Connie Buford Student Service Leader Award

The AISA Board established in January 2023 that the award shall be named and funded in memory of Connie Buford, a distinguished international education leader who served as AISA’s Executive Director from 1988 to 1997.  Her love of Africa, her enthusiasm for building community, lifting up and helping others, and her passion for student service learning live on in this award.

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This award is for a student service leader who is able to demonstrate a commitment to his/her/their community and to using critical thinking, empathy and principles of sustainable development to engage with a community-based issue or need.

The student(s) must be able to demonstrate:

  • personal attributes of a changemaker (which could include a deep awareness of global issues and the Sustainable Development Goals, active listening, mature awareness of self and others, and a commitment to purposeful and critical action over time)
  • an understanding of community assets and needs
  • an understanding of reciprocal community partnerships and action
  • an understanding of the principles of sustainable development
  • integration into the school’s service learning program or initiatives, and connection to a curricular area of study
  • the ability to take action in a sustainable and reciprocal way, either face-to-face or online, to create impact and positive, purposeful change
  • a detailed rationale or plan of how prize money from this award would be used to extend sustainable action and change with this partnership/experience*
  • personal reflection of what they have learned from a community partner and how they have grown through a community engagement/service


A US$ 1,500 award will be granted to a school to recognise a student or a group of students who demonstrate their service and commitment to the community. The school will allocate this funding to support the awarded project. The student will receive a plaque and letter from AISA to recognise their outstanding achievements.

Nomination Guidelines

Each AISA Full Member school is invited to nominate a student/group of students each year to be considered for this award.

  • Only one application per school per award, please select the best
  • A plaque and a letter will be sent to the winners’ school heads to be presented to the award recipient at the school year-end ceremony.

Nominations Key Dates: 

  • Nominations open: 1st April 2023
  • Closing: 30th October 2023
  • Announcement: February 2024 (AISA-GISS)
For more information about this award contact or click the button below to complete the nomination form.

AISA will present these awards annually at the AISA Global Issues Service Summit (AISA-GISS), beginning in February 2024 and will communicate to the AISA community and family of supporters through written and digital communications.

A webpage on the AISA website will celebrate this award, profile the awardees, and recognise supporters.

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