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About the Foundation
Celebrating Excellence in Education
The Loudoun Education Foundation and Kaiser Permanente present the 35th Annual Excellence in Education Banquets on Sunday, December 10th at 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. at the National Conference Center. This special event honors the most outstanding scholars from the LCPS Class of 2018, their parents and a teacher of their choice. Last year, the Foundation celebrated 300 students and 255 teachers with the help our generous sponsors.
Gifts of $10,000 or more
Gifts of $5,000 or more
Inova Loudoun Hospital
The Virts Miller Family Foundation
Gifts of $2,500 or more
Claude Moore Charitable Foundation
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Gifts of $1,000 or more
Bobby and Joe May
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Janelia Research Campus
Willowcroft Farm Vineyards
Gifts of $500 or more
Delta Dental of Virginia
Lara and Eric Major
Reed Smith, LLP
Gifts of $499 or less
Paul and Helen Lin
Dawn Meyer and Philip Schipani
Wade and Natasha Tetsuka
Elizabeth D. Whiting
A Long History of Celebrating Academic Excellence
The Excellence in Education Banquets celebrate academic achievement. Students honored are in the top 5-percent of their class academically during the first three years of their high school career. Students are recognized for their selection as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists and National Hispanic Recognition Scholar. Also honored at the event are the inspirational teachers that helped the students realize this academic success. More than 1,000 people participate in this annual recognition event.
The idea of celebrating excellence in education was introduced in 1983 by Al Sowards, who then served as LCPS social studies, gifted program supervisor. The first banquet was held at Leesburg Baptist Church with 18 students being honored. Dinner was served on plates borrowed from Loudoun County High School; Sowards set the tables and washed the dishes afterward.
Recognition and rewards are a critical component of achieving excellence and as such one of the Foundation’s key roles is to celebrate those individuals when they achieve such success. After the 2016 banquets, 5,013 students have been recognized through the years.