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Nominate your teacher 

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

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.

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.



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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