Awards / Scholarships

Planner of the Year Award

The annual Association for Learning Environments, North Carolina Chapter Planner of the Year Award is for educational facility planning excellence and is the highest and most distinguished honor conferred by our Chapter. Selection is made by the North Carolina Chapter Jury.

Candidate Qualifications

  • The candidate will preferably be an Association for Learning Environments member in good standing.
  • The candidate must have been actively engaged in professional activities that involve PreK-12 facility administration, planning, design, construction, equipping or maintenance, or other professional activities that support PreK-12 education.
  • The activities upon which the nomination is based shall have produced a body of work that consistently created a positive and significant impact on the learning environment.


Nominations must be submitted to Jeff Church at by Monday, March 25, 2019.

Submittal Materials

Nominees will submit:
  • The nominee's current resume or vita outlining their educational background and professional experience.
  • An Executive Summary outlining the candidate's professional career.
  • A detailed statement on how the candidate's work embodies the values and mission of A4LE and has advanced the development of effective learning environments.
  • A detailed description of the candidate's most singular outstanding contribution to the learning environment.
  • Letters of reference from supervisors or clients, attesting to the candidate's professional experience (minimum of three).
  • Appendices including documents pertinent to the nomination that further explain the candidate's contributions and/or the significance of the activity for which the nomination was made.


Materials must be submitted electronically. The length of each section of the submittal package is up to the discretion of the candidate.

Judging Criteria

Category Points
Quality of the contributions of the candidate's entire body of work   40
Importance of the impact of the candidate’s singular outstanding contribution to the industry, materials presented in a clear, professional manner   25
Candidate’s work embodies the mission and values of A4LE   10
Quality of the letters of reference provided   15
Clarity and organization of the submission   10

Award Presentation

The presentation of the Planner of the Year Award will be made at the 2019 North Carolina Chapter Annual Conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Finalists will also be recognized.

2019 Scholarship Award

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Scholarship Information

The North Carolina Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE-NC) sponsors a competitive scholarship program to provide financial support for students currently enrolled in a North Carolina undergraduate or post‐graduate program related to planning, design and construction of schools (such as Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Project Management, or Construction Management).

A4LE-NC is a professional organization of individuals, institutions, and corporations in North Carolina who are actively involved in planning, designing, building, and equipping schools. A4LE‐NC offers information, training, and networking opportunities to assist our members in becoming better planners, resulting in schools that better serve students and their teachers. A4LE‐NC is here to foster and promote best practices in planning school facilities.

Each academic year, up to five students in North Carolina colleges or universities will be selected as the recipients of a $2,000 A4LE North Carolina Scholarship Award.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Scholarship candidates must be currently enrolled in a bachelor program or accepted/enrolled in a post‐graduate degree program at an accredited post‐secondary institution in North Carolina.
  • Scholarship candidates must be nominated in writing by a A4LE‐NC member, or by a professor or university staff member who is familiar with his/her work and will attest that the candidate meets the eligibility requirements.
  • Scholarship candidates must complete/submit all required nomination, application, and achievement forms by email prior to the deadline.
  • Scholarship candidates must submit evidence of enrollment at a North Carolina college or accredited post‐secondary institution, for a term of study beyond Spring 2019.
  • Scholarship candidates must show evidence of intent to major in a field of study related to educational facility planning and/or design, such as Architecture, Project Management, or Construction Management.

Submission Deadline

Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019

Submit a completed Scholarship Application, emailed by March 15, 2019 to:
Nathan Maune, AIA
A4LE‐NC 2019 Scholarship Committee

For questions contact Nathan Maune at or 919.807.3560.

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