CEC Student Awards and Scholarships

The nominations cycle for the 2015 Student Awards are now open! Click here to access nomination information and forms.

The CEC Student Scholarship applications will be available soon - check back here for more information!

The CEC Student Awards and Scholarships recognize outstanding student members and chapter advisors who make outstanding contributions to CEC and to exceptional children.

Please address any inquiries about the CEC Student Awards and Scholarships to Megan Jones at meganj@cec.sped.org. Please note: High school students and other non-members are not eligible for these awards or scholarships.

Student award recipients receive a plaque at an awards ceremony during the CEC Annual Convention & Expo. Scholarship recipients will receive a cash award. All student award and scholarship recipients will be recognized on the CEC website. Recipients of these awards and scholarships are not required to attend the convention to receive their award or scholarship.

No student will be awarded more than one CEC award or scholarship each year. Student members on CEC’s Student Committee or the CEC Board of Directors are not eligible for the scholarships.


CEC offers the following Students Awards and Scholarships:

  • Susan Phillips Gorin Award: Honors CEC professional members, especially CEC student chapter advisors, who demonstrate exemplary personal and professional qualities and make outstanding contributions to CEC and to children with exceptionalities.
    • Outstanding CEC Student Member of the Year Awards: One to an undergraduate and one to a graduate CEC student member who have made outstanding contributions to CEC and to children with exceptionalities.
      • CEC Undergraduate and Graduate Student Scholarships: Two $500 stipends—one to an undergraduate and one to a graduate CEC student member.
        • Kayte M. Fearn CEC Ethnic Diversity Scholarship: A $500 scholarship awarded to a CEC student member from a culturally diverse background who has made outstanding contributions to CEC and to children with exceptionalities.

          Congratulations to CEC's 2014 Student Award and Scholarship Recipients! 

          • Susan Phillips Gorin Award:
            Dr. Suzanne E. Kemp, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
          • CEC Outstanding Undergraduate Student Member of the Year Award:
            Jessica Breske, Northeastern State University (OK)
          • CEC Outstanding Graduate Student Member of the Year Award:
            Mackenzie Savaiano, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University (TN)
          • CEC Undergraduate Student Scholarship:
            Caroline McLean, Georgia Southern University
          • CEC Graduate Student Scholarship:
            Laurie G. Kahn, University of Oregon
          • Kayte M. Fearn CEC Ethnic Diversity Scholarship:
            Nicole Casillas, University of Nevada - Reno

          View the complete archive of past CEC Student Award winners.