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We are pleased to announce that Northwestern University will soon be accepting nominations for the 2022 Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award (DSTA), a prestigious honorific given to several outstanding high school educators each year.

Five teachers are selected, based on a process in which graduating seniors nominate teachers who have had transforming impact on students. Each teacher honored will receive an award of $5,000. Additionally, each winning teacher's high school will also receive an award of $5,000.

If you are a Northwestern University senior and would like to nominate a teacher with whom you took a course in high school for the Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award, please start your nomination by clicking on the "Nominate Your Teacher" button below. 

basic-info.png         Basic Information

         Teacher's name, email, subjects taught, etc.



 nomination-essay.pngNomination Essay

 Approximately 500 words on the impact this teacher had on your educational experience.



The priority deadline for nominations for the Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award is Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 11:59pm CST. Award recipients will be announced in April 2022. Student nominators of the award winning teachers will also be recognized during Commencement events.

Nominate your teacher

Nomination criteria

  • Teacher must be currently working to advance the field of education in a 9-12th grade classroom (or the international equivalent) at the time of nomination.
  • Student nominator must be a current Northwestern senior graduating in either Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, or Summer 2022.
  • Both domestic (U.S.) and international (non-U.S.) teachers are eligible to receive this award.

Please e-mail with any questions about the Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award.

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