Felix Berardo Scholarship Award for Mentoring

2019 Recipients
Joseph G. Grzywacz, Ph.D., Florida State University
Anne B. Edwards, Ph.D., CFLE, Purdue University Northwest


The Felix Berardo Scholarship Award for Mentoring is given in honor of Dr. Felix Berardo, a well-known and beloved professor from the University of Florida, who went above and beyond expectations in mentoring many students to become outstanding leaders in the family field. The award recognizes an NCFR member for excellence in mentoring junior colleagues, graduate students, or undergraduates. Outstanding mentoring goes beyond classroom teaching and includes the provision of support, guidance, and opportunities for professional development.


The annual award is recognized with a plaque and a $500 stipend which are presented at a plenary session at the NCFR Annual Conference. Thank you to the Advancing Family Science Section for administering the award beginning in 2019.


  • The recipient must be a member of NCFR at the time of nomination and receipt of the award.
  • Nominations should be made by one person whose nomination letter should present a rationale for the award and should address the impact of the mentor on the field through a history of mentorship over a sustained period of time.
  • Letters of support are to be submitted by three or more mentees. These letters should provide evidence of outstanding mentoring. Self-nominations are not accepted although nominees must be willing to be nominated.
  • The mentoring work may be a part of the nominee's job description, but it must exceed the level of the typical performance of the nominee's position.
  • The nominated mentor and nominating mentee must not be relatives.

Nomination/application process

  • Complete the application form.
  • Attach a note, signed by the nominee, indicating his/her willingness to be nominated, except if the mentor is deceased. Deceased mentors are eligible for posthumous nomination, although (if selected) the stipend is not disbursed.
  • Berardo Award Committee members may not nominate a mentor nor be eligible as an award recipient during their terms of service.
  • Include a letter of nomination; it must include a detailed description of the mentor's supportive deeds and a rationale for the nominee's selection for the award.

Should circumstances disclose a confidential situation, the application must provide the details; however, information is kept private. For example, if a mentee has a life-threatening illness and the mentor made it possible through independent study for the mentee to cojmplete a smester from a hospital bed, he/she might not want it made public.


  • May 1: Application deadline. Email all materials to Maddie Hansen.
  • July 31: The recipient will be notified by this date.

Find the award nomination form here.