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Awards Requirements and Nomination Process

Award Nomination Process

February 15 is the deadline for ALL award submissions. A complete nomination form, along with any recommendation letters and all other supporting materials, must be received by the awards committee chairperson on or before Feb. 15. All award recipients will receive a one-year NMEA membership and an engraved award.

To submit a nomination online, go to the Awards Nomination Page

The Johnette D. Bosarge Memorial Award

We're proud to announce a new award in loving memory of Johnette D. Bosarge, who served as our administrative assistant from 1999-2013. This will be an annual, monetary award in the amount of $500 to be used as the recipient deems appropriate for attending the annual NMEA Conference and/or in the recipient’s formal or informal facility for educational purposes. A sea star sculpture containing the recipient’s name will also be presented during the Awards Ceremony at the annual NMEA Conference. This award is not based on fiscal need.

Access the full description and application form here >

Outstanding Teacher Award

For effective and innovative classroom teaching at any level. Only NMEA members are eligible. Nominees must be NMEA members in good standing before award application is submitted. Participation in NMEA is an important consideration for the award. Documentation describing candidate’s classroom environment, innovative materials and activities used and/or developed, integration of marine topics into various subject areas, and evidence of successful performance by candidate’s students should be detailed in nomination package.

James Centorino Award

For distinguished performance in marine education by professionals who are not classroom teachers. Only NMEA members are eligible. Nominees must be NMEA members in good standing before award application is submitted. Active participation in NMEA is an important consideration. Documentation describing major contributions, such as outstanding leadership, program development, and participation in marine education organizations over the past five years, should be detailed in the nomination package.

Marine Education Award

For outstanding work and leadership in any aspect of marine education at the local, regional, or national level. Can be awarded to a member or a non-member of NMEA, for current or past accomplishments. Documentation describing nominee’s career accomplishments in marine education, such as national and/or regional impact, leadership, programs, etc., should be detailed in nomination package.


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