Education Excellence

For the past 26 years, the SET SEG Foundation, partnering with the Michigan Association of School Boards, has awarded $2,500 to Michigan public schools, districts and ISD programs to continue their positive influence on their students and community. Ten Education Excellence Awards will be granted to recognize and celebrate innovative teaching solutions across the state.

NEW THIS YEAR — Given the significant changes to this school year, rather than limit applications to specialty programs, we’re broadening our criteria to allow ALL creative approaches to education to be nominated. See below for more information.

New Expanded Criteria

Submissions will be accepted for innovative educational programs AND unique approaches to delivering education this year, including but not limited to…

  • Creative teaching methods used in response to COVID-19 limitations
  • Solutions that help bridge the gap between virtual or hybrid learning
  • Successful systems for maintaining student engagement while distanced


  • Your program/creative approach must be deployed/in operation during 2020
  • Your program/creative approach must take place within a public or intermediate school district in Michigan
  • Districts that have won in the past are eligible as long as the criteria above is met


  • $2,500 to expand and enhance your effort
  • Commemorative trophy
  • Education Excellence Award road sign
  • Congratulatory email to your principal and superintendent

Recognition of Award

Traditionally, SET SEG has presented awards onsite during district assemblies, board meetings or special events. In the event of continued COVID-19 concerns, we’ll plan to present awards to the district virtually as a safety precaution.

Media Recognition

Winners will be featured in news releases sent to:

  • Your district’s local news
  • Members and clients of SET SEG
  • Michigan Association of School Boards
  • Michigan Association of School Administrators
  • Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association

Grant Process

  • Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges involved in public education in Michigan
  • Submissions will be scored based on criteria and point allocations for each question within the application


Monday, December 14, 2020