R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership

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The R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Leadership seek to recognize principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment.  Four principals will be publicly recognized, one in each school district of the metropolitan area (i.e. the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and the City of Richmond).  Each award will consist of a $7,500 cash grant to the principal and an additional $7,500 for school projects chosen by the principal.

Nominees must be principals who:

  • Manage effectively to promote excellence in education
  • Demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment
  • Inspire their students and are advocates for their school and faculty
  • Encourage team spirit
  • Foster cooperation between the school and the community
  • Maintain dialogue with students, parents, faculty and staff
  • Have been a principal of their school for at least 3 years

Nomination Process

Nominations may be submitted from the school community and from the public at-large.  However, principals may not nominate themselves.

The nomination should take the form of a letter and explain the nominee's distinguished educational leadership.  Please also address the personal and professional qualities of the nominee as they relate to the criteria of this award.  The original nomination should be no more than two 8 1/2" x 11" typed or computer generated pages in length.  The nomination may be accompanied by up to three (3) additional one-page letters of support.

Nominations should be addressed to:

R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership
c/o The Community Foundation
Attn: Susan H. Hallett, Vice President, Programs
7501 Boulders View Drive, Suite 110
Richmond, VA 23225


All Nominations must be received by The Community Foundation no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, November 16, 2015.  Nominations will not be accepted by facsimile or e-mail.

Selection Process

Each district will establish a committee for screening its nominations in accordance with the above criteria and will select two nominees for consideration by the selection committee. Finalists must be selected from the current year nomination pool.  In addition to the nomination and letters of support, the local panel may consider additional factors, including but not limited to: quantifiable student achievement, student attendance, promotion and retention rates, faculty recognition, faculty attrition, school-community relations, parent involvement, school safety records, etc.  This information may be provided to the local panel at the discretion of the Superintendent’s office.  Personnel and individual student records may not be requested.  The local panel will provide to the Award Selection Committee a brief summary of those factors, which the panel considered in recommending the candidate for further consideration.

Each final candidate will be asked to supplement his/her candidacy by a professional vitae, not to exceed two (2) typed or computer generated pages.  Each final candidate also will be invited to interview with the Award Selection Committee.

The Award Selection Committee consists of the four district superintendents, representatives from the R.E.B. Foundation and The Community Foundation, and one at-large member.  This committee will select the four winners by majority vote.  Superintendents will abstain from voting on the nominees from their own district.

The final candidates selected by the Award Selection Committee will be forwarded to the full Board of Directors of the R.E.B. Foundation.  The decisions of the R.E.B. Foundation are final.

Announcement of Awards

The next award recipients will be publicly announced in April 2016. 

For More Information

Additional information is available from the Superintendent's Offices in Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond City.  Also, feel free to contact Susan Hallett at (804) 330-7400.