoulder Up.” This year’s mantra can represent a few ways we can all stand tall, work together, and be proud of ourselves and our district. We will know when someone is “shouldering up” when they challenge themselves to be better, try harder, or take on something new." 
Dr. Roberto Padilla, Superintendent of Schools
Newburgh Enlarged City School District


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. 

Join The Council

Explore the benefits of membership by joining the New York State Council of School Superintendents.

Ask an expert

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Ask Deidre Hungerford, Associate Director for Business Development, how to apply or learn more about submission deadlines. 

Past Award and Scholarship Videos

2020 Fall Leadership Summit Presidential Remarks
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Run Time: 9:11 Min
2020 Appreciation Award Ceremony
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Run Time: 12:48 Min
2020 Dr. Mary Barter Scholarship Presentation
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Run Time: 14:10 Min