Awards and Scholarships
School Superintendents of Alabama encourages excellence in school practice and has an interest in the development of effective leadership not only now, but in the future. To that end, SSA recognizes outstanding superintendents with various distinctions; acknowledges our officers and board members completing their terms of service; and presents Legislative Awards to those superintendents and other members who contributed in an especially significant way during the legislative session. SSA believes the future of our state is built on the promotion and development of quality teachers and leaders, and is proud to be able to offer these awards and scholarships with the support of our Business Partners.
Alabama/Classworks Superintendent of the Year
Each district selects a District Superintendent of the Year in August, and each district finalist submits an application packet to SSA by the September deadline. SSA then uses a panel of judges to review the applications of the district finalists to select the Superintendent of the Year for Alabama. The Alabama Superintendent of the Year competes at the national level to become a nationwide finalist; represents Alabama at the AASA National Conference on Education in February; is recognized by the State Board of Education; and is honored at a luncheon during the SSA Legislative Conference. Classworks provides the winner with a Superintendent of the Year ring and travel expenses to the National Conference. Current and past winners are listed here.
CLAS Leadership Award (SSA member nominated)
This award is provided by CLAS and seeks a nomination by SSA and each CLAS affiliate. SSA's Executive Committee receives the Leadership Award Nomination Form and makes the official nomination of an active SSA member for this award.
AASA Distinguished Service Award (National)
Retired AASA members who have been members for at least 10 years, have been retired for at least one year and meet the qualifications may be nominated for this award. The immediate past president of AASA is automatically nominated to receive this recognition. Information on eligibility and qualifications may be found in a nomination form. Nomination Forms are sent to each state executive during August, but are also available on the AASA website beginning May 1 of each year. Nomination Forms are due to AASA by September 15. The judging process is handled exclusively by national and the winner is announced at the National Conference on Education during February.
SSA Administrator Scholarships
School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA) recognizes the need to attract qualified persons into the field of school administration; therefore, SSA solicits applications from Alabama educators who are pursuing graduate degrees in school administration. SSA has increased the number of scholarships from two (2) to four (4), in the amount of $1,000 each. The degree may be at the M.S./M.A., A.A./Ed.S, or Ed.D./Ph.D. levels, and the recipient may be either a teacher or practicing administrator. Applications are emailed to superintendents and all SSA members during the first week of February each year. The application deadline for the program is usually the first week of April, and is stated on the application form.
2017 Administrator Scholarship Recipients: Emilie S. Johnson, Elmore County Technical Center, Elmore County Schools; Andrew X. Maxey, Dir. of Middle School Education, Tuscaloosa City Schools; Gia S. Russell, Athens High School, Athens City Schools; and Heather "Shea" Stroud, Arcadia Elementary School, Tuscaloosa City Schools.
SSA Student Scholarships (We no longer accept applications for these scholarships - please see below)
The process for awarding student scholarships has changed, effective Spring, 2009. SSA awards nine (9) $1,000 student scholarships to high school seniors in Alabama. The student scholarship recipients will be solicited and selected by the nine Superintendents who were named district finalists of the SSA/Classworks Superintendent of the Year Award. Each of these nine Superintendents will have the honor of not only selecting, but also presenting $1,000 to the student chosen in his or her school system. Because SSA recognizes the importance of attracting quality young people into the teaching profession and desires to do all possible to achieve this goal, the nine high school seniors will be selected based on the student's intent to pursue a degree in education; graduation during the spring of the year selected; a minimum 3.0 GPA; and a minimuim ACT score of 18. Each of the nine student scholarship recipients will be notified by his or her Superintendent.
2017 Student Scholarship Recipients: District 1 - Alyssa Mcrae, Clarke County H.S., Clarke County Schools; District 2 - Anna Olivia Foster, Greenville H.S., Butler County Schools; District 3 - Garrian Ware, Elba H.S., Elba City Schools; District 4 - Kasidy Rose Thompson, Handley H.S., Roanoke City Schools; District 5 - Montrese Williams, Midfield H.S., Midfield City Schools; District 6 - Kelsey Patterson, Southside H.S., Etowah County Schools; District 7 - Patrick Manning, Gordo H.S., Pickens County Schools; District 8 - Chloe Carpenter, Hartselle H.S., Hartselle City Schools; and District 9 - Galli Delenn Farr, Bob Jones H.S., Madison City Schools.