Thomas G. Scullen Leadership Award

The Appleton Education Foundation annually selects a Fox Cities resident who is considered a leader in the field of education to receive the Thomas G. Scullen Leadership Award.

Dr. Thomas Scullen, former superintendent of the Appleton Area School District, died of cancer in May, 2007 at age 68. He was one of Appleton Education Foundation’s founders. The award is intended to honor his memory and commitment to educational excellence in the Appleton Area School District and the Fox Cities community.

Past recipients include:

2015   Gary A. Jahnke
2014   Mary Beth Nienhaus
2013   Lou Hull
2012   Susan May, Ph.D.
2011   Ellen Kort*
2010   James W. Perry, Ph.D.
2009   John E. Mielke, M.D.
2008   Donald W. Brown*


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Anyone wishing to nominate an individual for this award may fill out the nomination form and send it to the Appleton Education Foundation, 122 E. College Ave, Suite 1-B, Appleton, WI 54911, or fax the form to (920) 832-1301.

Deadline for 2016 Nominations: Monday, February 29

Nominees will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Strong history of sustained commitment to improving education in the Fox Cities
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with other individuals and organizations to enhance education in the region
  • Demonstrated ability to be an advocate for education as a measure of overall quality of life in the region
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively to enhance education in the region.

A committee of Appleton Education Foundation board members, an Appleton Area School District Board of Education member, a district staff member, a Scullen Family representative, and two community representatives will review nominations and select the winner. The recipient will be recognized at the Appleton Education Foundation’s Celebrate Education event.

The honoree will receive a $1,000 prize to further a leadership endeavor/project or to direct to his or her nonprofit of choice.


For more information about nominating someone for this award, call the AEF office (920) 832-1517.