For the 11th straight year, Intel Corporation used custom recognition awards created by Bennett Awards for their prestigious “Intel Schools of Distinction” award program. The Intel Schools of Distinction Awards recognize K-12 schools that have some of the most successful educational programs in the United States. Schools receiving these custom awards provide a rich, rigorous science or mathematics curriculum by incorporating hand-on investigative experiences that prepare students for future jobs.
18 schools were selected as finalists for these achievement awards, chosen from 176 applications across 35 different states. Three schools at each K-12 level – elementary, middle, and high school – were named as finalists in both a math and a science category. Each of these schools received a cash grant of $5,000 from the Intel Foundation, along with a trip to the recognition awards presentation held in Washington, DC. From this pool of 18 schools, six schools were selected as Intel Schools of Distinction. Each of these winning schools won an estimated $75,000 in a combination of cash grants and an award package that included curriculum materials, professional development resources, hardware, software, and a custom corporate award created by Bennett Awards.
In addition, one of these schools, Ossining High School, from Ossining, New York, received the Star Innovator Award, which brings an additional $15,000 from the Intel Foundation along with other prizes totaling $100,000.
The unique custom award design created for these achievement awards is based on a three-dimensional sculpture of the Intel Schools of Distinction program logo. These sculpture awards were mounted on a black marble base with a personalized engraved plate of the program name, award category, and school name. More details on the overall Intel Schools of Distinction program can be found at "Intel Schools of Distinction Program".