OEF Awards - Nomination Information

OEF Awards

Okemos faculty and staff can apply to the OEF to request funding through the following OEF Grant Programs:

The purpose of the Okemos Education Foundation Awards is to recognize the exceptional and notable service of individuals associated with the Okemos Public School District. The OEF believes that Okemos is a district rich in excellence, innovation, creativity, and caring. It is not the intent of the OEF to determine which individuals are the best, but rather to provide an opportunity to celebrate the contributions made to the Okemos community.

Anyone may nominate an individual for an OEF Award. Nominees of Okemos employees must be employed in the current academic year and must not have received the same OEF Award previously. Self nominations are not accepted.

All award recipients and nominees (and nominators) will be notified of the OEF Awards Committee’s decisions in August, and they will be honored at the OEF Annual Awards Banquet in November.

The OEF Distinguished Alumni Award has different selection criteria and nomination procedures. Click here to learn more.

Nomination forms will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. June 23, 2023 in the OEF mailbox, located in the OPS Business Office on the 3rd Floor of the Administration Building.  Note:  see separate procedures for the OEF Distinguished Alumni Award.

Okemos Education Foundation
4406 Okemos Road
Okemos, MI 48864

The OEF Distinguished Alumni Award has different selection criteria and nomination procedures. Click here to learn more.

Tips for Creating a Strong Nomination Packet Download this list

Check eligibility. Has your nominee already won an OEF award? If so, she or he is ineligible for a second award, unless that person has changed positions. For example, if a support staff member won an OEF Special Recognition Award, then later was hired as a teacher, that person could be nominated for an OEF Commitment to Excellence Award. Check the OEF website (www.oefsite.org) to find out if your potential nominee has won in the past.


Start Early. Give yourself at least 2 weeks to gather the necessary support documents for a nomination. You’ll need to write a nominating statement, plus ask people to write letters of support (and send them back to you). The complete nomination packet must be delivered by the deadline. The OEF does not accept support letters that arrive separately from the nomination packet. (There are too many of them.)


Get support letters from a variety of people. Your nomination packet will be stronger if you show support from a cross-mix of people. A solid packet for a Commitment to Excellence Award nominee (excellence in teaching) might include: a student, a parent, a colleague of the nominee, and the building principal. At the very least, 2 such letters are needed. No more than 5 are considered by the selection committee (although ALL letters are forwarded to the nominee and will most definitely be treasured by that person).


Tell your story. Our district is full of dedicated people who deserve to be recognized for the fabulous jobs they do. Make your nominee stand out by giving us some examples of why you think this person deserves an OEF award. What sets this candidate apart from the others?


Be complete. Make sure you have included all the requested information on the Nomination Form, including home addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, etc. so that we can contact both you and the nominee.


Get it in on time. Your nomination letter, along with the letters of support, must arrive in the OEF mailbox in the Business Office (3rd floor) of the OPS administration building no later than the deadline date. To be fair to everyone, the deadline is not extended.


Try again! The OEF must limit the number of award recipients each year, and the Selection Committee often has to make difficult choices about which nominees are recognized. If your nominee is not selected, consider re-submitting the packet with any updates the following year.


Questions? Let us know. Email awards@oefsite.org
Good luck! And thank you for helping the OEF recognize excellence in our district.

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