Inspirational Educators

UNC Greensboro School of Education (SOE)

Wishing to recognize the significant impact so many educators have made in the lives of students, the UNC Greensboro School of Education is delighted to introduce a new initiative honoring Inspirational Educators. All monies raised through the nomination of Inspirational Educators will fund new Student Excellence Awards for UNC Greensboro School of Education students. When you nominate an Inspirational Educator, your gift not only honors a legacy, but inspires our students and helps us provide them with the best preparation possible.

Nominations for 2019 are closed. 2020 nominations will open soon!

Celebrating Impact & Inspiration

Because we believe education is a calling, recognizing Inspirational Educators honors the service of those educators to who UNC Greensboro alumni and friends are most grateful, celebrating them as outstanding educators who have had an impact on this world. This permanent recognition, launching in the Spring of 2019, will be displayed prominently in the School of Education Building.

The Impact of Inspiration

Over time, the UNC Greensboro School of Education will honor 1,000 Inspirational Educators, creating an endowment of $1,000,000 with all gifts going toward the Inspirational Educators Endowment. Each year, annual interest from the new endowment will fund merit-based scholarships and awards for School of Education students. This prestigious awards program will help attract more of the best and brightest students in the UNC Greensboro School of Education who demonstrate promise in the field of education.

How it Works

A gift of at least $1,000 ensures a permanent place for the honoree as an Inspirational Educator. In addition, this gift enrolls the donor(s) in the John H. Cook Society for that year.

  • Your $1,000 gift may be paid in installments over a 12-month period.
  • An Inspirational Educator may be nominated by an individual, their family, colleagues, or a group.
  • A gift of $26,000 allows you to nominate someone as an Inspirational Educator and establish an endowed scholarship in their name – or yours! Of this gift, $1,000 goes toward the Inspirational Educators Endowment to fund the Student Excellence Awards in the School of Education. The additional $25,000 may be paid over five years or included as part of your estate plans.
  • All gifts in support of Inspiration Educators and endowed scholarships are tax-deductible.

Honor a Legacy

The person you choose to nominate should be considered a star in their field or have had a significant impact on you or your family. This may include professors, teachers, counselors, administrators, librarians, or other education professionals. This is a chance to say “thank you” or “well done” to someone who has changed a life and put their heart into their work.

You minimum gift of $1,000 will secure a nameplate inscribed with the name of the honoree, which will be mounted permanently on the Inspirational Educators display. Your honoree also will be celebrated at the induction ceremony on April 14, 2019.

If the honoree holds a degree from UNC Greensboro, they will be identified with the UNC Greensboro seal on their nameplate. You may continue to honor the same person annually with a gift of $1,000; a star will be placed on the nameplate each year a gift is received. We will feature Inspirational Educators on the School of Education website along with information about the Student Excellence recipients.