Awards and Scholarships
Continued from 2022: More ways to win...and a one-stop nomination process.
We've combined the best parts of the District VIII awards with the Circle of Excellence Awards.
When you enter the Circle of Excellence Awards, your entries also will be considered for Best of District VIII recognition—at no extra cost. We've also updated all of the categories and judging criteria and added several categories that will be judged based on staff size.
Nominations closed on March 15, 2023. Get more details here >
Recent District VIII institutional award recipients
Individual Achievement Awards
The Individual Achievement Awards, formerly known as the Professional Awards, recognize the best accomplishments of advancement professionals and education leaders on behalf of their institutions. These accomplishments exemplify standards by which we compare our work, and educate and inspire ourselves to greater success.
Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award honors individuals for outstanding service to the district. The service may come in any number of ways, including conference leadership and/or speaker; exceptional volunteer role, such as a lengthy record of designing/producing materials for conferences; and distinguished service in a volunteer leadership role).
The Leadership Award recognizes a CASE VIII member institution president or head, chancellor, educational system head, or CEO for outstanding efforts to promote the understanding and support of education.
Rising Star Awards
Rising Star Awards honor individuals with 3 to 5 years of experience in the advancement professions of alumni relations, communications and marketing, advancement services, and philanthropy, recognizing the accomplishments of those whose early success bodes well for future leadership and achievement.
Only one award in each of the four categories will be presented:
- Alumni Relations
- Communications and Marketing
- Advancement Services
Opportunity and Inclusion Scholarships
Scholarships will be available to attend the 2024 CASE District VIII Annual Conference.
District VIII values efforts that foster and promote diversity in the advancement profession. The Opportunity and Inclusion (O&I) Scholars Program supports professionals from under-represented populations in our field, particularly those who have less than four years of experience.
In addition to receiving complimentary conference registration, each scholarship recipient will receive a stipend to offset travel and lodging expenses.
Preference for scholarships will be given to people who meet any of these criteria:
- Never attended a CASE conference.
- From an under-represented population.
- New to educational advancement.
- Student who is planning a career in educational advancement.