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(left) Nikith Kurella, Olivia Porter and Richard Hasegawa, who were seniors at Booker T. Washington High School last year, were 2019 Academic All-State recipients. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is seeking nominations for its 2020 Academic All-State scholarships honoring top high school seniors and its Medal for Excellence awards honoring exceptional educators.

Scholarships and educator awards totaling $125,000 will be presented at the foundation’s 34th annual Academic Awards Banquet on May 16, 2020, in Norman.

The Academic All-State awards honor 100 public high school seniors with $1,000-merit based scholarships. Students must meet at least one of the following requirements to qualify: a composite ACT score of at least 30; a combined SAT evidence-based reading and writing and math score of at least 1370; or semifinalist status for a National Merit, National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarship.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 5. Eligibility must be verified by the student’s district superintendent or high school principal.

The Oklahoma Medal for Excellence is divided into four categories. The first honors a public school elementary teacher and a secondary teacher. The second honors a public school administrator at the elementary or secondary level. The third honors a teacher at a public regional university or community college, and the fourth honors an educator at a public research university.

Medal for Excellence honorees each receive a $5,000 cash award and a glass sculpture. Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. Dec. 3.

Nominations for all categories are being accepted through an online portal at

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