Award Process
Here you can learn everything you need to know about completing a nomination, endorsing a nominee and information about using the online form. If you have any questions about this process, you can check the FAQS or reach out to us directly by clicking CONTACT, both are in the main navigation bar above.
Who Can Nominate and Be Nominated

Schools and/or public citizens in Utah are invited to nominate individuals in any or all of four award categories: teacher, administrator, volunteer, or special education teacher. 

Single nominations only — team or group nominations will not be accepted. Incomplete, excessive or duplicate applications from the same source will be disqualified. Previous winners are not eligible. Nominations cannot be made by immediate family or by the nominee themselves.

All applicants must use the approved online nomination form. Nominations submitted by mail, fax or in-person will not be accepted. 

The Huntsman Awards Committee strongly recommends people whose nominees do not win in a given year to re-submit.

TEACHER: This category is open to any full-time, certified, Utah public school teacher (elementary, middle school, high school) whose major responsibility is the direct instruction of students and who has completed a minimum of five (5) years teaching experience.

ADMINISTRATOR: This category is open to any on-site, practicing principal, vice-principal, or counselor of a public elementary, middle or high school, who has completed a minimum of five (5) years experience.

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER: Nominations are open to any full-time, certified, Utah public school teacher who has worked exclusively in a self-contained special education classroom in an elementary, junior high or high school, for a minimum of five (5) years.

VOLUNTEER: Any volunteer who has direct involvement with children in the classroom of a public school on a regular basis without pay for at least two (2) full years may be nominated in this category. For example, retired individuals who dedicate their time, talents, and skills to further enhance students’ learning experience.

Using The Online Nomination Form

Set up an account. The first step to submitting a nomination is to set up an account. 

After clicking on the NOMINATE button, you will be prompted to provide your name and email address and to create a password. Once your account is created, you can sign in and begin your nomination.

Provide information about your nominee. To make a nomination, first choose the proper category for your candidate: teacher, administrator, volunteer, or special education teacher. Next, complete all the fields for your nominee, including name, contact information, current title, and the number of years of experience or service. 

For teachers, you will also select the grade(s) they teach. For teachers who teach multiple grades, you may select all that apply. You will also need to provide information about your nominee’s institution and supervisor, including contact information.  

Provide information about the nominating person. After completing all fields for your nominee, you will also need to provide information about the nominating person (you). This includes your name, phone number, email address, and relationship to the nominee. 

Bear in mind that candidates may not be nominated by immediate family.

Request six endorsements. Once you have provided information about your nominee and yourself, you will need to list the names and titles for the six people endorsing your application, plus their relationship to the nominee. 

  • People endorsing this application should be very familiar with the nominee, but should not be immediate family.
  • Endorsers should represent more than one sector of education (e.g., teachers, administrators, parents, students, etc.) and should have direct knowledge of the nominee's activities and achievements. 
  • After providing their names and titles, please click the REQUEST ENDORSEMENTS button, which will prompt you for the email addresses for the endorsers. 
  • We will then contact the endorsers requesting further information, including an e-signature indicating their willingness to be interviewed by phone, if necessary.
  • Instructions for endorsers. Endorsers will be notified by email of a request for an endorsement. Endorsers will need to create an account to complete the endorsement process.
  •  Endorsers will be asked for their name, title/position, email address and phone number, as well as an e-signature to indicate their willingness to be interviewed by phone, if necessary.  

Saving and managing nominations and endorsements. We recommend gathering all your information before you begin your application. However, you can also start and save an application in progress and come back to finish it later. 

You can access your applications in progress by logging into your account and choosing MANAGE NOMINATION. This will display a list of your submitted applications, your applications in progress, and any pending endorsement requests that you may need to complete.

Your Essay

The most important part of your application is the essay. In 7000 characters or less, please explain why you believe your nominee deserves this award. 

What unique contributions has the nominee made? How do they exemplify excellence by having a direct, positive impact on the lives and education of public school children? 

Please be sure to give specific examples with pertinent details, including information about the school, classroom structure and number of students enrolled.

Explain the nominee's experience within the professional field and what they are doing to enhance student academic achievement.

Include comments from contributors to provide support for your nomination. Please reach out to supervisors, peers, parents, and students to gather comments to support your case for why you believe your nominee deserves this award.

These comments should be woven into your essay. You can gather these comments on your own, or you can use the online nomination form to invite contributors to send you comments to your own email inbox.

Save or submit your nomination. If you want to start your essay and come back to it later, you can hit SAVE and it will be stored for you. 

To return to unsubmitted applications, sign in and click MANAGE NOMINATION, which will direct you to a list of your nominations in progress.

Once you are ready to submit your application, simply click SUBMIT and the nomination will be transmitted to the award committee. 

Applications cannot be changed after submission.

The Selection Process

Nominations are due by Friday, March 20, 2020.

Nominations are reviewed by an initial application reading committee, which looks for nominees who exemplify excellence by having a direct, positive impact on the lives and education of public school children. 

The committee chooses the most outstanding nominees and gives their applications to the Board of Judges for the final selection.

Winners will be announced approximately sixty (60) days later.