College Access Impact Awards

On the evening of March 12, 2018, Michigan College Access Network will honor organizations and individuals whose efforts have gone above and beyond to improve postsecondary attainment. The eight award categories recognize individuals and organizations that have had a tremendous impact on increasing college readiness, participation, and completion in Michigan, particularly among low-income and first-generation students and students of color. MCAN uses these awards as a way of bringing positive attention to the great work happening around the state each year. 


2018 Award Categories 

MCAN is pleased to recognize individuals, organizations and/or corporations who go above and beyond the call of duty, and have made remarkable contributions to change the face of education and help more Michigan residents access and succeed in postsecondary education. The following awards will be presented at the conference in March.

THE CHIEF MATE AWARD: Providing Comprehensive Programming

School counseling programs play a vital role in ensuring students are provided the support they need to enroll in and complete college - a key component to Michigan meeting our Big Goal - 60 percent by 2025. The recipient of this award is an individual school counselor or school counseling program that has made significant strides in advancing the college readiness and enrollment supports and services to students which assists in moving the needle on critical postsecondary metrics.

Now Accepting Nominations! For additional information and/or nomination materials, please click here


THE BEACON AWARD: Strengthening Success through Partnerships

Comprehensively aligning the organizational leaders in the college access and success field allows for the design and implementation of a unified vision for progress toward the Big Goal – 60 percent by 2025. The Michigan College Access Network convenes and engages cross-sector partners to galvanize movement toward collaboration. The recipient of this award is an individual or organization that has continually endeavored to unite programs, activities and/or operations in support of postsecondary attainment.

THE CARDINAL AWARD: Rallying Communities to Impact
Boosting the college access activity in communities on the ground level helps drive the state toward the Big Goal – 60 percent by 2025. Promoting campaigns that urge students, parents, school staff and citizens to take direct action helps create a sense of urgency around the postsecondary planning process. The recipient of this award is an individual or organization that has advanced the college-going culture through significant investment in statewide campaigns. 


THE COMPASS AWARD: Advocating for Attainment

Ensuring public policy supports Michigan’s momentum toward achieving the Big Goal – 60 percent by 2025 – is a critical strategy of the Michigan College Access Network. Working with mission-aligned allies, MCAN advises policymakers at all levels on crafting dynamic legislation that results in reduced barriers and increased attainment across the state and country. Recipients of this award have launched and/or championed bold proposals that focus on increasing Michigan’s postsecondary attainment rate.


THE FLAGSHIP AWARD: Developing Sustainable Networks

The creation and support of Local College Access Networks across the state is the primary strategy of the Michigan College Access Network. Mobilizing high level leaders, network staff and community resources creates lasting infrastructure locally in support of the Big Goal – 60 percent by 2025. The recipient of this award is an individual or organization that has provided leadership in the creation of effective alliances focused on postsecondary attainment.


THE OMBUDSMAN AWARD: Supporting Students, Counselors and Schools

Placing well-trained college advisers in high schools across the state creates strong partnerships with counselors and principals to embed a college-going culture in their building. Working with MCAN's partners in this effort - the Michigan College Advising Corps and the Michigan State University College Advising Corps and through our own advising program, AdviseMI, three college advisors are selected for this award to honor their on-the-ground efforts in high schools to reach the Big Goal - 60 percent by 2025. The recipients of this award have a passion for college access, have persevered over challenges while engaged in their year of service, and have proudly represented AmeriCorps to students, families and the public.


THE STEWARD AWARD: Creating College Access Talent

Michigan College Access Network values the professional development of individuals working in the college access field – including high school counselors and college advisors. By supporting a well-trained sector, MCAN aims to increase the number of students enrolling in, persisting through and completing postsecondary education in order to hit the Big Goal – 60 percent by 2025. The recipient of this award is an individual or organization that has dramatically contributed to increasing the skills, talent andknowledge of college access professionals in Michigan. 


THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARD: Recognizes the achievements and dedication of an ardent supporter of college access and success
 

In support of the inaugural awards to celebrate MCAN's fifth anniversary, its Board of Directors saw fit to create an award that they may present when the occasion arises but not necessarily each year. The Board of Directors Award is given to an individual organization that has been particularly supportive of MCAN's mission and the Big Goal - 60 percent by 2025.  


NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS! 2018 Chief Mate Award for Providing Comprehensive Programming  

School counseling programs play a vital role in ensuring students are provided the support they need to enroll in and complete college - a key component to Michigan meeting our Big Goal - 60 percent by 2025. The Michigan College Access Network works to ensure college and career readiness is a priority within school counseling programs.

The recipient of the Chief Mate Award is an individual school counselor or school counseling program that has made significant strides in advancing the college readiness and enrollment supports and services to students, which assists in moving the needle on critical postsecondary metrics. This award will be presented at MCAN’s awards dinner on March 12, 2018 as part of the MCAN Conference March 12-13, 2018.

Award Criteria

The recipient of this award should demonstrate the following characteristics, skills, and achievements:

  • A passion for college access
  • Creation of a college going culture in their school and community
  • Leadership provided amongst their peers, the school and colleagues
  • Demonstrated success in moving the needle on critical post-secondary metrics
  • Active engagement within the school’s larger community including the Local College Access Network, where appropriate
Nomination and Award Selection Process

Chief Mate Award nominations are welcomed and accepted from anyone. Nominees must be school counseling programs, an individual school counselor, or a team of school counselors

Deadline for submitting nominations: Nov. 30, 2017.  

Nominations must be submitted online. A preview of the nomination questions is available to download, prior to completing the online nomination form. Both can be accessed below: 

Download Preview of Nomination Questions

Access Online Nomination Form

Questions?

If you have any questions about the award or the nomination process, please contact Ryan Fewins-Bliss, deputy director for community investment, via email at ryan(a)micollegeaccess.org or by calling (517) 316-1713


Past Award Recipients


THE BEACON AWARD: Strengthening Success through Partnerships

2017 Honorees: Fostering Success Michigan at Western Michigan University

2016 Honoree: 12 partner colleges from the AdviseMI program - Alma College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan  University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Madonna University, Oakland University, Saginaw Valley State  University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

THE CARDINAL AWARD: Rallying Communities to Impact
2017 Honoree: Hazel Park High School

2016 Honoree: Holton High School                                                                                                       

THE CHIEF MATE AWARD: Providing Comprehensive Programming
2017 Honoree: Catherine Longstreet, Hastings High School

2016 Honoree: Robert Drake, counselor at Jonesville High School

THE COMPASS AWARD: Advocating for Attainment
2017 Honorees: Dr. Venessa Keesler, Michigan Department of Education 

2016 Honoree: Sen. Geoff Hansen and Rep. Tim Kelly

THE FLAGSHIP AWARD: Developing Sustainable Networks
2017 Honoree: Jackson County Cradle to Career Education Network

2016 Honoree: Launch Manistee  

THE OMBUDSMAN AWARD: Supporting Students, Counselors and Schools
2017 Honorees: Dillon Frechen, Oakridge High School and Holton High School; Alexa Lynch, Sexton High School; Lindsay Mieden, Woodhaven High School

2016 Honorees:Ellen Goedert, Michigan College Advising Corps adviser; Jon Lockwood, AdviseMI college adviser; Ashley Justice,  Michigan State University College Advising Corps adviser

THE STEWARD AWARD: Creating College Access Talent
2017 Honoree: Hartland High School Counseling Program, Hartland High School

2016 Honoree: Dr. Patrick O'Connor, associate dean of college counseling at Cranbrook School  

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARD: Recognizes the achievements and dedication of an ardent supporter of college access and success.
2017 Honoree: Dan DeGrow, St. Clair County RESA

2016 Honoree: Lumina Foundation                                                                              

 

 

 

 

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