Dr. Samuel Robinson Award – Dr. Robinson served on the Kentucky Board of Education from 1991 until 2004 and provided magnificent commitment, service and leadership as an advocate for all children. This award is given in the spring of each year to a Kentuckian or a Kentucky organization that has exhibited leadership, commitment and service to equity and opportunity in education for all Kentucky children.
Dr. Johnnie Grissom Award - The late Dr. Johnnie Grissom served as a long-time KDE employee in the role of Associate Commissioner for the Office of Special Instructional Services. She provided magnificent commitment, service and leadership striving to help all students achieve at high levels through instructional equity and in closing the achievement gap. This award is given in the spring of each year to a Kentuckian or a Kentucky organization to honor outstanding dedication to improving student achievement and for closing the achievement gap.
Joseph W. Kelly Award - Joe Kelly served on the Kentucky Board of Education from 1989 until 1998 and provided magnificent leadership as its chair for the first seven years – the critical early years of implementing and nurturing Kentucky’s nationally recognized school improvement efforts. Mr. Kelly was committed and devoted to public education and his career exemplifies the significant contributions that members of the business community are making in support of Kentucky’s students. This award is given in the fall of each year to a businessperson who has offered outstanding leadership and service toward promoting school improvement and equity of educational opportunity for all Kentucky children.
David Karem Award - Mr. David Karem served on the Kentucky Board of Education from 2009 through 2016. He has experienced a very distinguished professional career, having served for thirty-three (33) years in the Kentucky State Senate and Chair of the Senate Education Committee. During his tenure in the Kentucky General Assembly, Mr. Karem championed the passage of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) and led the efforts for the 4% school tax levy by school districts. This award is given in the fall of each year to state policymakers, education leaders, or citizens who have contributed to the improvement of education through venues such as national commissions, task forces, or other significant boards and organizations.
Joseph W. Kelly Award Memo and Nomination Form
David Karem Award Memo and Nomination Form
Dr. Samuel Robinson Award Memo and Nomination Form
Dr. Johnnie Grissom Award Memo and Nomination Form