Each year at the NETWORK conference, MCAE presents the Outstanding Student Award, Outstanding Educator Award, and the Ruth E. Derfler Memorial Scholarship.

The submission period for awards nominations is closed. Please join us at NETWORK 2021 for the awards presentations.

The Outstanding Student Award is presented to a student who has:
  • Improved the life situation(s) of self/others as a result of the learning/teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership within the teaching/learning environment.
  • Met significant challenges in an effective way.
  • Been supportive of others engaged in teaching or learning in the field of adult education.
The Outstanding Educator Award is presented to a teacher, counselor, administrator or volunteer who has:
  • Improved the life situation(s) of learners/colleagues as a result of the learning/teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership within the teaching/learning/counseling/ administrative environment.
  • Met significant challenges in an effective way.
  • Been supportive of others engaged in teaching or learning in the field of adult education.
  • Demonstrated achievements which show selfless dedication, service and commitment to the principles of adult and continuing education.
The Ruth E. Derfler Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of MCAE’s past president and a beloved colleague to many in the adult education field. It is presented to an adult student who has:
  • Completed their studies at a Massachusetts adult basic education program and has been accepted by a college, community college, university, or technical training program or has a provisional acceptance and can forward official documentation of acceptance.
  • Achieved academic success in their adult basic education programs.
  • Assumed leadership roles in their communities and classrooms.
  • Persisted in the face of challenges.
  • Formulated clear goals for their future education plans.
MCAE presents the 2020 Ruth E. Derfler Memorial Scholarship to Ms. Stephania Jones via Zoom ceremony!

The MCAE Awards Committee determines the categories and criteria for recognition, solicits and reviews nominations, and selects the award recipients. If you are interested in joining the Awards Committee, please contact info@mcae.net.