The AAWCC Board of Directors takes pride in honoring outstanding women leaders and model programs from across the nation at the Awards Breakfast each year. Our awards for outstanding women include the Of the YearUnder 40, and the Model Programs Awards

Award winners are recognized each year at the AAWCC Breakfast at the AACC Annual Convention. National regional scholarships are also presented at the awards ceremony. The application/nomination period and deadlines for each of the awards will be announced online.

Of the Year Awards

There are many people who deserve recognition for their outstanding efforts on behalf of women! Now is your chance to honor them by nominating one of them for an AAWCC National award.

AAWCC Of the Year Awards are:

  • The Carolyn Desjardins CEO Award for Outstanding Service and Support to AAWCC

  • The Mildred Bulpitt Woman of the Year Award

  • The Trustee of the Year Award

Nominations for the AAWCC Of the Year awards are due April 4, 2022, via online form. Criteria for each of the awards are listed within the nominating form. 

Past Award Recipients

Under 40 Awards
The purpose of the AAWCC Women Under 40 award is to recognize and elevate exceptional women from community colleges who are consistently exceeding expectations. Each year, we seek to recognize up to 40 rising stars who are making a difference beyond the scope of their positions at the college that they serve.  This is an annual recognition of the youngest community college women  who are "movers and shakers" on their community college campuses. You may nominate yourself or someone else.

AAWCC will review each nomination. Please be accurate, brief, and convincing. We are looking for a personal description (not to exceed 300 words) that describes the nominee's accomplishments and impact. You will also have the opportunity to provide a brief statement of 150 words or less containing relevant community college information that supports the nomination. A head shot of the nominee is also requested. Previously named AAWCC Under 40 recipients are ineligible for this year’s recognition.
The 2021 Under 40 class will be featured on the AAWCC website and at our annual Leadership Conference in October, along with other opportunities.

Past Award Recipients 

Model Program Awards

The purpose of the Model Programs Award initiative is to: increase AAWCC membership and enhance participation in AAWCC activities in community collegesencourage the development of mentoring experiences for women, and promote the sharing of information about programs and activities that support women in community colleges.

Applicants for the Model Program Award choose one of the following four categories: 

  1. Program Award: national recognition of an official AAWCC chapter and its members who make a significant contribution on behalf of women through a major project, event or program. Past winners of this award conducted one major annual fundraiser to support an entire year's worth of activities or delivered monthly educational sessions to college and community women. Programs may be in person or virtual.
  2. Digital Media Award: national recognition of programs and chapters that promote and advocate for women through digital media, including websites, podcasts, video, and social media. The content must be original to the chapter submitting the application and available for AAWCC to share and promote.
  3. Chapter Award: national recognition of an official AAWCC chapter and its members who, through a variety of programs and/or services, have made significant contributions on behalf of women. The applicant must demonstrate that the AAWCC chapter involved meets all the requirements established by AAWCC for chapter designation. Past winners were chapters that offered educational programs for women, sponsored scholarships for women, contributed to community agencies or events on behalf of women, and/or made a difference at their college campus for women.
  4. Community College Award: national recognition of a community college for a program or programs that demonstrate a commitment to equity and excellence for women on campus. Past winners have created such programs as a leadership academy for women that involves challenging professional development activities that promote career advancement.

To apply for the Model Program Awards:

  • Complete the Model Program Awards Application.

  • Include a statement signed by the college’s CEO authorizing AAWCC to publicize information about the applicant’s model program in its publications and other appropriate publications for use by AAWCC members and chapters. Community colleges with AAWCC chapters or institutional memberships are eligible to apply for award.

  • Provide published materials and documents that support the application and/or describe the model program, including brochures, newsletters, flyers, etc.

Past Award Recipients

Contact Us:  info@aawccnatl.org 

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