African American Student Achievement and Excellence Awards

African American Student Achievement and Excellence Awards

14th Annual African American Student Achievement & Excellence Awards

“Building a Brilliant, Resilient, and Strong College-Going Community”

This year the African American Regional Educational Alliances (AAREA®), in partnership with Chabot College, will host the 14th Annual African American Student Achievement & Excellence Awards for students of African-American/African descent. The ceremony will be held:

Date: April 21st, 2018
Location: Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd Hayward CA 94545

We invite teachers, administrators, school staff, community and religious leaders, coaches, mentors, and educational professionals to nominate and recognize outstanding African American youth in Alameda County for the African American Student Achievement & Excellence Awards. Students may be nominated in one of four categories.  The criteria and eligibility as well as the link to the Online Nomination Form for all awards are below:


This year, we are honoring 500 students from Alameda County.  Each nominee will be screened by a committee and awards will be made based on meeting all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Attend school in Alameda County
  • Have a minimum 2.5 grade point average for Fall Semester 2017-2018 as verified by an official transcript or report card
  • Currently in one of the following grade levels:
    • High school Seniors graduating in June 2018
    • High school Juniors who will transition to Seniors in Fall 2018
    • 8th grade middle school students who will transition to high school in Fall 2018
    • 5th and/or 6th Grade elementary school students who will transition to middle school in Fall 2018


Students can be recognized in any one of the following four categories:

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCEThis category recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in academics through achieving and maintaining a minimum 3.5 grade point average (or the equivalent Proficiency Level for elementary students) during the Fall 2017-18 Semester.
ACADEMIC POTENTIAL AND SUCCESSThis category recognizes the drive and determination needed to improve one’s academic experience and recognizes the student who has demonstrated resilience, growth and commitment to higher academic performance. Students nominated in this category show progress improvement in at least one academic area.
CULTURAL LEADERSHIP AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENTThis category recognizes the student who demonstrates an intangible quality which uplifts their community and is engaged in various leadership and/or civic activities in his/her school, church or community.
VISUAL/GRAPHICS AND PERFORMING ARTSThis category recognizes the student who has made a contribution in the visual / graphics and performing arts in his/her school or community. In addition to the traditional visual and performing arts, this category also includes: videography, photography, graphic and web design.

THE 2018 STUDENT AWARD NOMINATION PERIOD IS OPEN!  Nominations must be received by 11:59PM on March 3rd 2018.

Click here to begin the Online Nomination process!The following page will go over the nomination process and provide detailed instructions.  Please call (510) 614-3000 if you have any questions.

Thank you for those of you that have partnered with AAREA over the past 14 years. For those of you new to the Awards, welcome!  We look forward to seeing all of you at the Awards Ceremony!

African American Student Achievement and Excellence Awards Program Information

The African American Student Achievement and Excellence Awards (AASAE Awards) were created to encourage African American students and their families to strive and achieve.

This annual event affirms the worth and dignity of African-American students, and acknowledges and recognizes the support of parents, family and community in the lives of children.  Students are recognized in transitioning grades 5th (entering middle school), 8th (entering high school) and 11th (high school juniors), and 12th (graduating from high school), as well as those graduating from community college, in a variety of categories that celebrate the whole child.

The ceremony takes place on a college campus with more than 900 family members, friends, superintendents, teachers and local political officials in attendance.

The theme for the AASAE Awards is “Building a Brilliant, Resilient, and Strong College-Going Community.” In addition to receiving awards for their achievements, students and parents are provided with resources and information on how to prepare for college.

Major sponsors of the event have included R.T. Fisher Educational Enterprises, Inc.®, Chabot College and the Alameda County Office of Education.

Parents of students honored at the AAREA® Student Achievement and Excellence Awards are encouraged to participate in the Regional Parent Network.

Educators and school personnel involved with these outstanding students are invited to attend AAREA’s Professional Development Summit.

What People Say About the Achievement & Excellence Awards

Thank you for such an inspiring celebration of our black students on Sunday. What a grand group of students and what an incredible ceremony honoring them. I am very interested in joining your organization, on behalf of the students, but also on behalf of the unrecognized black teachers and administrators. For a very long time, black teachers and administrators in my district have been hidden and unrecognized and all of them are doing tremendous things for our students. Black students in our area are rarely even noticed let alone recognized for the good work that they do and I realize that I have an opportunity to change that now. Let me know what I can do—I want to get involved. I was very touched by your presentations and very honored for my children who received these awards and I want to make that possible for more of our deserving students.

Thank you again,