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Award Recognition Programs

The Department of Education hopes that by recognizing the state's many excellent educators, more people will consider a career in education, and local communities will invest enough resources to attract the highest caliber professionals. It is only with such educators that our children will learn the skills so necessary to succeed. Nothing touches more lives, or gives more promise to the future than education. More than ever before, high-quality educators are critical to the future of our community and our country.

Although research shows that there is no greater factor in successful student learning than the quality of teachers in our schools, the work of highly regarded educators is not always recognized. This is why we appreciate each and every effort made by our state's educators to make New Hampshire a center of education excellence in the country.

These awards build community awareness of our state's finest educators, while providing positive messages about the teaching profession.

Below are some of the ways we recognize the outstanding educators in NH:

Celebrating Leadership in Education Awards Ceremony

New Hampshire Educational Awards

Opportunities for students:

  • National Youth Science Camp (NYSC)
    The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is an innovative and highly successful summer science honors program for two high-achieving high school students from each state in the nation and others around the world. Delegates to the NYSC represent the highest levels of academic achievement in science and mathematics.
  • New Hampshire Scholars Program
    New Hampshire Scholars is a community-based program that encourages students to take a more rigorous Core Course of Study in high school. It is based on a partnership between a community’s local business leaders and its school district. New Hampshire Scholars is federally-funded through the New Hampshire Department of Education.
  • United States Senate Youth Program
    Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students - two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity - to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service. In addition to the program week, the foundation grants each of the 104 student delegates a $5,000 college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs.
  • The Granite State Scholars Program was eliminated in the 2011 Session with the removal of RSA 188-D in Chapter 224:125, IX. It was not included in the new RSA 188-G established by Chapter 224:150.
  • The Robert C. Byrd Scholarship Program was not funded by the U.S. Congress for this year and will not be funded in the future.

Other Recognition Awards, Contests or Scholarships Not Administered Through the Department of Education

The DOE Employee Reward and Recognition Plan has been created to recognize and reward individual achievements and successes of Department of Education staff that exceeds expectations and enables the Department to better achieve its mission.

State Employee Suggestion & Extraordinary Services Award (SESA)

The SESA was established in 2005 by the New Hampshire Legislature. The Employee Suggestion and Extraordinary Service Award recognizes state employees who perform a service in their jobs that goes above and beyond the call of duty or who make suggestions that raise revenue or save costs.

Other Recognition Sites

  • "ED"ies - NH Excellence in Education Awards

    It is the purpose of the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards Program to recognize New Hampshire schools and individuals who meet high standards of excellence. The criteria used in selecting outstanding individuals to be honored are determined by their sponsoring organizations. The awards for the outstanding elementary, middle, and secondary schools are determined by criteria developed by the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards Board of Directors and applied by selection committees composed of experienced New Hampshire educators and community leaders.

    Teacher's Count

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