Awards and Recognition Programs

​Communication Services coordinates and assists with many Education Recognition programs.

2016-2017 Oakland County Outstanding Teacher of the Year

For 30 years, Oakland Schools has recognized exemplary Oakland County public school district teachers in three categories: Elementary, Middle School and High School. Each district may submit one nominee in each category. Awards are presented to honor and reward Oakland county teachers who have achieved, through their effort and example, the highest standards of excellence in their profession. All nominees are celebrated and winner in each category receives a check for $2,000. This year's program is sponsored by Oakland Schools and the Oakland Schools Education Foundation. For more information, go to the Teacher of the Year webpage.

  • This year's nomination process will begin in December 2016
  • Nominations will be due to Oakland Schools on Friday, February 10, 2017
  • Winners will be announced via surprise classroom visit in late March or early April 2017
  • The recognition event for all nominees will take place at Oakland Schools on May 4, 2017
  • Questions regarding the program or event? 


2017 Excellence in Education (in partnership with The Oakland Press)

This is the 24th year that the Excellence in Education awards have been presented. Initially, this program recognized both outstanding high school seniors and educational programs. However, the focus of Excellence in Education has shifted solely to outstanding high school seniors who demonstrate high academic and school-related achievements in the face of personal challenges. The program is a partnership between The Oakland Press and Oakland Schools, the intermediate school district serving Oakland County schools.

Scholarships will be presented to five high school seniors as follows:

  • First place senior - $1,200
  • Second place senior - $1,000
  • Third place senior - $800
  • Fourth place senior - $600
  • Fifth place senior - $400

In the event of a tie, the award money will be split between the two winners. Example: if there is a tie for 2nd place, we will add the award money from 2nd and 3rd place, divide by two and both 2nd place winners will receive the same amount. Third place would be eliminated. Eligible high school seniors must demonstrate high academic and school-related achievements in the face of personal challenges. Students must have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA.


Public school districts, public school academies and nonpublic schools may each nominate one outstanding high school senior per high school. 

  • The nomination process for 2017 will begin in December 2016
  • Completed nominations are due to Oakland Schools on Thursday, February 9, 2017
  • Judging will take place in mid- to late-February 2017
  • Winners will be announced at the awards event at Oakland Schools on Monday, April 17, 2017
  • Questions?
      Communications@oakland.k12.mi.us


The Support Person of the Year Award (formerly Betty Campion Award)

This award, established in 1990, is a tribute to Betty Campion, a former Oakland Schools (1978-1992) and Walled Lake Board of Education (10 years) trustee, and recognizes one winner from those nominated for the honor. Candidates must be employed in a support position in a local district – transportation, maintenance, custodial, office personnel, food services, or professional support to teachers (including para-educators). The winner will receive a $250 cash award from the Oakland Schools Education Foundation and framed certificate of recognition which will be presented at his/her local board of education meeting in May or June.

Financial support for the Betty Campion award is provided by the Oakland Schools Education Foundation. Please note: There is a limit of one nomination per district. Additional information will be posted once the process is underway in early 2016.

In 2016 the award was renamed the Support Person of the Year Award and two nominees are selected. For more information visit the Oakland Schools Education Foundation website.

The Michigan Green Schools Program

The Michigan Green Schools Program encourages public and private schools to participate in environmentally friendly and energy savings activities. For more information, visit The Michigan Green Schools Program page.  

Tomorrow's Talent Today (formerly DENSO)​​

The Tomorrow's Talent Today scholarship program began as the DENSO scholarship program in 1991 with a $300,000 endowment from DENSO International America, Inc. In 2010, the Denso Scholarship Program began their partnership with the Oakland Schools Education Foundation. Scholarships, ranging from $2,500 to $500, are awarded based on a student's personal goals, academic achievement in technical fields, internships, work experience, and financial need. The 2016 Tomorrow's Talent Today recognition event will take place on May 10, 2016. ​