ASBJ Magna Awards Encourage Better Student Achievement

grantsThe American School Board Journal & Sodexo School Services offer the Magna Awards, which are made to outstanding K-12 school programs that showcase school district leadership, creativity, and commitment to student achievement.

The competition is to open later this year. The funds are available nationally; school district boards are eligible to apply. Awards are up to $5,000 each.

Deadline: TBA.

Magna nominations are judged according to three enrollment categories (under 5,000 enrollment; 5,000-20,000 enrollment; and over 20,000 enrollment) with one Grand Prize Winner in each category. Each Grand Prize Winner receives a $5,000 contribution from Sodexo School Services. There are five additional winners and five honorable mention winners within each enrollment category.

Judges are looking for programs that are: 

  1. Supported by the school board.
  2. The result of appropriate school board leadership.
  3. Successful in view of the program’s primary objectives.
  4. Important in promoting the district’s mission.
  5. Capable of being replicated.

Info:, or Margaret Kathleen Vail,  director of editorial services, 703-838-6236.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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