John R. Chandler Award

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The Chandler Award recognizes a corporation or foundation for outstanding contributions to independent schools. Nominations of community foundations, local businesses and national or international corporations or foundations are acceptable.

The award is named in honor of John R. Chandler, former assistant headmaster at the Hotchkiss School, and one of CASE's first independent school trustees.


The nomination period is now closed.

Nomination and Selection Process

Nominations are reviewed by judges from independent schools who are currently serving on one of CASE's commissions or board of trustees. Judges may also be former recipients of the Robert Bell Crow Memorial Award. 

Nomination instructions

Please enter through the online system. Include in the nomination package:

  • A nomination letter detailing how the nominee meets the award criteria. (Self-nominations and nominations by students will not be accepted.) Nominating letters should be no longer than two pages.
  • Two letters of support. Supporting letters should be no longer than two pages.

Selection process
Judges review all nominations and vote for their top choices. A final selection call is held to determine winners.

In October, CASE notifies the nominator that his or her candidate has won. A letter from CASE's president is then sent to the recipient. Finally, letters are sent to the nominators of unsuccessful candidates. 

Past Winners

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation
The F.M. Kirby Foundation
The Longwood Foundation
The Challenge Foundation
Ahmanson Foundation
American Honda Company Inc.
Annenberg Foundation
The Benedict Foundation
The Betterment Fund of New York City
Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Dewitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund
Emerson Electric Company
Edward E. Ford Foundation
The Gleason Foundation
Harris Family Foundation
Independence Foundation
InterPacific Group
James M. Johnston Trust
The Knott Foundation
LillyEndowment Inc.
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
The Malone Family Foundation
The MCJ/Amelior Foundation
Meadows Foundation
Mobil Corporation
Morgan Guaranty Trust Company
The R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation
The Thomas B. and Elizabeth M. Sheridan Foundation
William R. Kenan Charitable Trust
William Randolph Hearst Foundation