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Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award

In the fall, President Morton Schapiro asks the graduating seniors to nominate teachers who have had a transforming impact on students. A selection committee chaired by the President of the Associated Student Government and Eugene Lowe, Assistant to the President and Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, reviews the nominations and request teaching portfolios from nominated teachers for finalist consideration.

A small group of finalists are interviewed and the committee recommends five outstanding teachers to President Schapiro for this recognition.

Winners of the award are invited to participate in Commencement exercises in June. Each teacher honored receives an award of $5,000.  His or her high school also receives an award of $5,000.

If you are a graduating senior and wish to nominate a high school teacher, please use the teacher nomination form.

If you have any questions about the Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher award, please e-mail

Reflections from former winners

Each year, Northwestern University recognizes outstanding high school teachers at its Commencement ceremony with the Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award. The award is co-sponsored by the Associated Student Government and the Office of the President.

Distinguished Secondary Teachers Award 2017: Students' Tribute

2015 Distinguished Secondary Teachers Award 2015

Message from the President

President Morton Schapiro shares his thoughts on the Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award.