The Ohio Education Association Friend of Education Award recognizes a person and/or organization whose leadership, actions, and support have contributed to the improvement of public education on a statewide and/or national level. Past recipients include a U.S. Senator, U.S. Representatives, and a corporation.
Any member of the Ohio Education Association may nominate an individual or organization to receive this award by completing the nomination form and sending it to the office of the President of the Ohio Education Association. The OEA President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer shall review the nomination(s) and supporting rationale. Based on their review and decision, they may submit a nomination for the award to the OEA Professional Efficacy Core Function Committee. Current members of the OEA Board of Directors and/or the Professional Efficacy Core Function Committee are not eligible for this award. In addition, members of the Professional Efficacy Core Function Committee are not eligible for two years after completion of service on the committee to apply or be nominated.
The Friend of Education Award is presented at the OEA Spring Representative Assembly as well as the OEA Awards Banquet in Columbus during the weekend of the OEA Spring Representative Assembly.