2020 Huntsman Education Awards Canceled

In these uncertain times and after Governor Herbert’s press conference, the decision was made to cancel this year’s banquet and awards ceremony. The Huntsmans are deeply saddened to make this decision but do so with the best interests of every educator who gathers for this event. We know many of you have worked tirelessly to nominate outstanding people to receive the award, and the Huntsmans want to assure you that your work on nominations will be forwarded over to next year so you don’t have to resubmit. We know you are as disappointed as we are, but we hope you will understand our difficult decision. Thank you for your support of our public education system. May you all be well through this difficult time.

About The Awards
The late Jon M. Huntsman, Sr. and his wife Karen established the Huntsman Education Awards in 1993 as an expression of their passion for supporting and enhancing publicly funded education. Because Jon Huntsman, Sr. came from a long line of educators, bolstering public education in Utah will always be a very personal labor of love for the Huntsman family. The Huntsmans are deeply humbled and gratified that these awards are considered to be among the most prestigious honors for individual educators in the state. The Huntsman family is closely involved in the exhaustive selection process, after which winners are invited to an awards banquet for past and current honorees, where they will receive a crystal obelisk and a check for $10,000. Because the object of the awards is to celebrate the individuals who have made unique contributions to the lives and education of Utah’s public schoolchildren, the Huntsmans prefer that honorees spend their award money on themselves, instead of reinvesting in their schools or classrooms.
How the Winners are Selected

Every year, the Huntsman Awards Committee encourages students, classroom parents, colleagues and supervisors to nominate the state’s most talented teachers, administrators, volunteers or special education teachers. All schools and districts throughout the entire state of Utah are invited to participate.

Nominations are reviewed by an initial application reading committee, which includes Karen Huntsman and other members of the Huntsman family. The committee looks for nominees who exemplify excellence by having a direct, positive impact on the lives and education of public school children. The committee chooses the most outstanding nominees and gives their applications to a panel of judges for the final selection. 


In the final round, judges select a total of eleven winners across the four award categories — two teachers and one administrator each from elementary, middle and high schools; one dedicated volunteer; and one special education teacher, who will receive the Mark H. Huntsman Award for Special Education, which is named in honor of the Huntsmans’ son whose own experience demonstrates the importance of special education in public schools.

See The ProcessSee The Process
Some of Our Past Winners
The Huntsman Award Winners Are Part of a Select Group
How to Nominate

We invite you to nominate outstanding individuals in any or all four award categories: teacher, administrator, volunteer, or special education teacher. This year, the nomination process for the Huntsman Awards for Excellence in Education will be conducted entirely online through this website.

  • Create an account and sign in to start a new nomination.
  • Choose the right category and grade level for your nominee.
  • Fill in all fields with your nominee’s information and your information as the nominating person.
  • Provide the names, titles and contact information of people endorsing this nominee.
  • Complete an essay (up to 7000 characters) explaining why you believe your nominee deserves this award.
  • Submit your nomination(s) before 5:00 PM on Friday, March 20, 2020.