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Celebrating the Achievements of Miami-Dade County Students

Nominate Your Student!

Through the Mayor’s Shining Scholars Awards, you have the opportunity to nominate high-school students from public, private, and charter schools throughout Miami-Dade County who have displayed extraordinary perseverance throughout their academic careers.

Meet the award winners!

Mayor's Shining Scholars Awards

About the Awards


Each month, three students will be selected for one of three awards:

  • The Pursuer of Excellence,
  • The Unstoppable Scholar, and
  • The Emerging Leader.

The selected students will be spotlighted in the Mayor’s Shining Scholars’ “Hall of Stars” and recognized at a Board of County Commissioners meeting, where they will receive their awards.


The Pursuer of Excellence Award
Criteria: This award will be given to a well-rounded student who, throughout their academic career, has exhibited an extraordinary eagerness to improve themselves academically, professionally, and/or civically in order to achieve more.

The Unstoppable Scholar  Award
Criteria: This award will be given to a student who has displayed extraordinary perseverance in moving forward in their academic career.

The Emerging Leader Award
Criteria: This award will be given to a student who has inspired positive change in others and the community.

Nomination Deadlines

  • May Nominations – April 5

  • June Nominations – May 5

  • July Nominations – June 2

  • August Nominations – July 7

  • September Nominations – August 28

  • October Nominations – September 1

  • November Nominations– October 6

  • December Nominations– November 3

Our Mission

From a community-wide perspective, it is vital that we have an educated workforce to lead our 2.6 million residents towards the prosperous future that we all seek for Miami-Dade County. As community leaders, we have a responsibility to guide our young people to realizing their full potential and to celebrate their achievements along the way.

With that goal in mind, we are launching “Actively Investing in Miami-Dade: An Initiative to Educate, Engage, and Retain Our Future Workforce” (the A.I.M. Initiative). As part of the A.I.M. Initiative, the Shining Scholars Awards were created to showcase the talented young people right here in our community by recognizing those students who strive to improve themselves and achieve more.

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2016 Hall of Stars

Shining Scholars

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