Founders' Day

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Founders Day Awards - Descriptions and Criteria

The Distinguished Leadership Award is presented annually at the University of the District of Columbia's Founders' Day Convocation and is awarded to that individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in his/her profession and whose work has contributed to the betterment of one's community and its citizens on a local, national, or international level. (The Distinguished Leadership Award is named in honor of The Honorable Ronald H. Brown.)

Selection Criteria:

  1. Nomination required.
  2. Nominee must be living at the time of his/her nomination.
  3. Nominee must be an individual whose life's work has exemplified outstanding leadership.
  4. Nominee must be an individual who, in deed and action, reflects and recognizes the importance of an education at the University of the District of Columbia.
  5. Previous recipients are not eligible for consideration again.
  6. The award may not be conferred in absentia; however, it may be granted posthumously.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually at the University of the District of Columbia's Founders' Day Convocation and is awarded to that individual who has demonstrated a long-term commitment of outstanding service to the University. (The Distinguished Service Award is named in honor of the Washington Technical Institute President, Dr. Cleveland L. Dennard.)

Selection Criteria:

  1. Nomination required.
  2. Nominee must be living at the time of his/her nomination.
  3. Nominee must be an individual who had demonstrated the highest level of commitment and service to the University of the District of Columbia and its ideals.
  4. Previous recipients are not eligible for consideration again.
  5. The award may not be conferred in absentia; however, it may be granted posthumously.

The Distinguished Educator's Award is presented annually at the University of the District of Columbia's Founders' Day Convocation and is awarded to that individual whose laudable contributions as an educator have made a discernible difference in the city or nation's schools, colleges, universities, or private institutions of learning. (The Distinguished Educator's Award is named in honor of Dr. Marjorie Holloman Parker.)

Selection Criteria:

  1. Nomination required.
  2. Nominee must be living at the time of his/her nomination.
  3. Nominee must be an individual whose accomplishments in the field of education are widely known.
  4. Nominee must be an individual who, in deed and action, reflects and recognizes the importance of an education at the University of the District of Columbia.
  5. Previous recipients are not eligible for consideration again.
  6. The award may not be conferred in absentia; however, it may be granted posthumously.

The Paul Phillips Cooke Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to that University of the District of Columbia faculty or staff member who has consistently demonstrated exceptional loyalty and extraordinary commitment, dedication, and service to the advancement of the University and its goals and objectives. (The Paul Phillips Cooke Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of the former D.C. Teachers College President.)

Selection Criteria:

  1. Nomination required.
  2. Nominee must be living at the time of his/her nomination.
  3. Nominee must be an individual whose work has unfailingly reflected the high ideals and mission of the University of the District of Columbia in a way that has had a positive impact on the University community.
  4. Previous recipients are not eligible for consideration again.
  5. The award may not be conferred in absentia; however, it may be granted posthumously.

Click on link to the right to review the award criteria, nomination process, and to make a nomination online. (Nomination deadline: December 18, 2014)

Myrtilla Miner's Humanitarian/Civic Engagement Student Award  - The Humanitarian/Civic Engagement Award will recognize three students who have demonstrated a commitment to integrity, activism, and social responsibility.  In addition, the award recognizes students for their civic participation and advocacy for the welfare of the greater community. 

Award recipients will receive $500.00 and a Certificate of Distinction.  They will be recognized during the 2015 Founders' Day Celebration.

Awardees will be selected from each of the following entities: the University of the District of Columbia's main Van Ness Campus, the Community College campus, and the David A. Clarke School of Law.

A 200-word statement of personal accomplishment, civic involvement, and community activism must accompany the application.

Award Criteria:

  1. Applicants must be currently enrolled students at the University of the District of Columbia who are in good academic standing.
  2. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (3.0 for law school students).
  3. Only completed applications, including the statement of involvement, will be considered.

Click here to download Myrtilla Miner's Humanitarian/Civic Engagement application and award description. (Application .doc or .pdf) (Nomination deadline: December 18, 2014)