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Marie Bourke Leadership Award

About the Award

Good principals make a difference … great principals touch lives.

The Marie Bourke Leadership Award was established by Glenn and Janice Friendt to affirm and recognize the impact of great principals on the lives of students and teachers. The Award will annually recognize an outstanding principal in the Lincoln Public Schools. Principals honored by the award demonstrate outstanding levels of leadership and continuous improvement in student achievement and development. The $1,000 award also includes participation in The Gallup Organization Leadership program to encourage and groom continued growth in that principal's career.


Applying for the Award

Application Open: February 1st - March 14th, 2022
Award Amount: $1,000 and participation in The Gallup Organization Leadership program.

Criteria: To be eligible for nomination, individual must be a current principal for a minimum of 6 years and emerging leader in Lincoln Public Schools and:

  • Communicates a vision of what the school can become that inspires others

  • Provides leadership of students, staff and community towards a shared vision

  • Creates significant opportunities for participation, shared decision-making, and leadership development by staff and students

  • Encourages community participation and involvement through meaningful partnerships and leadership roles

  • Structures the school for achievement

  • Demonstrates improvement in student achievement

Nominating Process: Nominations may be submitted by any individual or group.  Self-nominations are accepted.

Selection Process: A selection panel will consist of the following members: the Award’s funding source, Lincoln Public Schools, business leader, teacher, a past award recipient, Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools, and the City of Lincoln.




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