Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award

Honoring an Individual Who Has Made a Difference

The Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who—during his or her lifetime—has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to the educational needs of urban school children through his or her service as a local school board member. Presented annually by CUBE, this award is open to any current or former school board member in a district in good standing with its state school boards association and CUBE.

How Do I Apply

The 2018 The Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award Application is open to
any CUBE Board member or former CUBE Board Member who meets the criteria stated below.  More than one nomination may be submitted by the same person.   A completed application must be submitted for each nomination.  The person who submits the nomination application is responsible for ensuring that all necessary documentation is forwarded with the application.  Self-nominations are discouraged.

The nomination application must include:

  • a completed application for each nomination;
  • a nomination letter clearly indicating how the nominee has made a notable impact in his/her urban school board service (no more than 2 pages);
  • the nominee’s curriculum vitae;
  • a current high resolution photo of the nominee;
  • three letters of support; and
  • supporting documentation, including publication citations and any other notable, relevant achievements of the nominee.

The quality of the nomination itself has a powerful effect on the selection of the successful recipient. It is important that that those who submit applications comply with the stated requirements to the best of their ability, to a maximum of 20 pages, including letters of support. The application packet should articulate a strong and coherent argument as to why the nominee merits this award, and demonstrate the tangible and persistent contributions of the nominee.

The winner will be acknowledged and presented the Benjamin Elijah Mays Award presented during the CUBE 51st Annual Conference Awards Dinner in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, September 28, 2018. Travel expenses to Las Vegas for the winner will be covered by CUBE. Attendance is mandatory.

About Benjamin Elijah Mays

Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays is remembered for his outstanding leadership and service as a scholar, teacher, minister, mentor, author, and civil rights activist. Dr. Mays became a member of the Atlanta Board of Education in 1969 and served as its president from 1970-1981, where he tirelessly worked to provide equal educational opportunities for children. He died on March 28, 1984.

Past Winners

2017: Vince Ford, Columbia (SC)
2017: Dr. Steve Gallon, Miami (FL)
2016: Cheryl D. Mayes, Nashville (TN)
2015: Curtis T. Walker, Minister of Beth-El A.M.E. Zion Church in Cleveland, OH
2014: Lock Beachum (OH)
2014: Dr. Elizabeth Daniels (VA) - award posthumously
2013: Jerrelle Francois, Baltimore (MD)
2012: Dr. Joseph A. Buck, Savannah Chatham County (GA)
2011: Ms. Eva Carrillo Dong, Tucson (AZ)
2010: Mr. Henry J. Godfrey, Hampton (VA)
2009: Dr. John Harding Lucas, Sr., Durham (NC)
2008: Dr. Ulysses Van Spiva, Virginia Beach (VA)
2007: Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, Atlanta (GA) – awarded posthumously

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