Ashley O. Thrift Volunteer Award
Karen W. Ponder Leadership Award
Stephanie Fanjul National Smart Start Conference Scholarship Awards
Each year, NCPC seeks nominations in honor of three distinguished individuals who have devoted exceptional leadership over many years for the young children, families, professionals and communities that span the network of North Carolina’s early childhood system. The three awards are:
- Ashley O. Thrift Volunteer Award, established in 2009 to honor Ashley’s commitment, passion for children, and tireless efforts on behalf of Smart Start since its inception. Ashley served as Board Chair first at the local partnership in Forsyth County and then for 14 years as the Board Chair for NCPC. This award is given to a current or past local partnership board chair that embodies Ashley’s same dedication.
- Karen W. Ponder Leadership Award, in honor of Karen’s exceptional leadership which has resulted in bettering the lives of young children and families across the state. This award recognizes the contribution of community volunteers (advocates, civic leaders, board members, faith leaders, family members, etc.) and nominees must exemplify the following qualities :
- Passionate commitment to the vision of a stronger community for children and families.
- The ability to lead and inspire others in pursuit of that vision.
- Personal integrity, humility, and professional will.
- Willingness to work hard, stay the course even in the face of adversity, and acknowledge the contributions of others.
- An unbridled and optimistic pursuit of possibility.
- National Smart Start Conference Scholarships in honor of Stephanie Fanjul, was newly created in 2014 and scholarships are awarded to three local partnership Executive Directors. Stephanie’s exceptional commitment to growing leaders that support high quality early childhood consistently strengthened the Smart Start network across the state. These scholarships recognize Executive Directors that exemplify the same drive and passion for strengthening local engagement through the use of research-driven decision making and strategic advocacy to close the gap on disparities for young children. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged for this award.
All awards are announced at the 2014 National Smart Start Conference. Conference awardees receive one full paid conference registration and are notified at least one month prior to the conference start date. Ponder and Thrift awardees receive a small gift and a contribution of $1,000 made in the recipient’s honor to the local Smart Start Partnership in the recipient’s county of residence.
Who can be nominated? Residents of North Carolina. Specifics are listed in italics in the above descriptions. NOTE: Smart Start Executive Directors and current Board Chairs are not eligible for the Ponder Award.
When is the deadline for award nominations? Nominations must be emailed to Daryl Majkowski at email@example.com by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2014.
Who will review the nominations? Nominations will be reviewed by a team of objective reviewers.
What will be the cash value of these awards? A cash award of $1,000 will be made to the local Smart Start partnership in the county of residence of the Thrift and Ponder award recipients. No cash will be awarded for the Fanjul conference scholarships.