2024 Excellence in Education Awards / Merit Scholars Ceremony

This year's CIU 20 Excellence in Education Awards and Merit Scholars Ceremony will be jointly celebrated this year on May 9, 2024-- more details to follow!

Deadline to submit nomination applications is March 1, 2024 has been extended to March 11th. See below for submission information.


What are the Excellence in Education Awards?

The Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 Excellence in Education Awards program is held annually to recognize outstanding educational programs throughout the public schools across Colonial Intermediate Unit 20. The awards program is presented by Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 and its member school districts. Designed by the world famous Crystal Signatures Company, the Excellence in Education Award is a prestigious award given to celebrate and recognize exceptional teaching and learning programs in our schools and communities.


What are the categories for nominations?

A total of seven awards may be presented. Award presentations may be made in the following categories:

  • Category One: Three awards may be presented to educational programs or activities that take creative approaches toward providing highly effective teaching and learning opportunities.
  • Category Two:  Three awards may be presented to educational programs or activities that are built around active engagement of parents, families and/or the community in school efforts that strengthen or enhance student performance and school success.
  • Category Three: One award may be presented to a non-school entity that has a demonstrated commitment to supporting efforts to strengthen and preserve public schools.

How do I apply to win an Excellence in Education Award?

A nomination consists of this online form - Nominations may be submitted by any resident, school student, school employee or school entity on behalf of the public schools in Monroe, Northampton or Pike County.  Each submission may only be entered in one category.  On the nomination form you will also find a copy of the judging rubrics for each category to guide you through the application process.


When are the Excellence in Education Awards taking place this year?

The 2024 Excellence in Education Awards will be presented on May 9, 2024 -- more details to follow.

Who do I contact with questions?

Julie Eates

Coordinator of Public Relations & Marketing

Colonial Intermediate Unit 20


[email protected]

CIU 20 will honor students recognized by the National Merit Scholar Program as Finalists, Semi-Finalists and Commended students.


Please submit your high school’s students recognized as National Merit Scholars by February 15, 2024 on this electronic form: www.ciu20.org/submitscholars/. If your school doesn’t have any this year, please specify that on the form.