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About the NU Schapiro Award

In the fall, graduating Northwestern seniors are invited to nominate high school teachers who have had a transforming impact on the lives of students.  

A selection committee made up of Northwestern faculty, staff, and students, chaired by Eugene Lowe, Assistant to the President and Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, reviews the nominations and requests teaching portfolios from nominated teachers for finalist consideration. 

A small group of finalists is interviewed, and the committee recommends five outstanding teachers to President Schill.

Winners of the award are invited to participate in Commencement exercises in June. Each teacher honored receives an award of $5,000. The winning teacher's high school also receives an award of $5,000.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2023 NU Schapiro Award. The deadline to nominate your teacher is Sunday, December 11, at 11:59 pm CT.

If you have any questions about the award, please e-mail

Reflections from Former Winners

Each year, Northwestern University recognizes five outstanding high school teachers with the NU Schapiro Award at its June Commencement exercises.

2022: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the NU Schapiro Award Program

2020: Students' Tribute to NU Schapiro Winners

2019: Students' Tribute to NU Schapiro Winners

2018: Students' Tribute to NU Schapiro Winners

2017: Students' Tribute to NU Schapiro Winners