NC SHAPE recognizes outstanding teaching and professional involvement by selecting and honoring teachers and/or professionals of the year in several categories. In some instances, those receiving such recognition advance to compete for similar honors in the SHAPE Southern District. If chosen for the Southern District award, the honoree competes for the national award, which is presented at the national SHAPE Convention.

Members are encouraged to honor and recognize their colleagues by nominating those qualified for an NC SHAPE award. Nominations can be made by filling out the appropriate form and submitting it with the required information. Please note that each award has specific criteria and nomination procedures.

Most nominees must be NC SHAPE members in order to be considered for an Alliance or Association award. However, certain awards such as the Principal and Superintendent of the Year Awards do not require membership. Finally, for one to be eligible for competition beyond the state level, award recipients must also be members of SHAPE America.

If you are interested in nominating a person for an Alliance or Association award, or if you want to apply for a grant or scholarship, please use the links below to either submit the nomination form or view the award criteria and application details.


  • Honor Award:

    Background: NC SHAPE's highest award is given to persons of high moral character and personal integrity who by their leadership and industry have made outstanding and noteworthy contributions to the advancement of Athletics, Health Education, Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education, Dance and/or Sport Management in the state.

  • Hooks - Blackburn Young Professional Award:

    Background: Awarded to current members of less than 39 years of age for demonstrated outstanding potential in at least two of the following areas: teaching, scholarly productivity, and professional service, as reflected by publications, awards, or other recognition for achievement in teaching, coaching, performing, or administration.

  • NC SHAPE Service Award

    Background: Acknowledges exceptional contributions to the Alliance and recognizes singular devotion of time and effort to the programs and mission of NC SHAPE that set the individual apart, even above other dedicated members of NC SHAPE.

  • June P. Galloway Undergraduate Award

    Background: The June P. Galloway Undergraduate Award was established in her memory in 1974. Dr. Galloway joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 1957 and died in March 1974 after a short illness. While at UNCG, Dr. Galloway served as coordinator for student teaching, coordinator of the athletic division, and was one of the first coaches for women's basketball. Her professional leadership responsibilities included the presidency of the NCAAHPERD-SM and of the Southern Association of Physical Education for Women. Born on May 5, 1932, Dr. Galloway remains an example of the best we have in the profession. The inner values of Dr. Galloway serve as an outstanding heritage to any student, colleague, or friend. Few people pass our way during a lifetime that means so much to so many.

  • Nathan Taylor Dodson Undergraduate Award

    Background: Nathan Taylor Dodson was born in 1922 and grew up on a farm in Rockingham County, North Carolina. He died in 1969 as a result of a heart condition. As an adult, he lived with the knowledge of his heart impairment but shared it only with his family and a few close friends. Dodson's contributions in the field of physical education included serving as an advisor in physical education for the State Department of Public Instruction of North Carolina and working as a Professor of Physical Education and Intramural Director for Men at Wake Forest University. Dodson is also remembered for his work as a sports official, in summer camps, and in professional organizations. Many southern states including the Southern District have honored Nathan Taylor Dodson by giving awards in his name.

  • Advocacy Award

    Background: Recognizes persons or organizations for affecting educational policy and legislation through effective advocacy at the local, state and/or national levels.

  • Friends Foundation Grants

    Background: Priority is given to special or unique projects that benefit the NC SHAPE as a whole.

Association Awards

North Carolina Association for Athletic Education Awards

North Carolina Association for the Advancement of Health Education Awards

North Carolina Physical Education Association Awards

North Carolina Adapted Physical Education Association Awards

North Carolina Sport Management Coalition Awards

North Carolina Student Majors Association Awards