Student & Staff Recognition

JCPS and the Jefferson County Board of Education are always looking for opportunities to recognize the accomplishments of our students and staff. Below are a few ways to nominate a student or staff member for recognition. 

Board of Education Recognition

Photo of school members with students from Central High School

JCPS students and staff members can be recognized during a Jefferson County Board of Education meeting for winning a prestigious award or doing an outstanding public service.  These meetings are typically held monthly during the school year. All meetings are livestreamed here. To nominate a student, staff member or group for recognition, contact Juliann Morris or Mark Hebert


The Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership (ExCEL) Award honors six JCPS teachers during the school year who:

  • Exemplify teaching excellence using innovation, excitement, and enthusiasm in their instructional methodology.
  • Maintain meaningful personal relationships with students, parents, colleagues, and community members.
  • Serve as role models of professionalism and citizenry.
  • Maintain a commitment to continued professional development and enhancement.

Winners of the ExCEL Award are honored at a ceremony at their school and receive a $1,000 instructional grant from LG&E KU.

Vogt Educational & Leadership Scholarships

These scholarships honor high school seniors throughout Jefferson County who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, character, and citizenship. Prior to his death in 1999, Henry V. Heuser Sr. established an endowed fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville to provide the $12,000 scholarships annually to remarkable JCPS high school seniors. This special award honors exceptional students throughout Jefferson County who have demonstrated high standards of scholarship, leadership, character, and citizenship. More than $3 million has been awarded to 342 students through June 2022. Henry V. Heuser Jr. hosts an awards luncheon in March to present the scholarships. He typically is joined by Louisville’s mayor, the JCPS superintendent, principals, more than 100 business and community leaders, and several university and college presidents who contribute additional scholarship incentives if the awardees attend their college. The students are selected based on SAT/ACT scores and cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) as well as examples of community and campus leadership, participation in extracurricular activities, and recommendations from principals and community leaders. For more information, contact our high school office at