• ASPRA*tion Awards Program

    Each year, the Arizona School Public Relations Association (ASPRA) recognizes standards of excellence in school public relations through its ASPRA*tion Awards. Winning entries will demonstrate how sound public relations principles (research, analysis, communication and evaluation), creativity and a commitment to improving communications were used in pursuit of organizational goals.

    Eligibility

    ASPRA members in good standing are eligible to submit entries. Entries submitted on behalf of non-member organizations are subject to the non-member fee.

    All winners will be notified in advance. Awards may not be presented in all categories based on the quality of entries submitted. The decision of the judges is final. Please do not call ASPRA regarding the results.

    Contest Period

    Activities and projects must have been underway or completed between August 1, 2020 and Nov. 5, 2021. Entries will be accepted beginning Wednesday, October 13, 2021 and must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 at 5 p.m.

    Entry Fees – Per Entry

    Purchase orders and checks should be made payable to: ASPRA, P.O. Box 68081, Phoenix, AZ 85082-8081.

    • Copper Medallion Award $40 member/$50 non-member
    • Publications and Electronic Media Award $25 member/$35 non-member
    • School Governing Board for Contributions to Education Award $25 member/$35 non-member
    • Superintendent for Contributions to Education Award $25 member/$35 non-member
    • Advocacy and Political Contributions to Education Award $25 member/$35 non-member
    • News Media for Excellence in Education Reporting Award $25 member/$35 non-member
    • Individual, Business, Foundation or Civic/Community Organization for Contributions to Education Award $25 member/$35 non-member

    Divisions

    The awards program is broken into two divisions:

    • School districts with more than 10,000 students
    • School districts with fewer than 10,000 students

    Judging

    Professionals in communications and another state public relations chapter outside of Arizona will serve as judges for most categories, and the ASPRA Executive Board will judge the remaining categories. Criteria are based on industry standards and professional judgment.

    Deadline for Entries

    Friday, November 12, 2021

    Make checks payable to ASPRA and send with entries to: ASPRA, P.O. Box 68081, Phoenix, AZ 85082-8081

    Electronic Nomination Procedures

    Each entry requires a URL to the piece(s) you are entering. We recommend hosting your entry on your district website or a cloud storage website like Google Drive. Judges will access your finished work via the URL you provide during the application process.

    Please complete this form to submit entries.

    Number of Entries

    Individuals may submit multiple entries but may not submit the same entry in more than one award category.

    Inappropriately labeled entries will be placed in the appropriate awards program or program category by the awards coordinator. If a limited number of entries are submitted in any one category, ASPRA reserves the right to combine or eliminate categories.

    Awards

    The 2022 ASPRA*tion Award Luncheon will be Friday, February 4.

    Winners will be notified by email in January 2022. Medallion Awards and Awards of Excellence will receive a plaque, and Awards of Merit will receive a certificate suitable for framing. Additional certificates and plaques may be ordered through ASPRA.

    Overview of all awards, criteria and guidelines.

    If you have questions about the ASPRA*tion Awards please contact President-Elect Matt Stamp at matthew.stamp@pima.gov.