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Alva C. Cooper Awards


DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018 MNYCCPOA Members can NOW nominate Non-Members for the Alva Cooper Award*** 

MNYCCPOA is currently accepting submissions for the Alva C. Cooper Awards for Best Practices in Career Development.  The purpose of these awards is to recognize the outstanding work of the members* of MNYCCPOA and to foster our mission of promoting professional growth, and exchanging ideas, information and creative solutions concerning career development issues.

Description of Awards

There are three awards for best practices.  The awards are as follows:

  • First place: $1500
  • Second place: $1000
  • Third place: $500

All awards will be made to the member’s school, to be used by the Career Services Office.  In the event that the work was not related to work conducted at a school i.e. a thesis, dissertation or graduate school project then the prize will be awarded directly to the winner.

***Please note: Alva Cooper Awards are open to current MNYCCPOA members. If you are not a member of MNYCCPOA then you must be nominated by current MNYCCPOA member to submit your application. The application must be submitted by the current MNYCCPOA member that is endorsing the application. If a non-member wins one of the awards then fees for the 2018-2019 membership will be deducted from the winnings for the winning team and nominator.  

Types of Submissions

The committee is seeking for submissions related to the work we do as career professionals which can include:

  • New programs or programs with a new twist
  • Successful marketing campaigns for programs or services
  • Innovative materials or handouts
  • Professional presentations made by members at conferences
  • New ways of delivering services
  • New techniques or methods of counseling
  • Research including thesis, dissertation and graduate level research projects

Submission Evaluation Criteria

  • Professional growth of the MNYCCPOA member
  • Personal growth of the students/alumni
  • Effectiveness/Objectives met
  • Overall creativity and innovation 

How to Apply:

2018 Alva Cooper Application revised 3.12.18.docx

Please send a completed application form to: 

(*Please note that all application submissions must be sent via E-mail.*)


The deadline for applications is Friday, March 30, 2018.


Awards will be presented at the Spring 2018 meeting.

For more information contact the Alva C. Cooper Committee at: 

Committee Chair:

Kristina Simonsen, Assistant Director for Employer Relations,
John Jay College of Criminal 

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