NCAN Awards of Excellence 2020 Nomination

The National College Attainment Network (NCAN) is pleased to accept nominations for the annual Awards of Excellence, which will be presented during our 2020 national conference, "Marching Toward Equity: NCAN’s 25th Anniversary Conference."

The awards recognize excellence among college attainment professionals, organizations, and partners as evidenced by successful student outcomes. Award winners will be selected based on demonstrated evidence of student success outcomes, biographies of nominees, nomination letters, and letters of recommendation.

We highly encourage members to nominate an organization or individual for a chance to win $5,000 for organizations or $1,000 for individuals.

With the exception of the Partner of the Year Award of Excellence, nominators and nominees must be NCAN members. Organizations and individuals may self-nominate. We encourage organizations to submit only one nomination per award category.  Nominations will be considered by a committee of NCAN members. We recognize the level of effort it requires to compose and submit a nomination. Nominations will be kept active for two years.
Awards of Excellence Descriptions

Dr. David B. Swedlow Professional of the Year Award of Excellence
This award recognizes the dedication, hard work and innovation of an individual working at an NCAN member program. This award is named in honor of Dr. David B. Swedlow, a practitioner who dedicated his life’s work to helping students gain access to college. Professionals at any level are eligible for this award, including advisors, program managers, and CEOs.

Member of the Year Award of Excellence
Organization or program
This award recognizes a college attainment organization or program and its work to fulfill NCAN’s mission of building, strengthening, and empowering communities committed to college attainment so that all students, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education, can achieve their educational dreams.

Partner of the Year Award of Excellence
Institution, department, or school district |  Nominator must be an NCAN member; nominee is not required to be an NCAN member.
This award recognizes an institution, department, or school district that collaborates with an NCAN-member college attainment organization or program to ensure that the organization’s students – and all underrepresented students served by the partner – get the supports they need to begin and complete a two- or four-year degree.

NOTE: You will not be able to view your nomination once submitted. We highly recommend saving a copy of each component of your nomination for your reference.

1. Complete this nomination form by responding to the prompts on the next pages.

2. Upload 1 nomination letter, written by the nominator, on official letterhead detailing:
  • The nominee’s background (i.e. for individual nominations, refer to length of employment or commitment to the field of college attainment; for organization nominations, refer to the organization/institution’s history in the field of college attainment)
  • Examples/evidence of student success outcomes as demonstrated by qualitative and quantitative data (i.e. college enrollment, persistence, completion rates, etc.)
  • Examples/evidence of the nominee’s service to the community
  • Examples/evidence of collaborative efforts or partnerships that support student success
3. Upload 2 letters of recommendation of no more than two typed pages each, on official letterhead if possible, from individuals outside the nominee's organization.

Nominations are due by Friday, July 31 at 11:59 PM ET.

Thank you in advance for your nomination. If you have any questions about the Awards of Excellence nomination process, please contact Jamese Carrell, Member Services Associate, at