The Fred award seeks to honor an individual who exudes a Fred-like spirit of service, innovation, and commitment to others, positively influencing and impacting the lives of those in the school community. Make plans to help us show our Freds how great they are!

Fred Award Guidelines

Got Fred? If so, KASA's Awards Committee invites you to nominate this extraordinary individual for the association's annual Fred Award.

Inspired by well-known author Mark Sanborn, the award is named in honor of Fred Shea, the subject of Sanborn's national bestseller, The Fred Factor. Nominations for this distinctive award should embody the four principles described in the book - an individual who chooses to make a positive difference each day, has a heart for people, changes ordinary moments into memorable ones, and leads by example. If this sounds like someone in your district, then you've got Fred.

Nominations are due March 18, 2022. 


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Non-administrative staff, or volunteers are eligible for the Fred Award. This includes classified support staff, students, parents, community volunteers, etc. Award nominees should possess a trademark spirit of service, innovation and commitment to others in a way that positively impacts the lives of those in the school community.
Nominees who received this award within the last ten years are ineligible to be nominated a second time. They, however, may be nominated for other KASA Awards.

Award Selection, Notification & Recognition

  • Three Fred finalists will be selected and announced in April 2020 by a statewide judging panel comprised of KASA member representatives.
  • A film crew will visit each finalist in April or May to learn more about the nominee and how he or she exudes Fred like qualities in the school district each day. Footage will be compiled into a short video, shown at the summer institute to a large audience prior to the winner being announced. The video will also be used on KASA’s website, and the recipient will be recognized in KASA’s award publications and other media.
  • Finalists will be recognized at KASA’s leadership institute, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, where the two finalists will receive a commemorative award and $250 monetary gift.
  • The 2020 Fred recipient will be announced as a culminating activity of the institute on July 30, 2020, at which time he or she will receive a commemorative award and $500 monetary gift.
  • Nominees not chosen for the award will be recognized via KASA’s newsletter and website at


  • Note: Only one nominee per school district will be accepted.
  • Any KASA member may submit a nomination. Self-nominations are also accepted.
  • Nominations must be submitted on the official application.
  • Two additional pages of supporting materials may be submitted to enhance the application. New this year - supporting materials may be submitted in video format. Video should be uploaded to web-based platform (YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, etc.) and the link should be included on the application. Video length should be a maximum of 4 minutes. .

Submitting a Nomination

Complete the application and forward to the KASA office, along with any supporting materials (no more than two pages) as follows:

Submit Electronically:

Press the Submit Electronically button on the PDF form. (Note: if using this option, you will also need to print page 1, sign and fax to (502) 875-4634.)

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: If using Chrome or FireFox, you must first save pdf to your computer, then close browser and re-open saved file to complete and submit.

Mail to:
Leadership Awards Program
87 C. Michael Davenport Blvd 

Frankfort, KY 40601

Fax to:
(502) 875-4634

Address cover sheet to Leadership Awards Program.

Miscellaneous Notes

All applications become the property of KASA. No material will be returned unless requested by the nominator.

When completing the application, please write clearly and give specific examples as to how the nominee has accomplished or addressed a particular criteria area. (Example: "John Doe makes a difference each day by seeking resources and support for the children who ride his bus. After he finishes his bus route each morning, he spends his day rounding up coats for those who need them, contacting support staff regarding assistance for a child who may be dealing with a divorce or a death in the family, etc.")

Applications not submitted in accordance with the stated guidelines will be disqualified.