Graphic reading: Kelly Award for Business and Education Partnership 2023, nomination deadline July 17, 2023

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) is now accepting nominations for the Kelly Award for Business and Education Partnership.

The award is given in the fall of each year to a businessperson or business that has partnered with a public school or school district to provide leadership that promotes school improvement and student achievement.

The award is named for Joseph W. Kelly, a former KBE member from 1989 to 1998 and a respected business leader and education advocate.

Criteria for the award include:

  • Creating or sustaining a strategic partnership between a business and school or district that leads to improved student outcomes, including, but not limited to, postsecondary success and workforce outcomes; and
  • Significant contribution to a school or a district that leads to, or will likely lead to, increased or improved educational opportunities or improved educational, postsecondary or workforce outcomes for students.

Nominations opened June 26 and will close on July 17. The award will be presented in October.