Foundation of Excellence seeks nominations.

he Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is seeking nominations for its 2014 Outstanding Program Awards for Local Education Foundations.

The foundation annually recognizes innovative programs sponsored or administered by public school foundations. Trophies and monetary awards of $1,000 each will be presented to honorees at the Oct. 21 at the Fall Forum for Local Education Foundations.

Recognized programs may include but are not limited to: mentoring, arts integration, student leadership development, curriculum enhancement, student scholarships, professional development for teachers, public relations and fundraising. Nominations for recognition may come from anyone in the community knowledgeable about the foundation, including its board members. Only one program per foundation may be nominated for recognition.

Nomination forms and instructions, as well as descriptions of past recipients, are available online at Nominations must be postmarked on or before March 14 and mailed to the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, 120 N. Robinson, Suite 1420-W, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. The foundation’s LEF Outstanding Program Award Selection Committee will notify winners by May 1.

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing and encouraging academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools. Among its many programs, the foundation provides free training and resources to new and established local education foundations across the state.

For more information, contact Karen Rose, director of Local Education Foundation Outreach, at (918) 743-5533 or e-mail