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.
Sophia Norcott, a communications major and media manager from Vancouver, Washington, and Brendyn Melugin, an Army veteran and psychology student from Cincinnati, Ohio, are ACE's 2018 Students of the Year. Both were presented with the honor at the closing plenary on March 12 at ACE2019, ACE’s 101st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Both recipients will receive a $1,000 scholarship to help continue their education.
About the Student of the Year Program
The Student of the Year program (formerly the ACE Adult Learner of the Year program) was initiated in 1999 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of ACE’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) and to begin a national award that would embody the best attributes of ACE CREDIT’s hundreds of thousands of adult learners.
Each year since, 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 2013, ACE expanded the award to include the academic and professional accomplishments of military service members and veterans.