Apply for SHAPE America Awards & Recognition


The SHAPE America Awards Program honors distinctive contributions to the profession. All SHAPE America members have the privilege of submitting nominees for each award offered by SHAPE America. All SHAPE America awards are presented annually at the National Convention and Expo.

Links to the 2017 awards are available under award categories that are divided by nominee audience. Eligibility and award criteria are indicated on each award page. Please refer to the submission procedures and general requirements for instructions regarding nomination submission guidelines, and the nomination form for submissions. Questions regarding the nomination process should be directed to the Awards and Recognition Staff Liaison, Patti Hartle.

Submission Procedures

  • The deadline for all submissions is October 15.
  • Nominations must be postmarked no later than October 15 except for Major of the Year and Teacher of the Year and submitted via mail or email to:

    Recognition Awards
    SHAPE America 
    1900 Association Drive
    Reston, VA 20191

  • Award nominees should include the following in the award submission:
  • 1) Nomination form cover page (PDF format)
    2) Curriculum vitae (CV) to address the award criteria not to exceed 10 pages. Reviewers will not read more than 10 pages.
    3) Two (2) letters of support from nominators. Letters should specifically address the criteria for the award and how the person qualifies for the award.
    4) Biographical sketch (250-300 words)  

    *Please look for any additional requirements or alternative submission procedures under individual award criteria.

    General Requirements

    1. Award recipients must be current members of SHAPE America unless the award criteria stipulates otherwise.

    2. Posthumous nominations may be made not later than five years after death of the nominee.

    3. Individuals may not receive the same award more than once.

    4. A person may be a candidate for no more than one award during any one year. In the event that a nomination for one person is received from two or more different nominators and the nominations are for different awards, the nominee shall choose the award in which she or he wishes to be considered.

    5. Individuals currently employed by SHAPE America are ineligible to be considered as candidates for SHAPE America awards.

    6. Individuals currently serving as members of the Recognition Awards Committee are ineligible to be considered as candidates for SHAPE America awards.