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ACE Student of the Year Award

The Student of the Year Award is presented annually by ACE to an adult learner who has benefited from the use of ACE credit recommendations to earn a college degree or advance a 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.

Nominations for the 2019 award are now closed. Nominees completed the Student of the Year Application​ and submitted a 300-word essay and a letter of support from a faculty member, academic advisor, or employer. Each year, a panel of judges selects the award winners after reviewing nominee profiles and supporting documentation. 

ACE awards $1,000 to the Student of the Year, which is presented to the award recipient at the ACE Annual Meeting in March.

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. 

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2017 Student of the Year Award winners

Lamarr A. Smith and Justin Darnall (holding plaques,
from left to right) received the 2017 Student of the
Year Award at ACE2018.