The Minority Recognition Awards were established to honor the outstanding achievements of minorities from across the state of Maryland. The award has five categories:  public education, politics, leadership, community involvement, and the fifth category celebrates the contributions an MSEA Aspiring Educator makes in the promotion of the United Education Profession (local affiliate/MSEA/NEA).

Questions? Contact Tina Dove, [email protected].

Click here to see a list of past Minority Recognition Award winners. 

Submissions can be made via a hard copy nomination form or via the form at the bottom of this page. 
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The nominee should:

A. Demonstrate leadership on public education issues.

B. Foster increased public understanding of public schools in American society.

C. Promote a positive image of public education on behalf of students, parents, and educators.

D. Encourage and promote improvement in Maryland’s public school system.


Education Award

Leadership Award

Politics Award

Community Award

Aspiring Educator Award



Awards may be given to individuals whose nomination is in compliance with the procedures outlined below.

  1. Anyone submitting the established nomination form and seconding form (see below) must be an active, retired, or life member of either MSEA or NEA
  2. All nomination forms must bear the signature of the person making the nomination along with his/her home address; and the signatures of four (4) seconders. The nomination form must also be accompanied by a typed 100 word personal statement as well as supporting materials such as copies of newspaper clippings, certificates, and/or citations.
     NOTE: Supplementary materials provided must relate directly to the specific criterion or criteria for which the candidate is being nominated. Items will not be returned so photo copies are sufficient.
  3. Members of the MSEA Minority Affairs Committee during the year of the award are ineligible to receive the award. A member of the MSEA Minority Affairs Committee may not nominate a potential recipient, but may second a nomination. Only one second may come from a member of the committee.
  4. Present MSEA officers and members of the Board of Directors are ineligible to receive this award, to nominate, or to second the nomination of a potential recipient.
  5. The Board of Directors as a body may, by a unanimous vote of board members present and voting, nominate a group or an elected or appointed individual outside the United Education Profession. The Board of Directors must follow the nomination procedural requirements.


In this program, minority shall mean those persons designated as ethnic minority by statistics published by the United States Bureau of the Census. This designation shall specifically include Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Asian, and American Indian/Alaska Native.


Nominations can be completed in two ways:

  1. Completed hard copy nomination forms and supporting documents, in one complete nomination packet, are to be received at MSEA Headquarters, 140 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, no later than 5:00 p.m. November 1.
  2. Completed online nomination forms and attached supporting documents to be received via the below form no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 1.

Presentation of the Award

Honorees will be celebrated at the Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in January.


Step 1 of 2

Seconding the Nomination

(Four required seconders must be active or retired, including life members of MSEA or MSEA-Aspiring Educator):