ACEI Awards & Grants

Please click on the award or grant below for more information and to apply.

Emerging Leaders Award

(Generously sponsored by Elizabeth Breathwaite)

This award is closed. If you have questions, please email

The Emerging Leaders award recognizes educators or education advocates who demonstrate through their actions and interests a strong a desire to further themselves as an education leader. Education Diplomacy is ACEI’s unique education leadership approach. Therefore, awardees will be provided with opportunities to attend Education Diplomacy events. ACEI’s Center for Education Diplomacy is the world's leading institute for the study of Education Diplomacy.

Award recipients can register for an 8-week online course in education diplomacy (offered several times per year) OR attend the Institute of the Center for Education Diplomacy to be held in Washington, DC. April 20-22nd, 2017.

Student Excellence Award

(Generously sponsored by Nancy Bartlett Hitch)

The Student Excellence Award is given to students who have excelled academically. This award is intended to help deserving ACEI student members develop and explore their professional goals by providing financial assistance to attend ACEI events or programs. Award recipients receive a monetary award of $1,000 USD.

Click here for award guidelines and application.

Mini-Grants for Projects

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Small grants, or “mini-grants”, are awarded to support the implementation of small scale education-related projects that make a difference in the lives of children. Ideally, projects will be developed for classrooms, schools or communities that are most in need- vulnerable, fragile, or under-resourced. For example, projects that support education for children living in conflict, crisis and emergency situations- in either rural or urban settings- are preferred.

Projects are evaluated based on a design that shows the greatest potential to achieve the desired outcome. Direct service projects implemented at the community level are preferred. There are two topic choices for mini- grants.

  • 1. Innovative Solutions to Education Challenges, or
  • 2. Global Citizenship

Professional Achievement Award

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(in recognition of early childhood educator, Patty Smith Hill)

A former president of the International Kindergarten Union (ACEI’s founding organization) and well known early childhood educator, Patty Smith Hill was a renowned classroom teacher, administrator, university professor, and author. Criteria for nomination and selection of the Professional Achievement Award honoree include having exemplary, consistent contributions to the organization; achievements in the field of childhood education that have brought recognition to ACEI; and having held membership in the organization for 20 years or more.

This prestigious award is intended to recognize extensive professional achievement. The award is granted for significant contributions to the field of education, for demonstrated exceptional leadership, and for advancing ACEI as a leading professional education association. Achievements should demonstrate impact over a long term and reflect the applicant’s far-reaching or broad scope of professional influence.