MT. VERNON COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION
SCHOOL BOARD SCHOLAR
July 21, 2014
The “School Board Scholar” award is
one of three academic recognition programs directly sponsored by the School
Board. The “Academic Wall of Fame”
highlights the names of our most outstanding scholars since the origin of the
school district in 1963. Each year, the
board inducts 10-15 new members to the Wall of Fame. The third is the Valedictorian Scholarship
Award. Each board member and the
superintendent donate $100 and the $600 is presented to the Valedictorian at
the June board meeting.
When it was first initiated, 30
years ago, the School Board Scholars Program was intended to recognize “the
very best of the best” student academic performance. To receive the award, a student must receive
all A’s in every class each grading period.
Back then, the grading periods were six weeks long instead of today’s
nine week grading period. At that time,
the A was 95% to 100% on the grading scale.
That criteria has gone unchanged even though the grading scale has been
revised twice and the current “A” is 90% to 100%.
The result has been an explosion of
the number of students receiving the award.
For example for the 1996-1997 school year, 54 students earned the honor
and that represented 3.1% of the eligible students. This year, 395 students received the award
and that represents 15.4% of the eligible students. Additionally, 94 of the awards were never
The concern of the board members and
the superintendent is that the award has become an “A” Honor Roll rather than
being “the very best of the best!” Thus,
the Board has revised the criteria to match the original criteria for earning
Thus, starting with the 2014-2015
school year, the following criteria must be met to receive School Board Scholar
A student must:
enrolled full-time in grades 4-12.
enrolled for at least 160 days AND received grades for all four (4) quarters.
an “A” or “A+” in every class each grading period (95%-100%). An “A-” or below will disqualify a student.
MVCSC Board of School Trustees