Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Accepting Nominations for Civic Education Award

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 15, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen,
Bradford Queen,
(502) 564-3490

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award. The award recognizes teachers, school administrators, legislators and community leaders who have made significant contributions toward promoting civic learning to teach students the importance of being engaged citizens.

"I have met inspiring young Kentuckians across our state who are responsible and engaged citizens," said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief advocate for civic engagement. "Behind each successful student is an amazing educator. This award is a great opportunity to recognize Kentuckians who have selflessly dedicated their time, talents and energy to the success of Kentucky's future -- our youth."

The award winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize to be used to further his or her civic learning initiatives or program. One finalist will be selected from each Kentucky High School Athletic Association region, and the winner and each finalist will receive a plaque and be recognized during the KHSAA Boy’s Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament in Lexington.

Dr. Marion F. Simon from Kentucky State University in Frankfort received the 2014 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award. She has been a leader in the agricultural and farming communities for nearly 40 years. Dr. Simon is a professor and coordinator of the Division of Food and Animal Sciences at Kentucky State. She is known for creating The Third Thursday Thing, a hands-on educational program for producers, farming professionals, and home-schooled students.

The Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award is part of Grimes’ ongoing efforts to improve civic engagement in Kentucky. In her first two years in office, Grimes conducted a statewide series of 15 roundtables at Kentucky colleges and universities to discuss ways to improve Kentucky’s overall civic health. At the conclusion of the yearlong initiative, she released the Kentucky Civic Health Assessment, which summarizes the topics and solutions discussed during the forums.

Application/Nomination forms and additional information about the award are available at The Office of the Secretary of State is proud to sponsor this award with the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Kentucky Department of Education.

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