Dr. L. Douglas Dobson Award for Student Civic Leadership

Purpose - Annually recognizing exemplary K-12 student achievement in civic engagement.

Eligibility – Students in grades K-12 identify and select an issue or a problem related to their community (school, city, state, or nation) that matters to them. Through an action plan, a solution is proposed and implemented to address the issue or problem. The action plan should:

  • Describe the problem or issue of concern.
  • Explain the importance of the problem or issue.
  • Articulate the action steps taken to address the issue or problem.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the problem or issue.
  • Supply evidence of the action steps taken.
  • Describe the results of the action steps taken and show an understanding of the ways in which the issue or problem, action steps, and if possible, policy can be connected.
  • Explain how citizens and the government may work together to solve the issue and problem identified.
  • Draw connections between the action steps taken by effective citizenship.


Submissions for the Award - upload a narrated PowerPoint or multi-media presentation (link to checklist), as well as any supporting documentation (news articles, outcomes, letters of support from administrators, parents, community leaders, supporting data (survey results), etc.

Award – Commemorative gift, poster conference presentation

All applications must be submitted electronically. No paper applications will be considered. The decision of the selection committee are final. 

Submissions Due: August 1


Note: FCSS will not be awarding this award in the fall of 2020 as a result of the conference being canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Applications will still be accepted and will be considered for the 2021 award.

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For more information, please contact:


                 Travis Diesel, Awards Co-Chair   [email protected]

                 Alana Simmons, Awards Co-Chair   [email protected]