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The Truist Shining Star Innovation Award

What makes YOUR charter school unique?

Image of light bulb with stars inside the glass globe. The light bulb threads are replaced by the words "Truist Shining Star Innovation Award"

NCAPCS is excited to announce the inaugural Truist Shining Star Innovation contest! This is an opportunity for NCAPCS-member schools to shine a light on what makes your charter school unique and earn $5,000 for your school!

All NCAPCS-member schools are eligible to apply for the contest. The application asks you to share an innovative aspect of your school and only takes a few minutes to complete. If your school is selected as a finalist, you will present a three-minute video at our "Rock the Boat," our 2022 annual conference on this topic, showing everyone what makes your school special. The finalists will all receive prize money with the winner being awarded $5,000!

We are thrilled to share with the public and each other the "shining stars" among the NC charter school community!


Application Topic Ideas

Your application can focus on anything that showcases innovation at your school. Consider the following:

  • What makes your school a unique option for students?
  • Do you include community resources and/or partnerships to further your mission?
  • What does student success look like at your school?
  • In what unique way did you meet students' needs during the pandemic?
  • Do you partner with parents in some special way?
  • What makes your educational model different?
  • Has your school engaged in a distinctive project or initiative?


Award Prizes

Our corporate sponsor, Truist, has made the following awards possible:

 Yellow star with a blue number 1

First Place

$5,000 award for your school

Yellow star with the number 2

Second Place

$2,000 award for your school

Yellow star with number 3

 Third Place

$1,000 award for your school



Award Timeline

Award timeline - described in page text.

May 24 - Deadline to submit the presentation proposal. Click here to submit your proposal.
May 31 - Announcement of finalists chosen to present at "Rock the Boat," the annual conference
June 30 - Finalists submit videos to the NC Association for Public Charter schools
July 18 - Finalists present during the General Session of the 2022 annual conference; conference attendees vote
July 19 - Winners announced during the Closing Session of the 2022 annual conference


Award Guidelines and Rules

  • Only NCAPCS-member schools for the 2021-22 school year are eligible to submit a proposal. Only one submission allowed per school.
  • Each school selected as a finalist has three minutes to present a video at the annual conference.
  • At least one person from each finalist school is required to attend the conference to introduce their video during the presentation. Presentations will be during the General Session (lunchtime) on July 18.
  • The winner will be chosen based on conference attendee voting and announced at the Closing Session of the conference.
  • Award prizes will be distributed to the schools for use during the 2022-23 school year. 
  • The first-prize winning school agrees to serve as spokesperson for special events related to the contest during the 2022-23 school year. Possible events could include interviews with the media, presentations at a Charter School Advisory Board and/or State Board of Education meeting, meetings with legislators, etc.


If you have any questions about the contest, please contact Lisa Renn at [email protected].
This award has been generously sponsored by