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Capstone Education Society Alumni Awards Guidelines

Young Alumni Award:  The Capstone Education Society created this award to recognize beginning teachers (1-3 years) or other education professionals.  $500 award

James E. McLean Excellence in Education Awards (formerly Outstanding Contributions to Education Award): The Capstone Education Society created this award to honor educators (teachers, counselors, administrators and other education professionals) who through their work and accomplishments have brought honor and fame to the education profession.  $500 award

Harold L. Bishop Award for Leaders: The Capstone Education Society created this award to recognize outstanding leaders in the field of education.   $500 award

Guidelines for Nominations

  • A nomination may be completed electronically or by mail.
  • A nomination must include the nominee’s name, title, address, telephone number, e-mail address, the name and contact information for the primary nominator and the supporting nominator (if applicable).
  • A nomination must include a narrative that briefly explains how the nominee meets the criteria for the particular award and why the person qualifies for this honor.
  • The submission should also include the nominee’s résumé and up to two additional letters of support at the nominator’s discretion.
  • Each nomination will also include the category to which the person is being nominated (i.e., Beginning Teacher, McLean Excellence Award, Bishop Award).

Please send nominations to or mail to Box 870231, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.  (Attn:  Rebecca Ballard).

Nominations are due September 1, 2023.  If you have additional questions, please email