Marmaduke Award: Eligibility, Nomination, and Selection

Eligibility criteria, nomination process, and selection process information

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility for the Arthur S. Marmaduke Award is open to all California high school counselors who meet the following criteria:

  • Fully certified and credentialed and work with high school students
  • Have been counseling at their current school for at least one school year
  • Have been a counselor for at least three years

Nomination Process

2016-17 Nomination Period is now closed. Watch for future updates on the 2017-18 award.

Candidates for the Arthur S. Marmaduke Award can be nominated by:

  • District and County leadership
  • School counselor/teacher colleague
  • Site administrators

There is a two-step process for nominations:

  1. Complete online nomination form
  2. At least one personal testimony from a student on the counselorís impact/merits
    • A. At least one paragraph but no longer than 1.5 pages
      B. Email testimony to Krista Rindell at with subject line "2016-17 Marmaduke Award Student Testimony for (Nominee Last Name)"
      C. Excerpts from the testimony may be used on the CSAC website for the winnerís announcement

Selection Process

To evaluate all the nominations, the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) convenes a selection committee consisting of Commission members and member of the Commission Staff. Using scoring guidelines aligned with the nomination questions, along with consideration for FAFSA/CADAA completion rates, committee members identify the nominations that best address the prompts and distinguish themselves as exemplary.

Once a winner is decided upon, the Commission will contact both the nominee and the nominator. They will then choose a date for the award ceremony at either a school staff or district meeting in April or May.

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