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MVAA's Education Innovator Award

Recognizing Innovation in Education

MVAA’s Education Innovator Award recognizes an academic institution or staff member(s), (either as individual or team), who developed a new process, method, technology, or innovative service that will radically improve or transform on-campus experiences for military-connected students. The work of the nominee(s) should exemplify the process of accelerating ideas, insights and technologies that improve any aspect of the education experience for military-connected students.

Examples of such innovations might include:

  • Technologies that have achieved major improvements connecting military-connected students to federal or state benefits.
  • Partnership with community partners or industry, specifically those that have resulted in new GI Bill® registered apprenticeship programs or instituting policy.
  • A program that improves the veteran college experience.

The common theme is a practice or research that identifies, implements, and accelerates the impact of technology or service on veteran care.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations are welcome from faculty, staff and military-connected learners. Self-nominations are also permitted. Nominations must include the following in one, single-page PDF file:

  • A letter of nomination regarding the nominee’s innovation, technology or service and its impact on veterans or military-connected students. 
  • A letter of support from a colleague or external contact evaluating the importance of innovation.

Individual nomination letters and letters of support must be limited to one page. For letters exceeding the one-page requirement, only the first page will be considered. Participating or nominated institutions must be certified as a Veteran-Friendly School at Gold-, Silver-, or Bronze-level. MVAA may award up to 6 Innovators annually.

Submit a Nomination

To submit a nomination, please send an email with your nomination PDF file to

The nomination deadline is Thursday, August 10, 2024.