ACE/ Student of the Year Award


​​​​​The Student of the Year Award is presented annually by the American Council on Education (ACE) to two adult learners who have benefited from the use of ACE credit recommendations to earn a college degree or advance a career. Formerly the ACE Adult Learner of the Year program, the award was initiated in 1999 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of ACE’s College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®) and to begin a national award that would embody the best attributes of CREDIT’s hundreds of thousands of adult learners. In 2013, ACE expanded the award to include the academic and professional accomplishments of military service members and veterans.

Each year since its founding, ACE has solicited nominations of adult learners who have used ACE’s college credit recommendations for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Begin coursework at a college or university
  • Complete an academic degree
  • Advance in a career
  • Transition into a new career

In addition to the application of ACE credit recommendations for military or corporate training to a postsecondary degree program, award winners must demonstrate:

  • Continued success in academic, professional, personal, and community endeavors
  • Extraordinary achievement in his or her community or workplace while successfully balancing the demands of family, career, and education
  • Inspiration to others in setting high educational goals

ACE awards $1,000 to each Student of the Year.


2019 Winners: Amanda Webb and Matthew Morin

​Awarded in 2020, ​​​​​Amanda Webb, a nurse from Indianapolis, and Matthew Morin, a student at Central Michigan University (CMU), are ACE's 2019 Students of the Yea​​​r.​

Learn more about their accomplishments

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