Our awards and honors

As an illustration of our impact and our commitment to supporting educators and improving students’ educational success, our organization and team leaders have been honored with several different awards. Listed below are some examples.

Fall 2014

The work of the Helps Education Fund was awarded the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Exemplary Award. This is a nationally competitive award, inclusive of all professional disciplines, with each university and college in the U.S. being allowed to nominate one university-affiliated person or program. Because the Helps Education Fund's founder and director is affiliated with NC State University, the university nominated the work of the Helps Education Fund for this prestigious award, earning it a top honor.

Spring 2012

Our work with the HELPS reading program was selected by one of our key university partners, NC State University, as one of three exemplary projects to be used in their university application for the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. NC State’s overall application for this award, in competition with over 750 applications from other U.S. universities, went on to receive the country’s top honor for general community service (http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/initiatives/honorroll.asp).

Spring 2011

We received the 2011 Opal Mann Green Engagement and Scholarship Award in recognition of the service and scholarship that occurs through our partnership with the Wake County Boys and Girls Club and NC State University.



Other awards

The founder and Executive Director of the Helps Education Fund has received several awards and honors for university-community collaboration and for getting research-based practices into the hands of educators and parents—both of which are key elements of our organizational goals and mission. Examples of these awards include:

  • Faculty Scholar Award (2013) - With financial support coming from the SAS Institute, this is one of NC State University's highest honors. 
  • Recipient of the 2010 Ernest A. Lynton Citation for Distinguished Engaged Scholarship (July 2010)—a nationally competitive award recognizing an early-career professor (across all academic disciplines) who demonstrates outstanding integration of community-engaged teaching, research, and service; the award is given by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE)
  • Recipient of the 2010-2011 Alumni Outstanding Extension Service Award; this award is given by the NC State University Alumni Association
  • Inducted into NC State University’s Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension (Spring 2011)
  • Outstanding Extension Service Award, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State University (Spring 2011)