Legacy of Leadership Awards
The Legacy of Leadership Awards are designed to honor current and former Missouri school board members who have distinguished themselves through community service and advocacy for public education. Honorees are outstanding Missourians who have given countless hours for the betterment of their communities and to advocate for the students in our public schools. These awards are sponsored by FutureBuilders, the non-profit foundation of the Missouri School Boards’ Association.
The Carter Ward Excellence in Advocacy Award
The Carter D. Ward Excellence in Advocacy Award is designed to recognize and honor an individual board member who exhibits exemplary leadership skills in the area of public education advocacy. Nominees should possess a documented history of achievement in local, statewide or national advocacy on behalf of Missouri’s public school students. Honorees serve as shining examples of effective advocacy and whose impressive efforts have helped create and promote substantial and sustainable practices that enhance student learning opportunities in Missouri’s pre-K-12 education programs. The award is named for former Missouri School Boards’ Association Executive Director Dr. Carter D. Ward, whose career epitomized effective advocacy for public education. The nomination period for the 2022 Carter D. Ward Excellence in Advocacy Award is closed.
Past Winners of the Carter D. Ward Advocacy Award
2021 – Mike Pratte, Gasconade R-I
2019 – Ruth Johnson, Raymore-Peculiar R-II
2018 – Ann Franklin, Independence
The Paul Morris Community Service Award
The Paul Morris Community Service Award was established to recognize and honor an individual school board member from Missouri, past or present, who has shown a sincere and outstanding commitment to community service. The award is named in honor of Paul Morris, a past president of the Missouri School Boards’ Association, who devoted countless hours to strengthening his community and improving its schools through his volunteer work. An individual award winner will be selected from nominations received by the FutureBuilders’ Board of Directors and is honored at the MSBA Annual Conference held each fall. Nominations for the 2021 Paul Morris Community Service Award ended May 31st and are now closed.
Past Winners of the Paul Morris Award
2020 – Lisa Vanderburg, Moberly
2019 – Vic Lenz, Missouri State Board of Education
2018 – Terry Ward, North Kansas City 74
2017 – Lisa Knutzen, Carl Junction
2016 – Gerry Lee, Springfield Public Schools
2015 – Jill Esry, Independence
2014 – Dave Green, Malden R-I
2013 – Robin Krause, Knob Noster R-VIII
2012 – Roseann Bentley, Springfield R-XII
2011 – Ann Gibbons, Hazelwood
2010 – Roy Burnside, Festus R-VI
2009 – John Holcomb, Trenton R-IX
Early Childhood Education Program of the Year Award
The Early Childhood Education Program of the Year Award recognizes outstanding early childhood education programs in Missouri. We want to celebrate YOU and your efforts in providing early childhood education, regardless of school size. Awards are now given in three categories based upon student population
Winning districts will be recognized at the Fall Annual Conference in Kansas City. The 2021 ECE applications will be accepted from February 8 through March 31, 2021.
FutureBuilders Early Childhood Education Program of the Year Previous Winners
2020: Small – Northeast Nodaway Count R-V; Midsize – El Dorado Springs R-II; Large – Riverview Gardens
2019: Small – Grandview RII, Jefferson C 123; Midsize – Dunklin R-V; Large – Branson R-IV
2018: Small – Everton R-II; Midsize – Orchard Farm R-V; Large – Mehlville R-IX
2017: Small – Van Buren R-I; Midsize – Farmington R-VII; Large – Independence 30
2016: 1st – Springfield Public Schools; 2nd – Mehlville R-IX; 3rd – Raytown C-2
2015: 1st – Northwest R-I; 2nd – Jefferson City Public Schools; 3rd – Ozark R-VI
2014: 1st – Belton 124; 2nd – Mehlville R-IX; 3rd – Ava R-I
2013: 1st – Nixa Public Schools; 2nd – Jefferson City Public Schools; 3rd – Kirksville R- III
2012: 1st – Pattonville R-III; 2nd – Nixa Public Schools; 3rd – Park Hill
2011: 1st – Francis Howell R-III; 2nd – Lee’s Summit R-VIII; 3rd – Belton 124
2010: 1st – Webster Groves; 2nd – Maplewood-Richmond Heights; 3rd – Nixa Public Schools
Proceeds from the participation and generosity of players and sponsors help fund the MSBA’s FutureBuilders Foundation. FutureBuilders provides 18 annual John T. Belcher Memorial Scholarships which are awarded to high school seniors from all areas of Missouri, helping our future leaders achieve their dream of a college education. FutureBuilders also supports and promotes the importance of community leadership, education advocacy and early childhood education.
For more information about the golf tournament, contact Todd Smith 573-445-9920 ext. 310, email@example.com.
John T. Belcher Scholarship Award
MSBA FutureBuilders established the scholarship program in memory of John T. Belcher, who was instrumental in developing innovative financing programs for Missouri school districts. The learning environment for thousands of Missouri’s public school students improved as a result of his work.
A $1000 annual scholarship is awarded to a student in each of MSBA’s 17 regions. Applicants are judged on the basis of academic performance, extracurricular activities and the quality of an essay. A statewide winner is selected from this group of regional winners and awarded an additional $1500.
How can a student apply for a Belcher scholarship?
The school board of each MSBA member district is eligible to nominate one high school senior to apply. The local board of education should select their applicant based on academic achievement and leadership abilities; need may also be considered. After the district applicant is chosen the student/guidance office should contact Matt O’Brien for a link to the online application during the application period, October 4, 2021 through January 10, 2022. The applicant and their guidance counselor will receive confirmation and further instructions within two working days of submission. The student will need to obtain a transcript and complete the essay, if not already done.
2021-2022 Essay Prompt:
School districts throughout Missouri and the nation are facing a shortage of teachers. In your essay, identify and explain how best to recruit students to pursue a teaching career. Reflect upon those teachers whom you consider to be excellent teachers. What skills are needed to be a high-quality teacher? Please provide examples of how high-quality teaching inspired you to succeed as a student.
Download the paper application in MS Word format.
Download the paper application in PDF format.
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