The Jim Koerschen Award for Innovation in schools

The Koerschen Award is meant to provide a means of encouraging or stimulating innovation within schools as participants:

  • Apply academic, social, and personal skills to create an innovative program, system, activity, or service for their school community;
  • Work within groups to apply creativity to achieve authentic outcomes;
  • Gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their community, and their school;
  • Demonstrate leadership while guiding a team to solve problems and work collaboratively while helping others.


Up to $2,500 USD may be awarded to the successful applicant team as determined by the ACAMIS Selection Committee named by the ACAMIS Board.

Who Should Apply?

The Koerschen Award is open to students who are enrolled in ACAMIS member schools in the full membership category and are supported by the Head of School and a faculty representative who provides guidance to the group carrying out the innovation.

Application Process

Application must be made using the application form when the application period begins. (The submission deadline for the current cycle has passed so the form has been removed for the time being.) The proposal should be no more than 750 words.

For this award, there may be multiple applicants within one school, in which case, the school should select the best entry and submit only one application per school.

All sections of the Koerschen Award Application Form need to be completed and may include supplementary and supporting information.

When completing the Innovation Award Proposal, the applicant(s) should consider the following questions:

  • What kind of innovation is being planned?
  • Why is the innovation meaningful to the school?
  • Why is this project important to the innovators?
  • What outcomes has the innovation provided fellow students and / or the school?
  • How can success of the innovation be measured or described?

Application Deadline

The completed ACAMIS Koerschen Award for Innovation Application Form must be sent to the ACAMIS Executive Officer no later than February 15, 2018 for the current school year. Late applications will not be accepted.

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