Nominate Your Teacher

We are pleased to announce that Northwestern University is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award (DSTA), a prestigious honorific given to several outstanding high school educators each year.

Winners of the award are selected based on a process in which graduating Northwestern seniors nominate teachers who have had a transforming impact on their students. We welcome nominations of both domestic and foreign secondary educators.

If you are a Northwestern University senior and would like to nominate a teacher with whom you took a course in high school for the Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award, please start your nomination by clicking on the "Nominate Your Teacher" button below.

Basic Information

Teacher's name, email, subjects taught, etc.

Nomination Essay

Approximately 500 words on the impact this teacher had on your educational experience.

You will be asked to give us some basic information (teacher’s name, email, subjects taught, etc.), as well as submit a reflection on the impact this teacher had on you and your educational experience. Your remarks should be approximately 500 words.

The priority deadline for nominations is December 8, 2019 at 11:59 PM CST

Nominate Your Teacher


  • Teacher must be working to advance the field of education at the time of nomination
  • Student nominator must be a Northwestern senior graduating by Spring of 2020

The Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award Committee will select up to 15 finalists to be interviewed in March 2020. Winners will be notified in early April, and arrangements will be made for the winners and their guests to be honored during 2020 Commencement Exercises (June 17, 2020 to June 20, 2020). Winning teachers receive a $5000 award, as well as a $5000 award for their high school.

Please contact if you have any questions.

Not a Senior? Sign up to receive a reminder next year!

Sign Up for a Reminder