Awards and Recognition

The National Council on Family Relations, the NCFR Sections, CFLE Advisory Board, and the Affiliate Councils have established awards to recognize those individuals and groups who further the interests of the organization and/or exemplify the standards to which members aspire. Award winners are distinguished colleagues who have dedicated themselves to working in the family field, and have given outstanding service.

Members nominate other members for the awards, send supporting evidence, and list other people who can verify the nominee's qualifications. A selection committee evaluates the applicants and selects the winner(s).

The deadline for major awards is May 1 of the year in which the award will be presented (unless indicated otherwise). See special deadlines for the Jessie Bernard Awards (April 15) and affiliate councils awards (June 1). Award winners are given special recognition at the NCFR Annual Conference and in NCFR Report member magazine.

Fill out the nomination form and email, along with any supporting materials required for application, to Jeanne Strand.

To donate to NCFR's awards funds, click here.

NCFR 2014 Awards Brochure

Learn more about all our awards, criteria, and deadlines here.

NCFR Awards Nomination Form

Include this form or a cover letter when submitting nomination materials. You may complete this form using the "typewriter tool" in Adobe Reader. Download the form to your computer, place the cursor on the line and type.

NCFR Innovation Grants

NCFR will award up to two $10,000 grants during 2014-15. The grants program is designed to enhance interdisciplinary collaborations around issues of importance to family well-being.

CFLE Special Recognition Award

Each year the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) recognizes a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) who has contributed to the success of the CFLE program. 

NCFR Fellow Status

Fellow Status in NCFR is an honor awarded to relatively few living members on the basis of their outstanding contributions to family science. Nominations of all family professionals who have made contributions to the family field are encouraged.

Honors graduates and professor

NCFR Honors Student Recognition Program

The NCFR honors student recognition program recognizes undergraduate and graduate student members at graduation. Apply early in the final term of your program.

2013 NCFR Award Winners

Find current and past award winners